2012-01-05 13:32:48Crowd sourcing the SkS twitter account
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
121.223.98.11

One of the grand ironies of me travelling to San Francisco to talk about social media is I've shamelessly neglected my own SkS twitter account. Physician, heal thyself! I should be tweeting every SkS blog post and other daily happenings but my activity has been sporadic.

So this is my thinking - we should crowd source the SkS twitter account. What I would do is provide the Twitter login details to just a few SkSers who are interested. It would mainly involve tweeting the SkS blog posts and any latest news/research/developments. We'd probably draw up some guidelines on what we should or shouldn't be tweeting to ensure some consistency.

So anyone interested in being involved? We don't need too many SkSers - I think just 2 or 3 for starters to test the waters.

2012-01-05 17:53:22
Alex C

coultera@umich...
67.194.37.115

I wouldn't mind helping out on that front John.

2012-01-06 12:21:56Guidelines for tweeting for @skepticscience
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
121.223.98.11

Thanks Alex. Have just emailed you the SkS Twitter login details.

This is a bit of a social experiment so I think this is something we'll explore and develop over time - we'll need to develop a set of guidelines based on Twitter best practices. We don't want to swamp the SkS Twitter account with rubbish tweets or we'll lose followers. I would suggest for starters we tweet:

  • SkS blog posts - we check if new blog posts have been tweeted. If not, tweet it (easy way to do this is via the Share button at the bottom of each blog post although I always delete the "via @AddThis" at the end of the automatically generated tweet in order to make it as short as possible)
  • Important climate news or blog posts - if I encounter a great blog post or some striking climate news (eg - new research), I tweet it in an engaging way

One tip - try to restrict your tweets to 120 characters so that other people can retweet it and include the RT @skepticscience in their retweet. This is good for promoting @skepticscience and getting more followers.

Any other tips, post them in this thread and I'll integrate them into our list of Twitter guidelines. And anyone else who wants to join this Twitter experiment, let me know.

2012-01-06 13:56:27
Alex C

coultera@umich...
67.194.43.42

It may be worth following major climate info outlets (such as NOAA), perhaps we would want to retweet some of the things that they post.

I myself follow ScienceInsider on their own website, perhaps they'd be a nice source for some climate info too (they have a twitter page).

2012-01-06 16:12:44Following good quality climate twitter accounts
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
121.223.98.11

Alex, feel free to follow other climate twitter accounts, the more the merrier.

2012-01-06 17:58:48
Ari Jokimäki

arijmaki@yahoo...
91.154.97.114

As I'm starting to make the weekly new research posts here and use my own Twitter account to inform about new papers as soon as they are published, I wonder if there's a need to tweet these also in SkS account. However, I hesitate to take new tasks currently, so one option would be to just retweet my new research paper tweets there.

2012-01-06 18:15:16Ari, SkS does follow @AGWObserver
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
121.223.98.11

So most efficient approach is if SkS retweets you - plus that promotes you.

One thing though - do you always use long URLs in your tweets? That's often been a drawback in me tweeting you because long URLs in tweets breaks the SkS design with the tweets down the right margin.

2012-01-06 18:27:15
Ari Jokimäki

arijmaki@yahoo...
91.154.97.114

Currently I use only long URL's because Twitter cuts them to 20 characters automatically. It saves some of my time. I have to think if there's a way to get this thing to work automatically.

2012-01-06 19:53:37Hmm, yep, seems auto-shortened
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
121.223.98.11

Retweeted one just now and in the retweet, the URL is short, on my Twitter homepage, the URL is long and on the SkS margin, it's short. Well, works for me...

2012-01-12 17:05:27
Ari Jokimäki

arijmaki@yahoo...
192.100.112.211

Retweets should be ongoing already. I have tweeted several new papers for this week.

2012-01-12 18:06:30
Alex C

coultera@umich...
67.194.39.67

Sorry about that Ari, I'll get on it.

Ok, did three.  I'll retweet three more in an hour or so, to give at least a bit of spread.

2012-01-12 19:06:41
Ari Jokimäki

arijmaki@yahoo...
192.100.112.211

Thanks, Alex.

2012-01-12 22:09:58Alex, great job
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
124.186.107.58
Going great, seeing blog posts in the twitter feed. Many thanks!
2012-01-13 03:34:25
Alex C

coultera@umich...
67.194.39.215

No problem John.

2012-01-15 13:39:41
Alex C

coultera@umich...
67.149.101.148

Ari - considering the number of papers you put up, I'm going to start tweeting every other one.  Otherwise, it will just overwhelm the page.

2012-01-15 18:02:52
Ari Jokimäki

arijmaki@yahoo...
91.154.97.114

It's ok.