Social media

Social media sessions Part 2: LinkedIn and professional tweeting

Following on from the previous month’s successful run, I continued my series of lunchtime talks in March with two sessions.

Tweeting for the Trust – personal and professional uses of Twitter

Slightly unusual one. This was a panel discussion, chaired by me, featuring 4 very active Twitter users from various parts of the Wellcome Trust who use Twitter in a professional and personal capacity. The idea was to provide an insight into why and how Twitter has been so valuable to them in their work, but also how (and if) they keep their personal and professional Twitter lives separate.

The speakers were:

  • Mark Henderson, Head of Communications @markgfh
  • Hillary Leevers, Head of Education and Learning @hleevers
  • Danny Birchall, Web Editor, Wellcome Collection @dannybirchall
  • Amy Sanders, Programme Manager, Wellcome Trust @amyplatypus

I managed to persuade (bribe) two of our graduate trainees to live-tweet it for us, so here’s a summary:

LinkedIn for Beginners

Very popular session explaining the nuts, bolts and best practice for LinkedIn. I learnt a lot of valuable things about the service – more than I thought I did, although a few features still puzzle me. I also, usefully, discovered that LinkedIn’s privacy settings are on the whole very transparent and easy to understand, which makes a change from most social networking services!

(Rather detailed) crib sheet:

The next sessions are on Advanced Twitter Skills and a Hitchhiker’s Guide to Blogs. Will blog here once they’re done.

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