Resources: Twitter and

This is a selection of resources generated for the @WesternAnthro Social Media and Digital Tools Discussion Group. Resources range from introductory or “how to” quick guides to theoretical commentary on the platform or tool’s use in academia. While I do believe that all of the links included here are useful for thinking about and/or using the tools, the inclusion of a link does not necessarily indicate my endorsement of, or agreement with, views expressed therein. Please share links to additional resources in the comments below!


The Academic Benefits of Twitter by Carole McGranahan (Savage Minds Blog Post) NOTE: The comments at the bottom are also interesting.

 “Why Twitter? What value does Twitter offer to an academic? And, are you missing out if you are not on Twitter?”

Tweets Loud and Quiet by Jon Bruner (

“The profile that emerges suggests that Twitter is more a consumption medium than a conversational one–an only-somewhat-democratized successor to broadcast television, in which a handful of people wield enormous influence and everyone else chatters with a few friends on living-room couches.”

Twitter as a Cultural Resource Outreach Tool by Sarah Miller (Archaeology, Museums and Outreach Blog)

“Social media is a hard sell for heritage professionals not already engaged in on-line activities for their personal life, especially so for Twitter.  One reason to consider social media is its ability to reach new audiences and build a following to create buzz.”

The Complete Guide to Twitter’s Language and Acronyms by Lauren Hockenson (

“From the basic beginner to a tweet-savvy expert, this cheat sheet will help you navigate the perplexing and concentrated language that often appears in the stream, and make you seem like a regular pro in no time.”

10 Commandments of Twitter Etiquette by Vadim Lavrusik (his own personal blog)

“… 9. #Thou #Shalt #Not #Hashtag #Every #Word”

Some tools I use that enhance my Twitter experience: 

  • Tweetdeck – manage multiple accounts, display multiple feeds (follow various hashtags at once for example)
  • Bitly – shortens links to keep character count down (Example: “” becomes “”)
  • Buffer – manages multiple accounts, allows you to schedule posts and tweets, and posts across multiple platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+
  • Storify – allows you to document twitter conversations as a permanent record of the discussion (good for sharing tweets from a conference or lecture,  or for documenting academic collaboration. See, for example: Tweets from Latour’s Distinguished Lecture at AAA 2014 meeting in Washington, DC.
  • Tweet2Cite –  generates academic citations for Tweets, will format for MLA, APA and Wikipedia

Interview with Richard Price, CEO by Hadas Shema (Scientific American Blog)

 “ is a San Francisco-based start-up, which currently has 1.8 million registered users and 4.5 million unique visitors a month, with about 4,000 new users registering every day.” 

 Should You Share Your Research on by Menachem Wecker ( NOTE: this website has an competitor (Vitae), so read with this in mind.

“For many scholars, isn’t just about exposure; it’s about analytics. In addition to tracking the number of users reading and downloading your articles, the site will tell you who’s searching for you online. If you’re interested in the reach of your scholarship, this can hold real appeal.”

‘Someone Searched for You’: and Me by Christopher Phelps (Chronicle of Higher Education)

“One thing my stats confirm, if anyone still needs this to be confirmed, is that we live in a global age—one that is nonetheless skewed by existing biases in language and resources. My page has drawn eyes from Tunisia, Greece, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Australia, Pakistan, South Korea, Brazil, France, Germany, Thailand, and Turkey, among many other countries.”

Social Networks for Academics Proliferate, Despite Some Doubts by Katherine Mangan (Chronicle of Higher Education)

“Academics’ communication overload is apparent on some of the networking sites, where discussion groups are empty shells and some profiles haven’t been updated in a year or more. Still, the founders and regular users of the sites insist they are having a profound impact on how scholars go about their work.”

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