4 thoughts on ““Why do you find Twitter useful as an academic?””

  1. Twitter also makes a great Short Messaging Service at overseas conferences.

    Twitter saved me a fortune at CSUN12 International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego earlier this year. DMs and posts were free through wifi, far preferable to eye-watering mobile roaming charges. Simple “where are you?” and “meet at 10 in lobby” type messages allowed me to keep up on formal and informal events, find co-workers for preparation meetings for panels and so on. In this sense, twitter a valuable tool for immediate, co-located and temporary international networks, as well as those more meaningful exchanges in knowledge mentioned above.

    Perhaps more importantly, Twitter could be accessed by the vast majority of conference delegates. EasyChirp.com offers a web-accessible alternative to the Twitter.com website that was used by many blind and VI colleagues and delegates at CSUN. This aspect of twitter’s accessibility is essential to me as an academic wanting to engage with my field and peers. Few other services have this capacity.

  2. (Missed the original Tweet…)
    I find Twitter useful for keeping up-to-date on data releases (e.g. Census Bureau, Pew Research Ctr., etc…) and for ideas on current/relevant content I can use to keep my lectures fresh.

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