One of the things I've noticed over the past few years is that there is an increasing number of academics using social media like blogs and Twitter. However, many still don't and Salma Patel, writing for the London School of Economics asks the question: "I’m an academic and desperately need an online presence, where do I start?" Patel provides some advice for academics who want to start to use social media as follows:
- Set up a Linkedin profile
- Set up an Academic.edu profile
- Use Twitter
- Start a Blog
- Start to use some of the many other "curation and sharing platforms" such as Delicious, SlideShare, Pinterest, Scoop.it, Pearltrees, Bundlr, Paper.li and Storify, Mendeley, Citeulike and Zotero
Quite a list!
I'm certain that in the future academics will find themselves providing details of all the above profiles when applying for positions on Colleges. Linkedin is now like an on-line CV, Who are you following on Twitter in your field (and who is following you)?, what topics are your blogging about? Your academic on-line presence will be just as important as how many publications you have!