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Published on Nov 27, 2016
Scholars are increasingly turning to social media platforms like Twitter to disseminate their research and connect to others in their academic community. To help us understand how scholars are using Twitter, we studied tweets from nearly 500 education professors and grad students. We found that most tweets from these scholars mentioned or replied to other users, and one third contained hashtags and links. Professors tended to have more followers than students, and used hashtags more frequently and in different ways. Further, rather than providing an egalitarian platform for sharing research, we found many factors influencing the scholarly reach a user has. We feel it is important to remember that online spaces can be manipulated, and that role differences and power dynamics found in real life are often replicated in these spaces.
Veletsianos, G., & Kimmons, R. (2016). Scholars in an Increasingly Digital and Open World: How do Education Professors and Students use Twitter? The Internet and Higher Education, 30, 1-10.