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Get connected: Communicate and interact

Use social media to promote yourself and your work

Curtin Social Media

Stay informed with Curtin's Official and Community Social Media sites.

Social media can provide benefits for researchers:

  1. Engaging with one’s peers
  2. Enhancing awareness
  3. Developing professional connections


Yammer Collaboration Software is used by Curtin to provide a private social network for staff that allows you to get connected to the right people, share information across teams and organise projects.

Working Together Teamwork Puzzle Concept by lumaxart


People working together by isbg6

Crowdsourcing is about obtaining research ideas and content by soliciting contributions from an online community, rather than from employees or colleagues.


Subscribing to blogs, email lists and other current awareness services is a good way to stay informed about latest research developments. Be careful with your subscriptions or you will be overwhelmed with information.


Search for blogs using dedicated search engines including:
Email or academic lists
Sign-up to receive email discussions, send questions and contribute. You can unsubscribe at any time. Searchable directories of lists include:
Professional associations will often have email lists too.


Using RSS feeds
A title and short summary is 'fed' to you through a reader, with links to the full content, when new content is added or updated.


Sites with feeds will have a small button that says either RSS or XML, or this symbol
To find out more about how RSS feeds work you can view the following video.



Despite communications being limited to 140 characters, Twitter offers an opportunity for you to form networks with people who have similar interests and share information.


Things to do on Twitter
  • Interact with the outside world.
  • Share your experiences.
  • Get answers to your research related questions.
  • Keep tabs on your competition.
  • Follow conferences you can’t attend.
Source: 10 ways researchers can use Twitter by Salma Patel.


Get started
  • Search Twitter for keywords meaningful to your research, job or teaching.
  • Sign up for an account.
  • Edit your profile; add a few details about yourself and an avatar/profile image.
  • Start following  5-10 people.
  • Write a few posts about what you’re doing, reading or writing.
Source: Microblogging by JISC Web2practice
Source: Microblogging by JISC Web2practice


'It's not publish or perish anymore - it's get visible or vanish'


Altmetrics (or Article-Level Metrics) track web usage to quanitfy how scholarly articles are shared, used and discussed on social media and publisher sites. Altmetrics:

  • complement citation counts and the h-index, with emerging data sources
  • include new types of scholarly communication such as blog posts, tweets, bookmarking and reference managers.

 Read more about Altmetrics