Social Bookmarking Research Using Twitter

Imagine you are researching a particular topic.  How can you tap into what others are researching on the same topic? How can you keep in touch with what your peers are talking/bookmarking/looking at? How can you do that easily, regularly, w good search facilities?
I (@dreamingspires) decided to ask the question on Twitter which resulted in a 3 way discussion:

Discussion 22nd April on Twitter:

@dreamingspires: How can you keep in touch with what your peers are talking/bookmarking/looking at? How can you do that easily, regularly, w good search …

@AllergyNotes: ‘How can you keep in touch with what your peers are talking/bookmarking/looking at?’ – FriendFeed, if they use it…

@dreamingspires: thinking from a research perspective: how would say 7 researchers share & store data/ info in a social media environment

@AllergyNotes:  Google Docs, Zoho, etc. Shared G account?

@dreamingspires: for me the key is share, store/bookmark and be able to find/search again. The latter is not easy i think

@AllergyNotes: Researchers want more than bookmarks, they need database and writing environment plus file upload

@dreamingspires: Researchers need database and writing environment plus file upload -maybe this is the next step needed for ‘social research’

@AllergyNotes: Re “social research” – But again, could anyone have predicted the Twitter phenomenon?

@AllergyNotes: Even in 2009, people still find tools they never knew they wanted and/or needed, such as Twitter…

@dreamingspires:  New tools means Global: interconnectivity, sharing, fluid, information stream = on cusp of new ways of working, info rich

@troy_anderson: on the topic of “social research”, my advisor is working on a research grid for sharing data: http://www.cvrgrid.org/ (the cardiovascular research grid)

@dreamingspires: Love the new tools and ways of working that are beginning to emerge

@troy_anderson: in research it seems the tools are outpacing the willingness to share data

@dreamingspires: it seems the “gadgets” or tools often come first and are used by the early birds before more embrace new ways of working

@dreamingspires:  I think we are on the cusp of new ways of researching and working

The upshot of this conversation for me was:

Three useful tools for keeping in touch with what information your peers are posting:

  • Friendfeed — which keeps track of all the information being posted by those you are following, whether websites they have bookmarked on del.icio.us, or Diigo, or information they are posting on sites like Twitter
  • Google Docs or shared Google Accounts and similar applications like Zoho
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  • New initiatives, such as the CardioVascular Research Grid — the need for new tools to allow researchers to contribute to a global database with a writing environment and the ability to upload.

Not bad for half an hour feedback on a question.  New ways of researching, storing and sharing information being changed by the needs of many, or as Jeff Howe might say Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business, next on my list of things to read.