Personal Professional Website – Part 2

Here is my much anticipated update of creating your very own personal, professional website.  Continue reading

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Opening workshop blog

Oops – I have just discovered that I should have done a blog on the opening workshop.  It might have been a good idea to have done this straight away rather than leave it to the last minute.  So here goes.

It was a very useful introduction to the on-line world but it quickly became clear  that despite my view that I was fairly up to speed here I soon realised that I was some way behind.  I was concerned by the legal and ethical issues of blogging and I guess the key message is that you must be careful and that once “it is out there” it is impossible to get “it” back again.  (I subsequently did the blogging course a few days later which I recommend.)  It is clearly important to build a following and so it is important to establish on-line presence through networking.  I now have a twitter account, I do have a LinkedIn account but I’m not on Facebook yet.  (I remain a curiosity amongst my friends and family but so far social networking really doesn’t appeal to me yet.)

However, before I start blogging in earnest I want to have some confidence that it is something that I will maintain and so at present I am blogging without the web which I guess is called  logging.  I am interested in the personal website approach and look forward to updates from Asim.

I have since done most of the optional modules but only covered RSS with a post and so I better do one more soon!

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

Adding categories and tags to your blog posts

Categories and tags are a way of helping readers to select and understand the content of your blog posts – for example adding the category ‘Multimedia’ and the tag ‘Youtube’ will let someone browsing your blog know what they can expect to read about in that post. Many blogging platforms, including WordPress, will also index categories and tags, so they will appear in the search results if someone uses the search function on your blog.

Categories can be understood as general subject headings – see the BBC website for an example of their use:

Here, the categories are News, Sport, Weather etc.. For your Research 2.0 blog posts, you might choose from the Online Identity, Legal and Ethical Issues or Blog categories to describe in general what you are writing about.

To add more detail to the description of you blog posts, you also add tags. These are keywords about specific aspects of a subject, or subjects. For example, under the category News, the BBC website uses the headings Business, Politics, Health etc. to break down the content in more detail. These more specific headings function like tags :

If, for example, you used the Blog category for your post, you could add tags such as WordPress, Communication or Publishing to describe it in more detail.

To add categories to your blog posts, use the Categories menu on the right hand side of the New Post editor:

To add tags, use the Tags menu, also located on the right of the New Post editor. Tags are entered manually and must be separated by commas:

Categories and tags in WordPress also act as hyperlinks – if you click on the Blogs category anywhere on this site, it will link to all content assigned to that category. The same applies to clicking on tag headings.

For more on categories and tags, click here.

(Categories used for  this post: Blogs. Tags used for this post: categories,tags,organisation,content_management,readers)

Mendeley workshop

We had a good turnout at the Mendeley workshop earlier this afternoon – if you came along, please let us know what you think about Mendeley, and whether you’re going to use it.And if you want to know more about how people at Imperial are using Imperial, again let us know, we can put you in touch with Mendeley Advisors here at the College.

And a reminder, Twitter for Researchers is running next Monday (23rd) and you can sign up for that at the Library website.

 

Personal Professional Website

As per my recommendation in my previous post, I have gone ahead and bought my personal domain name asimbhuta.com, which cost me approximately £10.

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