Pamoja is on Twitter (@PamojaUK) and we have used it as a medium to engage with stakeholders with clients such as the ReBUILD Consortium and the ‘Good health at low cost’ team.

We’ve found it a useful way of sourcing information, keeping abreast of new thinking, engaging in conversation with likeminded colleagues and spreading the word about promising projects and research. Many development organisations have integrated Twitter into their communications, campaigning and advocacy strategies. It’s also a really useful way of interacting with researchers and new and emerging knowledge and ideas. The London School of Economics ‘Impact of Social Sciences’ blog has some fantastic posts and resources for academics who are interested in using Twitter to encourage research uptake and improve research processes.

Jason Priem studied how academics used Twitter by looking at a group of 9000 UK and US based researchers. He found that,

  1. Twitter adoption is broad-based: scholars from different fields and career stages are taking to Twitter at about the same rate.
  2. Scholars are using Twitter as a scholarly medium, making announcements, linking to articles, even engaging in discussions about methods and literature. But the majority of most scholars’ tweets are personal, underscoring Twitter as a space of context collapse, where users manage multiple identities.
  3. Only about 1 in 40 scholars has an actively-updated Twitter account. This may seem small, but keep in mind that Twitter is only 5 years old; email was still a scholarly novelty 15 years after its creation. Taking the long view, the current count of scholars using Twitter is probably less important than its continued growth, which we see clearly.”

Academics who would like to learn more about how to use Twitter should check out the LSE post on using Twitter for Research Projects or download their guide which is one of the clearest, most practical resources we’ve yet to see on the topic.

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