Category Archives: Networks

My third blog – Networks and networking

I join LinkedIn sometime ago.  Not because I wanted to but because someone I knew sent me a link.  Access to the link required me to set up an account and before I knew it I was in.  I was then pestered to add my CV, offered the opportunity to check who of my contacts were members of LinkedIn so that I could “invite them to join my professional network, etc, etc.  But all I wanted to do was to access the link someone had sent me.

And then the deluge began.  Emails arrived everyday from people inviting me to join their network.  Most of whom I barely knew or didn’t like  but of course not wanting to offend I clicked “yes”.  This just added to the deluge because the other members of their network were advised that I was a new member.  So I then received invites from people I didn’t know, who were members of networks of people I didn’t like.  It was getting completely out of control and I just had to stop joining networks and accept that I was going to upset a few people I didn’t know.  But of course it does’t stop.  LinkedIn tracks you professional networks and then “helpfully” provides suggestions of networks you might wish to join as well as advising others of your network.

I had expected that once I became a member of a network that I would then be constantly contacted but very fortunately it didn’t occur.  It seems LinkedIn is just like any other social network where for many members a key statistics is the number of “friends”you have.  Whether you have any contact with them or not is unimportant.  I have since slowly built a “real” professional network from contacts that I want to be in contact with and hopefully they want to be in contact with me.  Occasionally I still get invites but unless I actually want to join I just say no.  So my recommendation to anyone thinking of joining LinkedIn is, don’t be too overwhelmed by the number of people who want you to join their networks and be choosy.  To many of them you’re just a statistic.

So after my LinkedIn experience I decided I needed to be just a little more careful with this networks stuff.  But I was attracted to Twitter and the concept of mini-blogging.  So I became a “silent” member a few weeks ago, just to get a feel of what was going on and started following a few contacts.

I hadn’t done any tweeting until a few days ago when I was watching the men’s Olympic cycle race.  Twitter was going beserk with the progress of the Brits and the diminishing prospects of “Cav”.  I tweeted “don’t worry his team will easily close down the gap” and of course they didn’t, ruining my credentials as a cycling buff.  After the race I then tweeted to Cav “why weren’t the Germans prepared to help” completely forgetting that “Cav” wasn’t likely to be the only person to receive my tweet and there was probably one or two Germans also.  I was then inundated by responses from irate Germans  accusing me of xenophobia, none of whom, incidently, answered my question.  The simple fact was that “Cav’s” main contender was a German who I admired and I was really looking forward to a sprint finish between the two.  However, his team had to work with the Brits to catch the lead group.  If they had done so, in my view they were guaranteed gold and silver – “Cav” with gold of course.

Anyway, apart from this my experience of Twitter has been surprisingly good.  There are a few  inane comments which are easy to ignore. It can get out of control occasionally with obsessive “retwitters”.  I quite like the personal feeling of a tweet from a celebrity even though I know there are thousands of other followers.  I need to have a look at Tweetdeck and Twitterfall but my overall feeling is that this is a very powerful medium for building a professional network which I shall certainly be taking advantage of.  I just have to try harder not to upset anyone!

A reminder to get blogging!

Hi all,

We hope you are managing to find some time to work through two of the optional content modules, as a reminder they are:

Do remember that to complete the programme you need to add three posts to the 2012 participants blog by the end of July. If you are having any problems at all doing this, please do get in touch!

Thanks!

Twitter for Researchers @ Imperial College 23/07/2012

At today’s Twitter for Researchers workshop, Martin Eve, a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sussex, explained the benefits of using Twitter for a researchers. Martin stated that Twitter is a useful tool for building your researcher profile, connecting with academics in your research field, and for asking questions about your research subject. He also debunked some of the common misconceptions about Twitter, i.e. that it it can cause you to waste time, and that it is full of trivial information. Martin then went on to explain how to set up a Twitter account, and how to use the tweet, follow and connect functions, as well as going through direct messaging and the use of hashtags. You can view Martin’s presentation here, and the tweets from the day, from Library staff and the new-to-Twitter researchers who attended, are below (via Storify):

