The A to Z of Social Media for Academia

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This post accompanies the newly established ‘Social Media News’ email list for academics and university support staff, sharing info about the latest platforms for use by academics in their professional lives. This is more about tools we can use to create or curate content, rather than a list of resources for use in academia. It will update periodically, but please also send me your recommendations to add. If you want to follow on twitter, we are using #socialmediaHE All listed items are recommended by academics for use in their professional lives, thanks to those who’ve provided links and descriptions. Scroll down to see a reverse chronological order, instead of alphabetical list.
Latest update: 02 December 2014.

A is for…

About.me - if you don’t have a website, then this is for you. It aggregates your social media content, giving you a stylish, one page website EXAMPLE

Academia – share your papers, track their impact, follow colleagues EXAMPLE

Altmetric – subscription based tracker for your publications’ impact across different social media metrics

Amazon Author Central - create a profile page, add your authored books, link to social media, upload videos EXAMPLE
AudioBoo – broadcast audio pod casts

AutoCollage – a free Microsoft tool for use in teaching, uses face and object recognition to swiftly create a collage of several images.

B is for…

Bitly – Save, search, and organize all your links from around the web. Group them into bundles. Share them with friends.

Buffer – a way to manage your social media postings, it auto schedules posts, you just keep it topped up.

Bundlr – a bit like Pinterest, aggregates content from elsewhere. Worth trying to see how it compares

C is for…

Chapter Swap – this new start up is a place where you can get peer review on your work before submission. It’s still early days, but you can sign up and await more info.

Cinemagram – for the uber creative academic, pre-cursor to Twitter’s Vine and more creative. Make an animated gif from photos (Gifs are back, btw) EXAMPLE

CiteULike - a social bibliographic database for all your readings EXAMPLE

Coggle It - Collaborative mind mapping tool

CoverItLive – engage remote audiences during events

CreateSpace – An Amazon company helping you to self-publish books

Crowdbooster – social media analytics tool to figure out what the hell is going on!

D is for…

Delicious – the recently revived social bookmarking site EXAMPLE

Devonthink – a useful way to store and manage your work and related media, which finds connections between content where you perhaps wouldn’t find them.

Digg – a user rated news delivery service, sharing what’s buzzing online.

Diigo – a research and collaborative research tool and a knowledge-sharing community and social content site

Dipity – a bit like storify but in a timeline format, eg from Nature News

Dlvr.it - a service which allows users to link their various social networking tools in order to reach a larger and disparate audience.

Doodle – Useful way of scheduling meetings or making group decisions.

Dropbox – for making sure the essentials are backed up

E is for…

Emaze – If you are bored with powerpoint and scared of Prezi, then try emaze. It’s pretty snazzy EXAMPLE

EndnoteWeb – the online bibliographic package for storing your reading lists

Eventbrite – a ticket management system for events

Eventifier – create archives of events

EverNote – If you like taking notes at conferences and want to share them or just have them accessible across devices, this works.

ExplainEverything – powerful iPad app to do screencast lectures, import multimedia and more EXAMPLE.

F is for…

Facebook – for social networking with colleagues

FigShare – allows researchers to publish all of their research outputs (presentations, figures, papers, data, etc) in seconds in an easily citable, sharable and discoverable manner EXAMPLE

Flickr – for curating image sets, finding resources, and amazing royalty free images EXAMPLE

FrontiersIn – Frontiers Research Network is a science publishing platform with a social networking dimension EXAMPLE

G is for…

Google+ - the community spaces from Google EXAMPLE

Google Drive – for collaborative writing

Google Scholar – recently providing new additional services, like Google Authors and citation tracking for you or people you rate. A real must have ident EXAMPLE.

H is for…

Haiku Deck - another whizzy online presentation app, which cleverly embeds imagery from around the web, making it super speedy to make things pretty EXAMPLE

Hootsuite – a very nice app to bring together all of your social media accounts

HubZero – open source software platform for creating dynamic web sites that support scientific research and educational activities

I is for…

iAmScientist – global community of science, technology and medical researchers who come together to accelerate research, support career development and drive the distribution of discoveries

ifttt – ‘if this then that’ is a service which allows users to connect various channels (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feeds, SMS, etc) and to create recipes. A recipe includes a ‘trigger’ (if this) and an ‘action’ (then that).

Infogr.am - who needs a bar chart, when you can present stats in a creative, social format?

Instapaper – Keep track of articles, websites, and anything you don’t have time to read immediately but want to save for later.

Issuu – to upload your pre-prints in a beautiful format for online viewing EXAMPLE

iTunes – a place to upload your media content

J is for…

Jiscmail – old school social media using email lists! EXAMPLE

JournalMap – a scientific literature search engine that empowers you to find relevant research based on location and biophysical attributes combined with traditional keyword searches.

