Twitter questions

During today’s ‘Social media for researchers – Twitter’ session we had a number of Twitter-specific questions. Thanks to Louise for summarising:

Is @ a way of sending a direct message and does this appear on the receiver’s timeline? It’s a message targeted at them, and will only appear on the receiver’s timeline if they decide to retweet it. Otherwise they’ll just receive a notification. However, if you click ‘reply’ then your tweet will appear under theirs as a ‘conversation’.

If you unfollow someone do they receive a notification? No, they don’t, but they can see if their follower numbers are down and look through them!

You mentioned the necessity to stay connected, how often should you tweet? Build what you think is appropriate into your week, maybe once or twice a week to start with. Too many tweets may make people unfollow you, and perhaps make what you say more trivial. Think of the time of day that you tweet – if it’s first thing in the morning then America won’t have woken up! It depends on the audience you attract.

How would it measure impact? Altmetrics look at what’s being viewed, discussed, saved and cited rather, and include social media such as Twitter. We’re planning a Research Bites session in September on Altmetrics.

Does Twitter suggest people you can follow? Yes on your profile page, and it may also do this by email.

Can I set up my Android phone to be alerted when you’re tweeted? You can download an app for Twitter and can then choose to receive notifications when someone interacts with you.

How can I add a picture? When writing a tweet you have the option to add a picture, but this does count as part of your 140 characters. Pictures tend to enhance your tweet’s ‘click-rate’.

What does ‘favouriting’ do? It sends the tweeter a notification to say that someone likes their tweet, and may open up channels of communication – you can choose to follow them. Also you can view all of the tweets you have ‘favourited’ (from your profile), so you could use favourites like bookmarks.


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