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By Heather Ford, University of Leeds.

By Luke Sloan, Matthew Williams and Pete Burnap of the COSMOS Project, Cardiff University.

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we ask researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

It’s any organisations’ worst nightmare. Be it a faulty product or a food scare, the impact of rumour can be significant both for businesses and regulators. This has always been the case, but the advent of social media and proliferation of platforms such as Twitter have enabled faster and more…

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director.

Back in August, I wrote a slightly cynical post in which I pondered the use of Twitter for publicising news from a research project. My plan was to find out more about the dark arts of Twitter and report back. At the time, the Institute had just under 200 followers. Three months later, we have 600 followers, way more re-tweets and significantly more hits on our website. How did this magic happen?

First of all, thanks to Suzanne Smith from the University of Southampton, Nick Pearce from Durham University and Martin Hawksey from JISC, and…

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director.

There’s no questioning the success of Twitter. When you wake to John Humphrys telling you about the Today programme’s hashtag, you have to admit that social media is embedded in everyday life. There is an aspect of Twitter that fascinates me: the expert aspect. Can you be an expert in Twitter and, if you can, what does that mean? I haven’t been able to find an answer, so I decided to go back to my physicist roots and conduct an experiment.

My job is to let people know what’s going on here at the Software Sustainability Institute…

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