I asked this question on Twitter earlier today. Here are some of the answers I got:
@mark_carrigan helps me join a multitude of intellectual dots and weave global threads of thinking and connection
— Trish McCluskey (@trilia) April 12, 2016
— Trish Paton (@trishpaton) April 12, 2016
@mark_carrigan I was isolated both geographically but also intellectually. I found community on Twitter.
— Lee Skallerup (@readywriting) April 12, 2016
— Debbie Holley (@DebbieHolley1) April 11, 2016
— Alexia Maddox (@alexiamadd) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan It has the potential to make habitual streams of info that are outside my main academic interests.
— Glen Cochrane (@GlenFCochrane) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan connecting w/ people who challenge my thinking & assumptions; offer/receiving kindness & support; building trust; 3rd space.
— Catherine Cronin (@catherinecronin) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan making new connections, often in unexpected areas; finding information I have not even thought of looking for
— Dirk vom Lehn (@dirkvl) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan I find SM a useful resource in sharing industry news with students. Students use it all time so its vital we do!
— Nicole South (@NicoleSouth3) April 11, 2016
— ♀Šonj.N.Štan.Niaah▲ (@CultureDoctor) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan expands professional community well beyond my disciplinary boundaries & nation of citizenship
— Frank Pasquale (@FrankPasquale) April 11, 2016
— Paul Prinsloo (@14prinsp) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan so many reasons. But perhaps best is way it builds collegiality inside & outside academy. great for bridging &bonding capital
— Sarah Lewthwaite (@slewth) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan keeps you connected when most of what you do – writing – is lonely and painful!
— Judie Gannon (@doctorjudieg) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan 1. Meeting people, 2. Making gifs at/of conferences makes them 200% more fun, 3. Can express my ideas through emojis 💁📲👌
— Ashleigh Watson (@watsona_) April 11, 2016
— Dennis Raphael (@DennisRaphael01) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan Keep in touch with colleagues. Find out about new papers/journal issues. Discuss with others.
— Anne Tierney (@goze01) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan In fields where elements of practice and practitioner perspective can change quickly (e.g. law) it is an essential gauge.
— Trevor Colling (@Work_Biscuit) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan we're all busy, it's good for having a sense of community of people (meeting similar challenges/strugles across institutions)
— Dr. Raphaël Nowak (@raphahead) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan 1) expanding networks 2) finding out about new papers, Cfp and events
— Helen Barcham (@HelenBarcham) April 11, 2016
@mark_carrigan Opportunities for calls and conferences (often free) invaluable for ECR; inter/multidisciplinary networks transcend geography
— Alison Mayne (@newbiephd) April 11, 2016