Professional networks…

Ah – something which I’d done prior to 23 Things starting is setting myself up on LinkedIn.  It’s a useful way of staying in touch with colleagues, groups (some organisations are closed groups i.e. you must be a member of the group to join its LinkedIn presence), companies and other organisations.  A LinkedIn profile can have many sections – but it’s easy to tailor.  You can also add details of certificates gained etc.  Take care when deciding who can edit your profile!!  Read up about 1st, 2nd etc. degree contacts.

I enjoy getting news when someone changes jobs or has a work anniversary – and also recommend people and endorse their skills / expertise when appropriate.

LinkedIn isn’t a place for listing papers, so that’s where and ResearchGate come in.  Having Googled colleagues, most of mine use ResearchGate so this is the way that I’ll go.  It’s great that you can get papers from colleagues and make new connections.  I’m intrigued by “Out of Curiosity’s” comment about bookmarks in but not in ResearchGate.

Professional networks…

Things 4, 5 and 6 – all in a flutter

As I’ve only just starting using social media I wasn’t expecting to have much of a digital footprint –   but I did think that I might be “present” as I’ve been using LinkedIn for a while (and used to take part in group conversations). However, Google didn’t find me until I also searched for work-related key words (e.g. eSMART). As expected, I was totally invisible on socialmention.

Having looked at some of the additional reading and colleagues’ sites (academic and business) I’ve decided to explore the various options further over the next few weeks and then decide how best to increase my online presence.  I’ll create accounts for “things” which I’m most likely to use and keep up to date

Thinking about Twitter, I came across something which might be of interest and posted it separately; see thing-5-twitter-article on social media outside 9 to 5.

When it comes to finding images and cartoons I’ve been searching bing, having selected a licence level of “Free to modify, share and use commercially”. Looking forward to Creative Commons (Thing 17) to see what the difference is. I hadn’t tried Flickr, Instagram or Pinterest before.

As a cat lover (thanks for the image at the top of Thing 6) here’s an image from Creative Commons area of Flickr.  Credit Nationaal Archief URL:



Things 4, 5 and 6 – all in a flutter

Thing 5 – Twitter – article

I think that I’m starting to get it now!  From looking at Facebook and Twitter accounts for various charities I can see how messages cascade and reach people who wouldn’t have been reached by direct means.

As one of this week’s things is Twitter I thought that I’d share this article.  It shows the power of organisations (charities in this case) engaging “real time” as a discussion develops.  Food for thought.

Don’t restrict your social media to 9 to 5

(It was sent as part of the “Popular in your network” email from Twitter.)


Thing 5 – Twitter – article

Thing 1 – What’s in a name?

Firstly, thanks for providing 23 Things.

As a virtual stranger to social media and not a blogger (before now) my first hurdle was thinking up an interesting / intriguing username (and therefore web address). Inspired by someone else’s play on words I came up with ‘A “short” researcher (mm)’ – as I’m definitely not tall and my initials are mm (millimetre).

The closest that I get to social media is LinkedIn but have thought of setting up a Facebook account – to keep up with news from friends and family. From a work perspective I have been on some MOOCs which, whilst not social media, did involve forums and students / lecturer’s posting material for clarification or discussion, using tags. I found that really useful, as is the ability to contact people or groups via LinkedIn when wishing to e.g. advertise an event or ask a question – or simply keep in touch.

The project which I’m currently working on, e-Supportive Care, involves both Facebook and Twitter – so I created a Twitter account earlier this week. I hope that I’ll be able to use it efficiently shortly! (I might skip ahead to those Things.)

On Friday I was looking at the Facebook and Twitter pages of various charities and have seen that some people have “liked” the posts about our study. It even told me how many likes there were – so I’ve an idea of the number of potential recruits!

So – I’m beginning to see that social media can be used to reach people, advertise things, find information and grow a “network”. It’s another way of getting the University, Faculty, School, projects and individuals better known, building working relationships with people whom I’d not have “met” otherwise.  However, I’ll be mindful of the source of information and am concerned about the possibility of information overload. Hopefully there are techniques to help with this.



Thing 1 – What’s in a name?