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Alerts for Academic Use: Social Media

This guide is an informational tool on setting up notifications that alert individuals to information relevant to their interests.

Twitter

 
Popular Academic Twitter Groups:
  • @APA
    • APA (American Psychological Association) advances psychological science to promote health, education and human welfare
  • @chronicle
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education leading news source for higher education.
  • @facultyfocus
    • From the Faculty Focus blog, tweets focused on higher education professionals.
    • Information Services is the leading provider of library resources (databases, resource management, and e-books)
    • Updates from the Florida State University Libraries
    • Online research and teaching platform with a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive
    • the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts
  • @pewresearch
    • Notifications of research reports from Pew Internet & American Life group.
  • @ProfHacker
    • ProfHacker.com: Tips, tutorials, and commentary on pedagogy, productivity, and technology in higher education.
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  • @reformanet
    • The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking
  • @research_inform
    • RIN focuses on understand and promoting the information needs of researchers
  • @ResearchGATE
    • Creating an online community for scientists and researchers!
  • @Science Pond
    • A Twitter aggregator for science topics.
  • Wiley - twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
    • A wide range of twitter handles, Facebook pages, and LinkedIn groups - all related to Wiley publications

Twitter Lists:
A beneficial and often underutilized organizational tool of twitter is the option in the "Settings" tab of creating Lists. Lists allow you to classify multiple users on twitter under a specific topic or category which allows you to isolate the information these users post and view them independent of other tweets.
 

To Gain a better understanding of how useful such lists can be, please try the following links.

 

 

Blogs

  • Academic Blogs Portal
    A quick way to identify blogs on specific academic research areas.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education Blog
    Weekly news and job-information source for college and university faculty members, administrators, and students
  • Technorati.com
    This is a search engine for blogs. It allows users to search by keyword, the URL of any web page or the tag assigned by the blogger.

Facebook

Facebook is currently the most popular and widely used social media tool in the United States today. It is used by people spanning a large range of age groups, interests, and locales. It is also used by a multitude of companies, businesses, publishers, and other academia-related groups that are interested in connecting with the public. Therefore, Facebook can prove to be a useful information tool for academic needs and interests if utilized correctly.

Academic Facebook Pages

Managing Social Media

If you use multiple social media platforms to remain up-to-date on information related to your academic interests, then you may find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of information to the point of it all becoming unorganized and impractical. However, there are tools that can help you better mediate the information you receive through your social media accounts. Programs such as TweetDeck, Hootsuit, SpredFast, and many other applications are available to aid in the process of organizing and monitoring your social media account(s).

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