Twitter is a great way to share lots of relatively unimportant things. The food you ate for breakfast, the latest celebrity quote, a pithy message to your friends…and so on. But could social media outlets like Twitter also be a great way to enhance your professional standing?
Some historians are arguing, yes, absolutely.
Social media can connect you with possible collaborators, open up opportunities, and keep you current in your field. Also, events and conferences are so much more fun when you can engage digitally with those around you! It also gives you a chance to show a bit of your personal side to your colleagues.
Still not sure social media is for you? Take a look at this list of options. Find something that works for you!
- LinkedIn: If you are interested in a professional site that links you with others in your field, LinkedIn is a perfect fit. If you are interested in job-hunting in the near future, creating a profile is a near-must. Essentially, LinkedIn is a dynamic and interactive version of your resume that is available online.
- Academia.edu: Not ready to take the plunge on Facebook or Twitter? Academic.edu might be a great starting point. The website is like LinkedIn, but for academics and scholars. There are tabs to list everything on your CV.
- Twitter: Still the hottest social media outlet out there, despite a few naysayers, Twitter provides a great opportunity to get your voice out there. Unlike Facebook, which can be a bit cumbersome, Twitter forces you to streamline your message. It is a great way to share your upcoming presentations and articles, as well as see what others in your field are up to.
- [Think you might give Twitter a try? Check out essential Twitter “Etiquette” first!]
- Pinterest: The fast-growing social media platform, Pinterest gives you the opportunity to create and share collections of images and digital clippings. This could provide you with the perfect opportunity to show primary sources from your latest book, or post additional resources for your class.
- Facebook: If you are looking for a social media site that integrates photos, videos, and lengthy text – without the size limits of Twitter – Facebook is a great option. The social media site is still growing in popularity, particularly among professionals. You can post article abstracts, collections of images from a conference, and keep in touch with other scholars.
- Blog: WordPress.com, Blogger, and other blogging sites provide users with the chance to create meaningful content. Though posting might seem like an overwhelming at first, it is easy to get used to, and can feature content you have created in other arenas. An excellent blog is often the anchor, or core, of a great professional social media campaign.
- Do you use social media? Leave a comment, below, and let us know what you think!