B – Twitter: a guide for academics and researchers

Mollett A, Moran D, Dunleavy P. Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities. Impact of social sciences: maximizing the impact of academic research, LSE Public Policy Group, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. LSE Research Online September 2011

Twitter is a form of free micro-blogging which allows users to send and receive short public messages called tweets. Thousands of academics and researchers at all levels of experience and across all disciplines already use Twitter daily. How can such a brief medium have any relevance to universities and academia? Can anything of academic value ever be said in just 140 characters? This guide answers these questions, ahowing how to get started on Twitter and showing how it can be used as a resource for research, teaching and impact activities.