  1. martin_eve
    RT @jennye: @martin_eve mention of Twitter Lists. I’ve added you all to the Imperial Tweeters list: https://twitter.com/#!/jennye/imperial-tweeters #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:44:32
  2. AnnetteHenryRD
    @aDude4Food Morning! I was on a course about social networking, we were getting to grips with Twitter #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:36:50
  3. aDude4Food
    Good morning @AnnetteHenryRD. May i ask what is the hashtag #imptwitter is all about?
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:29:47
  4. research20
    Thank you to @martin_eve for running our #twitterforresearch workshop this morning. All participants seem very engaged #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:21:55
  5. ShengxiShao1
    #imptwitter@ShengxiShao1 I’m a Chinese wearing a white shirt, who is my pair?
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:18:13
  6. AndrewICLibrary
    RT @research20: @martin_eve now mentioning metrics such as http://www.peerindex.com/ though they are not necessarily reliable #imptwitter #twitterforresearch
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:17:51
  7. jennye
    @martin_eve now mentioning metrics such as http://www.peerindex.com/ though they are not necessarily reliable #imptwitter #twitterforresearch
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:16:56
  8. research20
    @martin_eve now mentioning metrics such as http://www.peerindex.com/ though they are not necessarily reliable #imptwitter #twitterforresearch
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:16:56
  9. AndrewICLibrary
    RT @jennye: I’m looking for the tweeter in green (?with an iPhone)? #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:16:21
  10. AndrewICLibrary
    @martin_eve doubtful on Twitter metrics for research publications #imptwitter #research20 #altmetrics
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:16:06
  11. jennye
    I’m looking for the tweeter in green (?with an iPhone)? #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:15:01
  12. LouiseHull4
    #imptwitter are you looking for me? I’m the girl wearing glasses 🙂
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:14:34
  13. AndrewICLibrary
    RT @jenniferlachs: Who is wearing the checked shirt? Is it @ITheodorou ? #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:13:41
  14. jenniferlachs
    Who is wearing the checked shirt? Is it @ITheodorou ? #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:13:25
  15. AndrewICLibrary
    RT @jennye: Hmmmm now participating for a bit…need to find one of the participants. I think they are using an iPhone? #imptwitter #twitterforresearch
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:13:23
  16. AndrewICLibrary
    RT @RobSpel: I’m wearing a black polo shirt trying g to find the girl sitting across from me…. Best way I could think of =D #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:13:17
  17. ruthej
    Workshop people trying to find #imptwitter participants on Twitter with no info except that they’re in same room 🙂 #research20
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:12:52
  18. jenniferlachs
    RT @RobSpel: I’m wearing a black polo shirt trying g to find the girl sitting across from me…. Best way I could think of =D #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:12:42
  19. AnnetteHenryRD
    Well, I don’t even know who I’m looking for! But as I have my profile picture up if you are looking for me you should find me! #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:11:59
  20. jennye
    Hmmmm now participating for a bit…need to find one of the participants. I think they are using an iPhone? #imptwitter #twitterforresearch
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:11:55
  21. RobSpel
    I’m wearing a black polo shirt trying g to find the girl sitting across from me…. Best way I could think of =D #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:11:15
  22. AndrewICLibrary
    Time for the ‘find a random person in the room on Twitter’ challenge #imptwitter #twitterforresearch Like a 21st C version of 20 questions
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:11:00
  23. jennye
    @martin_eve mention of Twitter Lists. I’ve added you all to the Imperial Tweeters list: https://twitter.com/#!/jennye/imperial-tweeters #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:10:15
  24. AndrewICLibrary
    #imptwitter #twitterforresearch @martin_eve explaining Home, Connect, Discover columns on Twitter interface
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:09:21
  25. research20
    @martin_eve now mentioning metrics such as http://www.peerindex.com/ though they are not necessarily reliable #imptwitter #twitterforresearch
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:16:56
  26. AndrewICLibrary
    @martin_eve doubtful on Twitter metrics for research publications #imptwitter #research20 #altmetrics
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:16:06
  27. ruthej
    Workshop people trying to find #imptwitter participants on Twitter with no info except that they’re in same room 🙂 #research20
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 03:12:52
  28. ruthej
    @ImagingFat @research20 not aware of specific guidelines for Twitter. Can anyone help? #imptwitter #phdchat
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:57:47
  29. research20
    @martin_eve mentioning Twitter clients: HootSuite, Plume and TweetDeck. Participants now trying TweetDeck #twitterforresearchers #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:57:29
  30. research20
    @martin_eve mentioning Twitterfall to display a group of tweets #twitterforresearchers #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:53:55
  31. ImagingFat
    @ruthej @research20 It’s for recruiting patients or volunteers to research studies.
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:52:27
  32. ruthej
    @ImagingFat @research20 recruiting people via Twitter or finding research opportunities?
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:45:14
  33. ImagingFat
    @ruthej @AnnetteHenryRD @imperiallibrary @research20 Thanks. TIll then, are there any guidelines about research recruitment vis twitter?
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:43:15
  34. PostSonntag
    RT @ruthej: @AnnetteHenryRD @ImagingFat we’ll definitely run more #imptwitter if there’s demand! Keep an eye out @imperiallibrary @research20
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:42:45
  35. research20
    Participants for all mentioned #imptwitter hashtag in their tweets to find each other. Now practicing retweeting #twitterforresearchers
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:42:02
  36. RobSpel
    RT @AndrewICLibrary: Practicing @ mentions and hashtags with @martin_eve #imptwitter #twitterforresearch @research20 @imperialcollege
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:41:18
  37. ruthej
    @AnnetteHenryRD @ImagingFat we’ll definitely run more #imptwitter if there’s demand! Keep an eye out @imperiallibrary @research20
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:41:00
  38. AndrewICLibrary
    Practicing @ mentions and hashtags with @martin_eve #imptwitter #twitterforresearch @research20 @imperialcollege
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:28:49
  39. research20
    Welcome to all of our participants to today’s #twitterforresearch workshop being run by @martin_eve #imptwitter
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:28:22
  40. AndrewICLibrary
    At @research20 ‘Twitter for Researchers’ workshop @imperialcollege , presented by @martin_eve #research20 #twitterforresearch
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:26:20
  41. AndrewICLibrary
    At @research20 ‘Twitter for Researchers’ workshop @imperialcollege , presented by @martin_eve #research20
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:25:06
  42. research20
    @martin_eve how to find people to follow: recommendations, hashtags and retweets #twitterforresearch
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:24:49
  43. ruthej
    Tweeting at Twitter workshop has begun @imperiallibrary #research20
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:24:02
  44. research20
    Participants now setting up Twitter account and trying to describe themselves and their research in 140 characters #twitterforresearch
    Mon, Jul 23 2012 02:22:08

