@PsyTweeps is a Twitter account that showcases a different contributor every week (that’s you!). You’ll have six days to “takeover” the account – from 8am (GMT) on the Monday through 8am (GMT) the following Sunday. Below are some general ideas which will help you make the most of your experience on PsyTweeps.
- Don’t be scared. People follow PsyTweeps because they want to hear from a range of people with a range of experiences. Academics, experts by experience, applied psychologists, students, service users, animal trainers, teachers – everyone has a unique story to tell, and all are valued here.
- Introduce yourself. Set the scene for who you are, as it’s important that followers know a bit about you and your background. You will, of course, have your bio on the website – don’t be afraid to refer to this and expand upon it. And link back to your own account! Don’t be afraid to shamelessly self-promote during your week with us.
- Introduce PsyTweeps. We want you to have a fun, interactive and engaging week. So let others know that you’re taking over the account. Announcing your takeover on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc can help you get more engagement and introduce new people to the account.
- Keep it accessible. PsyTweeps followers come from a range of backgrounds – just like the people who take over the account. Try to keep your tweets understandable to a “lay” (non-expert) audience. It’s great to talk about complex topics! Just break it down so that everyone can understand them as well as yourself.
- Keep it regular. We’d like you (and others) to get the most out of your week with us – so try to tweet every day if you can. Consider making a rough action plan about what you want to talk about on each day that you’re tweeting. If you have three topics to talk about in a day – spread it out! People from all over the globe follow PsyTweeps, and not everyone will be able to appreciate your coffee-fueled morning discussions.
- Engage with others. People may respond to your tweets with questions, comments, or thoughts of their own. Keep the conversation going! @reply them with a response and retweet them so that the wider audience can see their contribution to the conversation.
- Credit where credit is due. If you post a link to an article or picture, @mention the creator(s). If you’re discussing an institution, organisation or person, @mention them and get them involved.
- Use hashtags. People can easily locate tweets by searching for #hashtags. Popular events usually have their own dedicated hashtags, too. Using them increases our exposure and the potential for interaction.