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Research Toolbox: Using Twitter as a Research Tool

Posted Dec 16 2009 12:00am

Twitter is a social messaging tool for friends, family, co–workers, and communities to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. It is a great place for keeping people informed on what you are doing without the need to spend a lot of time writing an entire blog post on the topic. The message can be a link to a study, a report, or a news article.

Here at CMCH, we use Twitter to promote the various CMCH information tools such as Facebook , CMCH Blog and Ask the Mediatrician, and to keep up on the latest research and posts on the topic of media and children’s health. 

How can you use Twitter to keep you informed on the latest research? Here are a few tools and tips to help you start using this tool:

Twitter in Plain English

  • This YouTube video gives you a  quick intro the micro-blogging service
Twittering for Beginnings by Paul Boutin, New York Times
  • One-page cheat sheet for getting started
Twitter? It’s What You Make It by David Pogue, New York Times
  • Offers good advice for beginners on what to expect, and not expect
Twitter for Research: Why and How to Do It, Including Case Studies by Hendry Lee
  • Provides insightful information to use Twitter effectively as a research tool
How to Ask Effective Questions on Twitter
  • This post offers a few tips for asking questions effectively on Twitter

Posted on December 16, 2009 at 01:15 PM in Research | Permalink

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