Developing Your Networks: Social Media at QUB

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Published on March 7, 2014

Author: HelenDixon1



Presentation for researchers and postgraduate research students on how social media can be used for networking

Developing Your Networks: Social Media at QUB Dr Helen Dixon Information Services @SocialMediaQUB Join the conversation at #QUBnetworking

Forget Farmville and World of Warcraft. Creative self-affirmation is the most popular game online. We play this game whenever we select material to share with friends or craft messages to frame our posts. The name of the game is to present oneself, via one’s tweets, posts, likes, comments, and shares, in the light in which one aspires to be viewed. http://philosophyforchange.wordpress .com/2012/07/26/foucault-and-social- media-the-call-of-the-crowd/

Key features of Social Media Anyone can be a publisher or a participator Instant communication with almost anyone, anywhere Access to extensive information and resources Emphasis on sharing and reusing resources Creation of new ‘virtual’ communities

Advantages Easy to use and access Most are free Variety of tools for different purposes Instant communication Wide exposure Easy to track topics You can learn from your followers Facilitates collaboration

Disadvantages Time management difficulties/distraction Information overload/white noise Intellectual property, privacy and security issues Loss of control Misinformation and premature publication Blurring of personal/professional boundaries Risk of bullying/abuse Lack of recognition for online efforts

Which social media tools are we using?

Social Media tools Interact/ Communicate • Facebook • Google+ • Wiki • Blog • Twitter • Storify • Audacity Share resources • • Instagram • SlideShare • YouTube • Pinterest • Delicious • Prezi Network • LinkedIn • Twitter • Yammer • Academia • ResearchGate • Cloudworks • Mendeley Looking for other suggestions? academics/

Which social media tool is most useful for researchers? Take our poll at:  oice_polls/XEFqf158kHb6x26/web #QUBnetworking

Professor Jack Anderson – Sports Law #QUBnetworking

Professor Paul Connolly - Education

What do you want Social Media to do for you? Online profile Expert status Personal brand Network Community Collaboration Research Data collection Publication Professional development Personal learning network Career opportunities

“Involvement in or resistance to online interaction is largely rooted in ideas and beliefs about identity, privacy, voice, authenticity and power. ” m/2012/12/19/enacting-digital- identity/ #QUBnetworking

Why should you use Social Media? A positive online profile can enhance your professional image You have information and expertise to share Blogging about your area of expertise can help establish you as an expert in your field and allow you to reach new audiences You can promote your publications and increase citations You can easily network with others who have similar interests and keep yourself informed You can keep up-to-date with conferences and events

Social Media and the academic research process Collaboration Identification of knowledge Creation of knowledge Quality assurance of knowledge Dissemination of knowledge Social Media: A guide for Researchers | Research Information Network

Putting yourself online Create a professional image Develop a personal brand Establish yourself as an expert

Click to view our Social networking Prezi #QUBnetworking

Social Media and networking Communicate and collaborate with people outside your personal circle Manage connections efficiently Tools will recommend connections Networks easily identified Can become complex Information overload Harder to avoid people Spam/sales people Blurring of professional and personal activities

Tips for social networking Create and maintain a professional and consistent online profile Include qualifications, skills, research interests Don’t forget an appropriate image! Don’t spread yourself too thin! Update regularly but don’t overload Always remain courteous and professional Exchange online profiles at conferences or events Don’t rule out connections outside your research area

Thinking of setting up a Queen’s affiliated social media site? Read Social Media Policy for Staff Obtain approval from Head of School Need at least 2 admins Register your site at Contact for advice #QUBnetworking

Useful resources  Vitae Innovate/OU Handbook of Social Media for Researchers and Supervisors  niversity_Social_Media_Handbook_2012.pdf Digital research tools  RIN Social media guide for researchers  research/social-media-guide-researchers #QUBnetworking

Useful resources JISC Digital Media guides  Facing up to Facebook  cing-up-to-Facebook-A-Guide-for-FE-and-HE-02-October- 2013.aspx Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities  ed-Twitter_Guide_Sept_2011.pdf Social Media Support at Queen’s     #QUBnetworking

Social Media Training Introduction to Social Media Facebook for Beginners Twitter for Beginners LinkedIn for Beginners Using Social Media for Teaching and Research Managing a University Social Media Site  #QUBnetworking

Questions #QUBnetworking

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