AU MA Social Media

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Social Media and Academic Research

Posted by wonghyhelen on July 26, 2012

More scholars use social media to market their research. However, according to Amanda Alampi, the social media manager for NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, social media can do more than that. For instance, scholars can post their research progress and receive feedback from other scholars or even the public to improve the research or get inspired. Also, they can follow other scholars in the same field to keep up with the news in their industry. They can even find trends for research on Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest and pin the ideas that they want to study in the future.

Social media also bring the serious academic research closer to the public. If scholars tweet about their research findings, then the general public would at least be aware of the research work especially they do not read research paper line by line on academic journals.

I hope more scholars will use social media to bring themselves closer to the public. Sometimes research findings are useful and insightful to us, but we rarely get the research paper unless we have to read for class. It can also add some personality to scholars because they always seem serious to the public. I wonder if the scholars will try to simply their researching findings by using different social media tools to make their findings easier to absorb– maybe explaining the proof of a math equation one step a day through Tumblr?


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