• It took me a little while to feel like there was some cohesion to what I was posting! I found it really useful to make some notes about who I was trying to speak to (general public, archaeologists, historians, students…) and how to pitch the posts to all these groups. I’ve tried to loosely pick a few themes to address in my posts and not to retweet stuff I’m really interested in but has nothing to do with my research. If you post personal stuff about other hobbies or interests I’d definitely recommend having two accounts which I’ve done with both Facebook and Instagram. Hope that helps!

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  1. Hi Sarah
    really enjoyed this post. Well done and thank you so much for the advice! I notice that your tweets come from SarahHresearch. Do you think it is better to have your name as part of your twitter account? If so why? At the moment I opened my twitter profile only a few weeks ago. Any hints for getting fast results?


    • Thanks Erika! The academic accounts on Twitter that I follow seem to be of two types: 1) individuals sharing their research and opinions, and 2) individuals/groups addressing a particular topic (think @researchwhisperer!) or representing an organisation or project. I used my name for Twitter because I fall in the first category. I don’t think it’s essential but it seems to be what most people do because you are trying to get yourself out there with the research and general community.

      For me the rewards of social media came pretty slowly which is why I was really focusing on practicing writing at the beginning. That being said, hashtags can really help boost posts! I’ve had most likes on posts with hashtags including #WarOnWasteAU, #beards, #ceramics etc. Tags that potential followers might be looking up.

      I’ve also found that even though I don’t have many followers a lot of my posts end up being seen by two or three times as many people again. Which is pretty cool right?

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