K is for…

Kickstarter – who needs the research councils? Get your project started with this fund raising tool.

Klout – for a more intricate understanding of your Twitter activity and influence

Kred – a visual history of your Social Media Influence

Kudos – Launching in 2014, Kudos is a free service, currently under development, designed to help you increase the impact of your published research articles.

L is for…

Lanyrd – Allows you to add events, discover new and exciting conferences and track your friends to see what events they are attending

LinkedIn – if you don’t have a website, then your LinkedIn profile can substitute + great discussion groups here EXAMPLE

Lino – a post-it or virtual pinboard with bells on

Livestream – create and watch live broadcasts

M is for…

ManyEyes – IBM’s data visualization software

Mendeley – reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research EXAMPLE

Moodle – open source course management system

Morfo – create an avatar from your photo and make it say/do anything (like read a cyborg article from the future you’ve written? No? Just me then!) EXAMPLE

MySpace – Relaunch of the social and music discovery site.

N is for…

O is for…

P is for…

Padlet – a blank wall onto which you can write, embed and link images/video, useful for brain-storming, mind-mapping, and live collaborative collage EXAMPLE

Paper.li – create digital daily newspapers around specific keywords EXAMPLE

Pheed – Social media platform offering distinct features like voice-notes, audio clips and live-broadcasting.

Pinpuff – measure of your popularity on Pinterest and value of your each pin.

Peer Index – Social impact metric score (Similar to Klout)

Pinreach – social / impact scores for Pinterest

Pinterest – social website pinboard to keep track of things and share them EXAMPLE

PlumAnalytics – measuring research impact.

Pocket (formerly Read it Later) – Discover an interesting article, video or web page save it your pocket feed and view it later.

PollDaddy – create free polls on your websites

Popplet – a collaborative mapping tool

Prezi – spice up your presentations with the zooming software, now with 3D EXAMPLE

Projeqt – a nice aggregating slideshow platform, drop in video, live tweets, pdf, text, and more. EXAMPLE.

Prismatic – create newsfeeds based on your interests

Q is for…

Quora – ask a question, follow a question, find an answer. Subject and topic guides. One tool to initiate research development.

R is for…

RateMyPI – as it sounds, you can rate PIs to help figure out who’s great (or not) to work with. Just getting started in 2013 EXAMPLE

Reddit – a great place to share articles / blog post and a huge traffic driver!

ResearchGate – a social networking site for academics

S is for…

Scoop.it – create a themed magazine, intro video here

Screenr – ever needed to screencast a presentation? this works without any download and goes live immediately. Give lectures from a distance and publish.

Scribd – share your documents in a large social community EXAMPLE

SiteSucker – Lets you download whole websites for later analysis/processing/etc.

Skype – for videoconferencing on the fly

SlashDot – self-described news for nerds platform, science and tech related.

SlideRocket – design your presentations online EXAMPLE

Slideshare – as it says, upload your documents/slides EXAMPLE

SocialBro – analytic tool and social media management platform

Soundcloud – for any one wanting to share of find audio material, this is a neat solution.

SpeakIt – a text to speech iPhone/iPad app with very good quality translation

Spotify – well known for listening to music, but you can also upload. useful for music scholars, research, curate, share, publish

Storify – create a single story of an event, bringing together select social media activity

Storyful – helps newsrooms discover and verify the best content on the social web, good for media studies

StumbleUpon – let the web come to you with this discovery engine

Survey Monkey – as it sounds, create surveys and share them.

T is for…

Topsy – social media insights tool

Tout – Capture 15 second video updates and publish them in real-time to your social networks EXAMPLE.

Tumblr – a blogging platform (picture oriented)

Tweetbot – Twitter client for MacOS and iOS devices, lets you have multiple twitter feeds (e.g. different hashtags) open at the same time, useful for conferences

TweetDeck – the Twitter owned space to monitor and tweet

TwentyFeet – track your social media stats.

Twitter – the micro-blogging platform to end all others EXAMPLE

Twitterfall – visualize tweets during a conference to create another layer of activity

TWUBS – register a hashtag and help people find your event / project / etc

U is for…

Udemy – I guess ‘Academy’ for ‘U’. Join upload a course, slides, video lectures, and even charge for it. It may be a new marketplace for university short courses and the like.

Ustream – if you don’t have technical assistance to film your event, Ustream does it for you with a few clicks, but has awful full screen commercials that will just interrupt your broadcast.

V is for…

Vimeo – if the short upload limit on YouTube doesn’t suit your needs, then upload to here. EXAMPLE

Vine – The new 6 second video app from Twitter EXAMPLE

Vizify – For those who want to create a personal website, the content is which is drawn from all social media feeds. Looks great. EXAMPLE.