Presentations from Monday’s workshop

We hope you enjoyed Monday’s workshop, here are the Prezis that Ruth, Mark and myself presented.

Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools and technologies: opening workshop, 2 July 2012 (Ruth Harrison, Team Leader: Education and Research Support)

Giving yourself an online presence. What’s in it for me? (A case study) (Dr Mark Hahnel, Digital Science)

Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: Optional modules (Jenny Evans, Maths and Physics Librarian)

Twitter for Researchers workshop

Monday 23 July, 10:00 – 12:00, South Kensington, SALC7

Twitter is a microblogging service that asks you to tell the world what you are doing in 140 characters or less, and can be used to build up a network of like-minded people. By selecting other Twitter users to follow, you can build up contacts across a wide range of interests. Many in the academic and research communities use Twitter for professional communication of their research, pointing followers to notable items such as papers, articles, news stories, and blog posts, as well as links to other resources, photos and other media.

This session, run by Martin Eve (University of Sussex), is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Twitter.

Martin Eve is an associate lecturer and tutor at the University of Sussex, specialising in the novels of Thomas Pynchon. He is also a certified computer programmer (MCP) and writes for the Guardian Higher Education Network.

Sign up for these sessions via the Book a Workshop link on the Library home page.

Imperial Tweeters List

If you are interested in who is on Twitter at Imperial College London, I have just updated the list I created twelve months ago.

See Imperial Tweeters for the list. It might be a good place to start monitoring the conversation!

Welcome to our July 2012 programme

Our workshop runs today from 14:00 – 16:00 in SALC6, South Kensington campus. Today’s workshop will cover:

Programme blog

Compulsory content

  • Online identity
  • Legal and ethical issues

Presentation by Dr Mark Hahnel, Digital Science and Founder of Figshare

Overview of optional modules

  • Blogs
  • Multimedia
  • Networks and networking
  • Online collaborative tools
  • RSS
  • Social bookmarking, citation and reference management
  • Wikis

WordPress Participants blog

We encourage you to monitor this blog, either by setting up an RSS feed or an email alert, so that you can see how other participants are faring with the programme and interact with them.