Deborah Lupton on ‘Social media for academia: some things I have learnt’

Deborah Lupton is a sociologist in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. She specialises in the sociology of medicine and public health, risk, the body, parenting culture and childhood, food, obesity politics and critical weight studies, the emotions, and digital sociology.

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2012 was the year of my big experiment: trying out various forms of social media for academic purposes. I was in many ways a social media novice when I began, as I had only really dabbled in Facebook, Academia.edu and LinkedIn before my period of experimentation began. But around the middle of last year I made the decision to jump in with both feet and try as many social media platforms as I could, all in the name of sociological experimentation as well as personal interest in what I could achieve using these tools.

Here are some of the things I have learnt thus far:

  • Twitter is an invaluable tool for academics. Through using Twitter I have made wonderful connections with a range of people I never would have encountered otherwise across a diversity of countries. I have had fascinating conversations in real time not only with other sociologists but…

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