Vizibee –  Mobile platform for journalists and publishers to capture, break and share short-form quality video with the audience EXAMPLE

Vyclone – an iPhone app that lets you mix video taken from multiple, simulatenous recordings. Just all point and click and the app does the rest.

W is for…

Wallwisherace tool for mind mapping, brainstorming, lists, + more. Creates a blank page for you to populate with content

We Follow - this platform has its problems – eg. the long-since deceased Pierre Bourdieu is still present – but it can be a good way to find out people in your field who are on social media. Search by subject. It ranks based on your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin data EXAMPLE.

Wikipedia – follow and edit terms in your area to promote your association to a body of literature

Wordle – create word clouds from data to understand influence and importance within text EXAMPLE

WordPress – still the best platform to start publishing in a website EXAMPLE

X is for…

TEDx – ‘Ideas worth spreading’ start off local, visit these events for great insights into the next thought leaders. Many are run by academics.

Y is for…

Yammer – a private social network for use within an organization. Many universities now using this to collaborate securely across departments, geographies, content and business applications.

YouTube – still the most popular video upload destination EXAMPLE

Z is for…

Zotero – another bibliographic tool that also helps you share resources

 

Here’s the same list again in the order it was added, most recent first with the facebook like count, where applicable. Over time, this will give you a sense of what’s new or what’s popular.

Haiku Deck - another whizzy online presentation app, which cleverly embeds imagery from around the web, making it super speedy to make things pretty EXAMPLE

JournalMap – a scientific literature search engine that empowers you to find relevant research based on location and biophysical attributes combined with traditional keyword searches.

Vizibee –  Mobile platform for journalists and publishers to capture, break and share short-form quality video with the audience EXAMPLE

Kudos – Launching in 2014, Kudos is a free service, currently under development, designed to help you increase the impact of your published research articles.

Chapter Swap – this new start up is a place where you can get peer review on your work before submission. It’s still early days, but you can sign up and await more info.

Google Scholar – recently providing new additional services, like Google Authors and citation tracking for you or people you rate. A real must have ident EXAMPLE.

About.me - if you don’t have a website, then this is for you. It aggregates your social media content, giving you a stylish, one page website EXAMPLE

Screenr – ever needed to screencast a presentation? this works without any download and goes live immediately. Give lectures from a distance and publish.

We Follow - this platform has its problems – eg. the long-since deceased Pierre Bourdieu is still present – but it can be a good way to find out people in your field who are on social media. Search by subject. It ranks based on your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin data EXAMPLE.


Spotify – well known for listening to music, but you can also upload. useful for music scholars, research, curate, share, publish

RateMyPI – as it sounds, you can rate PIs to help figure out who’s great (or not) to work with. Just getting started in 2013 EXAMPLE

Amazon Author Central - create a profile page, add your authored books, link to social media, upload videos EXAMPLE

Projeqt – a nice aggregating slideshow platform, drop in video, live tweets, pdf, text, and more. EXAMPLE.

CreateSpace – An Amazon company helping you to self-publish books

HubZero – open source software platform for creating dynamic web sites that support scientific research and educational activities

iAmScientist – global community of science, technology and medical researchers who come together to accelerate research, support career development and drive the distribution of discoveries

Dipity – a bit like storify but in a timeline format, eg from Nature News

Peer Index – Social impact metric score (Similar to Klout)

Devonthink – a useful way to store and manage your work and related media, which finds connections between content where you perhaps wouldn’t find them.

SiteSucker – Lets you download whole websites for later analysis/processing/etc.

Doodle – Useful way of scheduling meetings or making group decisions.

SpeakIt – a text to speech iPhone/iPad app with very good quality translation

AutoCollage – a free Microsoft tool for use in teaching, uses face and object recognition to swiftly create a collage of several images.

Morfo – create an avatar from your photo and make it say/do anything (like read a cyborg article from the future you’ve written? No? Just me then!) EXAMPLE

CiteULike - a social bibliographic database for all your readings EXAMPLE

Hashtag – try following these to stay abreast of your areas of interest and to meet new people

Infogr.am - who needs a bar chart, when you can present stats in a creative, social format?

iTunes – a place to upload your media content

ManyEyes – IBM’s data visualization software

PollDaddy – create free polls on your websites

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Twitterfall – visualize tweets during a conference to create another layer of activity

Wordle – create word clouds from data to understand influence and importance within text EXAMPLE

Gone, but not forgotten (a list of old favourites, now defunct or removed from the A-Z)

MyOpenArchive – international Non-Profit Organization that advocates Open Access for never-before-published research papers on the web and provides Self-Archiving

Posterous- micro-blogging platform, a different way to blog

Gowalla – location-based social network launched in 2007 and closed in 2012

 

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