An Introduction to Social Media for Historians

Course date(s): 
10 Apr 2019


Is social media a mystery? Do you want to learn how to tweet and how to use a hashtag? This workshop will give you a helpful introduction to the very essential foundations of social media. You will learn how to use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, how to set up an account and how to build a profile. The workshop will discuss how social media works, and its benefits and pitfalls for historians and academics. You will be introduced to the ways that historians communicate, share and collaborate through social media, and learn foundational terminology and helpful tips that will help you make the most of these platforms.

The workshop will take place from 14.00 - 17.00 on Wednesday 27 March at the Institute of Historical Research, North Block, Senate House. All computers will be supplied: please do not bring your own laptop.

This course is part of a four-part series of linked training workshops covering the use of social media for historians and other researchers in the humanities:

Each workshop is complete in itself and can be taken on its own for £25. Alternatively register for all four at the discounted price of £80.

Learning Outcomes

• Understand the value of creating a social media profile for individuals, projects or organisations
• Learn how to create a profile on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
• Connect with communities of historians, researchers and the general public through social media
• Practical guidance on how to build your following, how to tweet and create content for social media platforms, and how to communicate on social media