One way you can join in The Brain Dialogue is by using Twitter (it’s free). For information on where and how to create an account, see here.
Using Twitter, you can contribute ….
If you add #BrainDialogue (not case sensitive) to your Twitter post, it will appear on The Brain Dialogue website. By searching Twitter for #BrainDialogue, or looking here, you will be able to see your comment and other people’s.
This means you can share news items and research papers, thoughts, questions, pictures and photos, etc. with other people interested in brain science.
We keep an eye on tweets using #braindialogue, and also contribute to the #braindialogue discussions.
However, if you really want our attention, include @braindialogue in your tweet.
… or watch from the sidelines.
You can also be totally reserved on Twitter, and use it to just follow other people’s posts without ever commenting yourself. This can be a very efficient way to find out about a topic that interests you, such as brain science.
You can follow us by searching @BrainDialogue and clicking the “follow” icon. Our tweets will now appear in your twitter “feed” as we post them.
You can create a useful, informative feed, by searching Twitter for other people and organisations who share information that is of value to you.
But isn’t a tweet too short to be useful?
Twitter gives you just 140 characters. That can seem tight at first, but you quickly learn to be succinct enough to share valuable information. You can also add a url that takes people from your tweet to an item on the web. You can shorten the url so it takes fewer characters, using a service like bitly.
Creating a Twitter account
You create an account at www.twitter.com. It’s easy to do. One tip: In your tweets, your “user name” — also called a twitter handle — appears like so “@UserName” and your “name” appears like so “Name”.
You can add a photo or image if you like, but it’s not compulsory. You also can add a short description of yourself and what you do — it’s called a “bio” — but again, not compulsory.
Here’s a screen shot, showing some examples of names, usernames, and bios.
A note on Facebook:
If your Facebook page is set to “Public”, and you use #BrainDialogue, #tagboard, the software we are using to display comments will be able to pick up some of them. Unfortunately, at the moment the results are inconsistent.
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