Guest post by Julie Reynolds, Duke University

Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters, but I discovered it takes slightly more than 140 characters to convince colleagues of Twitter’s value. I’ll try to make my argument for why professionals should use Twitter, and I’ll do it in just 14 tweets. Here we go.

#1) Professional use of Twitter 1 of 3: Post URLs for blogs, articles, & events that you want to make public to a larger audience

  • #2) To promote publications, ex: “When Communicating with Diverse Audiences, Use Velcro to Make Science Stick
  • #3) To publicize students’ work, ex: “#DukeEngage interns turn dung into fuel in India
  • #4) To publicize events, ex: “Citizen Science Training Opportunity July 19, 2009

#5) Professional use of Twitter 2 of 3: Network w/folks who share interests or are using similar pedagogy/technology/research method

  • #6) Networking tip: be sure your Twitter profile has a descriptive bio so people can find you, ex:
  • #7) Twitter can be like a virtual business card. Be sure your profile bio and webpage are up-to-date and informative
  • #8) Join a twibe to find similarly-minded people. Visit to search and join twibes
  • #9) Add yourself to twitter directory so people can find you (I use #scientist #conservation #educator)
  • #10) I posted ex of students’ use of edu software, was contacted by software maker to ask if they could showcase my students’ work!
  • #11) Retweet to share info & build community, ex: “RT @saprasanna: Our DukeEngage project is on Duke News:
  • #12) Search for keywords (or via Tweetdeck, my fav Twitr app) & follow people who have interesting tweets

#13) Professional use of Twitter 3 of 3: Back-channel conversation at conferences for feedback on talks & updates on things you missed

  • #14) Ex: search for #NECC09 for examples of rich conversation and information resulting from back-channel conversations at a conference

You can follow this conversation on Twitter by searching for #TwitValue. For professional updates, follow Julie at

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2 Responses to 14 tweets that demonstrate the professional value of Twitter

  1. Julie Reynolds says:

    Twitter does not archive tweets, so I have found that is an application that archives tweets. I have an archive from a conference I attended, that you can view here:

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