10 Commandments of Twitter for Academics

Katrina Gulliver at the Chronicle of Education composes the 10 Commandments of Twitter for Academics. These are all excellent tips, not only for those in academia, but anyone who wants to fully leverage the massive microblogging application Here are her first five recommendations:

  1. Put up an avatar. It doesn’t really matter what the picture is, but the “egg picture” (the default avatar for new accounts) makes you look like a spammer.
  2. Don’t pick a Twitter name that is difficult to spell or remember.
  3. Tweet regularly.
  4. Don’t ignore people who tweet at you. Set Twitter to send you an e-mail notification when you get a mention or a private message. If you don’t do that, then check your account frequently.
  5. Engage in conversation. Don’t just drop in to post your own update and disappear. Twitter is not a “broadcast-only” mechanism; it’s CB radio.