Many academic researchers or research groups use social media to alert their colleagues to research developments; or share information using scholarly communities on the web. These sites can be a valuable way of keeping up to date. Twitter, blogs, email lists or discussion groups and online scholarly communities are some of the ways in which you can keep up to date.
The group has also produced a useful introduction for academics entitled Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities: A guide for academics and researchers
Twitter is a microblogging service that is optimised for mobile devices, and is great for learning about and sharing research. You can:
To learn more about how Twitter works checkout Getting Started with Twitter.
You can subscribe to blogs that have been created by indiviuals or groups who 'post' items for information or discussion. Research groups, individual researchers, media outlets and professional orgnaisations are some possible 'bloggers'. Readers who subscribe to a blog can post their responses.
Networks or Communities of Scholars can be broad and global in scale, such as Arxiv or SSRN, or more nationally or locally focused, such as the Centre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI). These communities can be hosted and operate on web sites, blogs or email (discussion) lists.
Finding an online community of fellow researchers can be a valuable way of hearing about developments in your subject area and exchanging ideas. You can usually subscribe to these communities using RSS and many use Twitter to alert followers to new posts or articles.
Can be indivduals, groups or organisations. Some examples are below... there are over 100 million active twitter accounts.
Some examples of research blogs in different disciplines...
Below are some examples of online communities or sites for finding the latest information on a topic. Your colleagues may suggest more in your research area.