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How to Help Others Find Your Work: Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work


One of my weirdest scholarly tics is a tendency to bury the most interesting or original part of my argument. The clearest example of this is my relationship with psychoanalysis. On the one hand, I do love Lacan and Freud, and I’m pretty sure that I could talk you around to my way of reading them. On the other hand, I almost *never* talk about it. (A quick search of my main pre-ProfHacker blog returns a mere 2 posts on Lacan, which surprises even me.)

This is weird for several reasons: I end u…

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A Good Time to Check Your Social Media Privacy Settings


Over at the New York Times “Bits” blog, Nick Bilton reminds us that we should review “who has access to [our] social accounts” from time to time. Services like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn often invite us to link certain services to our accounts, for reasons that vary from making it easier to update multiple accounts at once to being able to authenticate our identity for a third-party service. It’s all too easy to forget just how many of those third-party services have been granted a…

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From the Archives: Using Twitter

robinThe essential ProfHacker introduction to Twitter is Ryan’s appropriately titled post, How to Start Tweeting (and Why You Might Want To). He covers all the basics, including creating your profile, using lists, and following hashtags. But we’ve written quite a few other posts about this popular social media platform:

Making the Most of Twitter

Erin’s primer on Choosing #Hashtags explains how to make the most of this feature of Twitter.

I wrote about Using Twitter Lists to streamline your reading e…

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Weekend Reading: Valentine Edition

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Happy Valentine’s Day, ProfHackers! Or if you prefer to boycott the holiday, Flavorwire has posted its list of “13 Great Anti-Valentine’s Day Movies You Can Stream Right Now.” Choices include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Closer. I would add Neil LaBute’s In the Company of Men to the list. For the romantics among us, Better Homes and Gardens ran a list of the “Top Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day” including When Harry Met Sally and Somewhere in Time. Finally, on a related note, The New …

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Weekend Reading: Snowmaggedon SE Edition

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It’s not news to remark on the wildly inconsistent weather patterns that have played across the United States (and much of the rest of the world) this winter. In the last week alone here in South Carolina–where I live–the temperature has fluctuated from 9°F up to 67°F and then back down again to the single digits. And like our neighbors to the south in Georgia and Alabama, snow has forced the cancellation of schools and the closure of roads.

The traffic snarls in Atlanta have become the stuff o…

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Livetweeting Classes: Some Suggested Guidelines

livetweeting1At ProfHacker, we’ve written a lot about using Twitter in the classroom. Mark has written a framework for teaching with Twitter; Ryan about disposable Twitter accounts for classroom use; Erin on choosing hashtags. I’ve used Twitter in the classroom for some pretty successful assignments; particularly in the case of live tweeting films (see one of my previous assignments here). Unlike the typical passive viewing sessions, live tweeting allows instructors to directly engage in the student’s lear…

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From the Archives: Academic Conferences

name badgesConferences are an important part of many people’s academic careers: they provide the opportunity to present your research to specialists in your field; to talk with friends and colleagues at other institutions; and to learn about new publications, methods, and current research. They can also cause anxiety or disappointment (especially those conferences that include job interviews). But being prepared for your next conference, whether it’s your first or your fiftieth, with some tips from the Pro…

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Weekend Reading: Nobel Laureate Edition

5087836026_089003fb38_m This week saw the announcement of several of the 2013 Nobel Laureates: François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for Physics; Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for Chemistry; James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof for medicine, and Alice Munro for literature. Munro’s win is particularly significant: she is the first Canadian author to win the prize. Here is The New York Times on Munro’s award. Also, over at Salon, Daniel D’Addario has given us “8 things to know about …

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Extend Your Tweets’ Life with Echofon and Buffer

tweetItems shared over social media have a perverse temporality. On the one hand, it can feel as though nothing on social media is ever forgotten, at least if it is humiliating. Your past can always be held against you. On the other hand, links and news shared via social media are shockingly ephemeral. Bit.ly has said that most links have a “half-life” (the time by which they will get half of the clicks they ever will get) of around three hours. A marketing firm said in 2010 that for active engagemen…