Research: Presenting yourself online

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There are many ways you can make information about yourself and your work available online.

You can use a webpage or a blog to promote what you want people to know. By creating news feeds or using Twitter you can disseminate news about your project, and podcasts will allow you to make talks and lectures available online. You can also take part in online social networks, both to make yourself known and to connect with others.

Examples of tools you could use:

  • Blogs - easy publishing online
  • Facebook - social networking site
  • LinkedIn - social network for professionals
  • Newsfeeds - aggregation and dissemination of information
  • Podcasting - publish audio or video online
  • Twitter - 'micro-blogging'. frequent updates in 140 characters or less
  • Webpage - publish text, images, links in your personal webspace

To think about

Having an online identity can be useful as others can learn about you and your research. There may, however, also be some drawbacks with this and you have to consider carefully what information you are making available and how you do this. You may not want to (or be legally allowed to) make your research results available online before they are examined or published elsewhere.

Also remember that there is not necessarily a distinction between what people can find out about you in your role as a researcher and about you as a private person. If you write a blog with your thoughts on every member of staff in your department, or publish photos of your last weekend with your mates, this will be part of your online identity just as much as any webpage or blog presenting your serious research.