What follows are the notes I took during that session under various categories.
I have an account now what?
Best Practices for Tweeting
I'm too Busy For Twitter
Using Twitter to Help in Your Research
Ideas for Tweeting about/for Research
Using Twitter to Communicate with the Public
The Demographic on Twitter
Tools for Tweeting
- Not casual/feels like work
- Processor hog
- Can look overwhelming
- Easy to filter
- Easy to manage multiple accounts (e.g. a personal and a work one, and/or accounts for organizations).
Tweeting for an Organization
What do we want/get out of Twitter?
Convincing People to TweetWe get things out of it
Any evidence for the benefit of the use of twitter? - Conclusion was nothing convincing, but we keep looking.
Also since the meeting, we found links to two interesting articles in the Journal for Communication of Astronomy with the Public about the use of Twitter:
Tweeting Space Craft: Communicating Space Science in the Age of Web 2.0, by Janet Vertesi (Princeton University) in 2010.
Live Casting: Bringing Astronomy to the Masses in Real Time, by Pamela Gay, Phil Plait, Jordan Raddick, Fraiser Cain and Emily Lakdawalla in 2006.