I signed up to Twitter somewhere in the middle of my PhD studies and it was like discovering a new world. It actually helped me feel better as I discovered all these people sharing their difficulties in academia and sharing so many tips. It’s also a great platform to follow academic news and even academic positions offers. However, like the famous account Shit Academics Say summarized in one tweet, each social media has its own bias and Twitter tends to have a lot of negativity and political voices:
Academic social media
Google Scholar: I am my h-index
ResearchGate: Give pdfs back pls
Academia. edu: Give time back pls
Instagram: My desk & wine glass y’all
LinkedIn: Low key leaving my uni
Facebook: Everything is great mom
Twitter: Burn it all down
— Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) December 8, 2017
Therefore, my most important tip for Twitter is to compensate the overwhelming academic stuff by following accounts like @EmrgencyKittens or @EverythingGoats, you’re welcome! :)
Second important tip is about one feature that I overlooked myself for a long time: Twitter lists! Indeed, with time my Twitter became a mix of so many different information that I sometimes lose sight of what I really want to see, like the people I want to follow closely and the news that are more closely related to my university. Now I see a Twitter list just like a folder where I add the accounts related to one particular interest of mine. Lists can be private or public.
For example, if you’re in Switzerland you could be interested in my list of Swiss Universities, Graduate Campus, Transferable Skills programs, Research Foundations, and CH & European programs, and for more European linked programs you could follow the list from the Euresearch Network 🇨🇭🇪🇺
@ Twitter accounts to follow:
- Me, obviously => @AcademiacNet 👍
- Humor (dark):
- Shit Academics Say
The account Shit Academics Say @AcademicsSay is not only one of the most famous academic accounts to follow (over 300k followers as of May 2019), but is also a social experiment by Prof. Nathan C. Hall (@prof_nch ) who is a professor at the McGill University in Canada studying Achievement Motivation and Emotion in academia. His @AME_Research group published many interesting papers and long reviews. In particular, they published a large review entitled “The PhD Experience: a review of the factors influencing PhD students’ completion, achievement, and well-being” (Sverdlik et al., 2018) but it is so long that most of you won’t read it, so I wrote a highlight of it here in my blog, you’re welcome again!
To err is human. To err repeatedly is research.
— Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) 24 mai 2019
- Reviewer Number 3 @thirdreviewer
This paper is more appropriate for a speciality journal. Like, one that specializes in terrible papers.
— Reviewer Number 3 (@thirdreviewer) 27 décembre 2015
I wrote a total of 78 words today. The struggle is real. #AcWri #Fail pic.twitter.com/QC0xQiUEPe
— Dr Academic Batgirl (@AcademicBatgirl) 21 mai 2019
- General tips
- @ithinkwell and @ithinkwellHugh <= I highly recommend!
In the #Impostersyndrome we often undermine our achievements.
We attribute our success to:
– good luck
– the job was easy
– other people
– hard work as opposed to ability#PhDForum #MRes #academictwiiter pic.twitter.com/KHr7V7CTE6
— Hugh Kearns (@ithinkwellHugh) 27 mai 2019
Improving your academic writing: My top 10 tips http://t.co/HPLfRgamWq for #GetYourManuscriptOut #PhDChat #ECRChat #Acwri folks.
— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) 16 juillet 2014
- Mental Health:
- Academic Mental Health Collective: @amhc2016
- @Ph_D_epression and their founder @SusannaLHarris
What advice do you have for the people starting grad school this fall?
— The PhDepression (@Ph_D_epression) 23 avril 2019
- If you’re in Switzerland:
- @cuso_skills = transversal program of the CUSO
- @MT180ch = Ma thèse en 180 secondes Suisse
- @CH_universities = swissuniversities
- @snsf_ch = Swiss National Science Foundation
- @SwissEuresearch = “Euresearch is the Swiss information and advisory service on the European Research and Innovation Framework Programmes.” sharing info about Horizon2020, Marie Curie Actions, and other European research programs.
How to Write a Competitive Proposal for #H2020 by Sean McCarthy, a distinguished expert on European Framework Programmes – register now: https://t.co/ELIz5P1rQN #proposalwriting @SeanMcCarthyHyp @unibern pic.twitter.com/kK7ZaYwluL
— Euresearch (@SwissEuresearch) 15 mai 2019
# Twitter hashtags:
Like mentioned in my previous article about Instagram for PhD students, one difference between Instagram and Twitter is that on Instagram you can follow hashtags easily while on Twitter you can’t. To help with that, some accounts are manually or automatically retweeting tweets with some specific hashtags.
The account @AcademicChatter is playing a key role in the success of #PhDchat and is not a robot, people can now even take over the account for one week to discuss their own subject of interest. A must follow!
Very happy to have hit 15k followers in just over a year and a half. My aim was to create an account that would help facilitate connection, support, and awareness for students and ECRs, I think we’re on our way to fulfilling that. Thank you all, stay kind and supportive :) Jon pic.twitter.com/PeEugICCs8
— Academic Chatter (@AcademicChatter) 6 mai 2019
For science communication, @Scicommbot is a robot automatically retweeting everything with the #scicomm hashtag.
- #AcademicTwitter, #academia and #scitwitter
- #PhDstudents, #postdoc and #withaPhD
- #PhDchat and #ECRchat = Early Career Researcher chat
- #PhDlife and #AcademicLife
- #gradschoollife, #gradschool and #gradschoolproblems
- #PhDforum, #PhDadvice and #howtoPhD
- #PhDtools and #PhDSkills
- #highereducation or #higherEd
- Mental support
- Writing & Communication
- #acwri = academic writing
- #scicomm = science communication
- #academicswithcats 🐈
- #HiddenCurriculum and here a great article to understand what this is about
Hi #AcademicTwitter: What is something that you didn’t receive formal training on, but that you view as very important to success & survival in your academic career?
Some of mine:
– navigating coauthor relationships
– project management
— Mirya R. Holman (@prof_mirya) 26 mai 2019
- #PhDweekend ’cause we all need weekends!
- #IcanHazPdf if you can’t access the PDF of a paper, you can ask the science twittersphere to help you, at your own risk…
- #WomenInScience and #WomeninSTEM
- #MeTooSTEM, #MeTooPhD and #MeTooScience about sexual harassment.
If you speak French:
“Je t’ai vu aujourd’hui tu es arrivé à 9h et tu es reparti vers 18h… Moi en thèse je passais minimum 16h par jour au bureau”#MonDirecteurMaDit
— Tom RZ (@tomrzah) 1 septembre 2018
- #MT180 = Ma thèse en 180 secondes
- #thésard, #doctorant
- #doctorat, #thèse
Thanks for reading my article today ! :) Have a look at the other resources on my blog, I’ve been writing about YouTube and Instagram for PhD students, and also about Project Management for PhD students and supervisors!
- No matter your PhD needs, PhD Twitter has you covered… by Mamothena, PhD student in South Africa
- 11 Essential Hashtags for Academics by Academia Obscura
- Five ways in which Twitter can be useful in academic contexts by Raul Pacheco-Vega
- 27 Hilarious academics on Twitter you need to start following today on the Editage Insights website