UCLDIS Goes Viral
By Anne Welsh, on 13 January 2012
It started at a meal for PhD students in the Centre for Digital Humanities, based here at the Department of Information Studies.
A discussion of the importance of being able to state your research aims in a concise manner led student Susan Greenberg to tweet on the way home
Meanwhile, Head of Department Claire Warwick asserted
which sparked some debate on the possibility and desirability of expressing a major research question in 140 characters or less.
To widen discussion out to members of the department who are not in UCLDH but are active on twitter, yesterday morning I tweeted from the UCLDIS Student account, asking our students to take up the challenge:
Since then there have been hundreds of contributions worldwide to the
#tweetyourthesis hashtag. I thought, for the record, it would be useful to collate tweets from research students here at UCLDIS, where it all began:
— Susan Greenberg (@sgediting) January 11, 2012
And one from a recent alumnus:
If you’re a UCLDIS research student or PhD alumnus and haven’t tweeted yet (or if I’ve accidentally missed your tweet), comment here, @, DM or # UCLDISstudents and I’ll add you to the summary here. As Claire Warwick has put it
— Claire Warwick (@clhw1) January 12, 2012