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#arma2012: Using Social Media in Research Support

Most of us have now returned from this year’s ARMA conference (apart from those who’ve bravely stayed on another few days for the PraxisUnico conference). A full write-up will follow, but in short the event was largely excellent: I attended several exceptionally interesting and useful workshops, made new connections with colleagues across the sector, and ate far too much rich food!

As previewed earlier this week, Julie Northam (Bournemouth), Adam Golberg (Nottingham), Phil Ward (Kent) and myself presented a workshop on “Using Social Media in Research Support“. It seemed to go down very well, and we’ve received positive feedback both in person and on Twitter following the event. Here are the slides – comments greatly appreciated:

In general it felt to me like more delegates were engaging with social media right from the start of the conference. But don’t just take my word for it: according to SearchHash the #arma2012 hashtag saw 327 tweets from 74 users. I wasn’t able to get the numbers for last year’s conference, because Twitter makes it difficult to find older tweets, but this is a significant increase. Most tweets were over the 2 days of the conference, with peak times being Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (86 and 82 tweets respectively).

Peoplebrowsr reckons the most popular hashtags of the conference (apart from #arma2012 of course) were: #openaccess, #researchproposals, #ktp, #ref2014 and, er, #zilchopilcho. The top tweeters at the event (based on Klout score) were @frootle (Phil Ward, Kent), @lostmoya (aka yours truly), @brookes_ktp (Emily Brown, Oxford Brookes), @cash4questions (Adam Golberg, Nottingham), @dpotta (Dave Potter, Joseph Rowntree) and @annamgrey (Anna Grey, York).

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