How to be an academic on social media

There’s an interesting discussion here on blogging, between Sam Kinsley and Jeremy Crampton. I’d add to Sam’s list of reasons to blog, the ability to respond quickly to current events. And I fully agree with Jeremy that twitter is where things seemed to be shared most effectively.  Clive Barnett has also responded, on his blog, here.

Open Geography

Sam Kinsley has been compiling (academic) geography bloggers, and in a recent post asked why it is that blogs don’t take advantage of social media more often:

It was a surprise to me how quite a few of those blogs, with some honourable exceptions, are tightly focussed conduits for personal research and are not participating in wider online/offline conversations. One of the big claims made for blogging in the noughties was, of course, that ‘social’ media precisely enable broader conversations. While the majority of those active geography bloggers I found use wordpress.com for their blogs they do not seem to use the ‘social’  functions such as ‘reblog’ and other conversation tools on the platform.

My immediate reaction to this is as follows. First, I do occasionally use the reblog function. This works very well within the WordPress ecosystem, but have you noticed how infrequently this option comes up on blogs or news stories…

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  1. Pingback: Curating attention (Being a sharing academic pt. II) | Sam Kinsley

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