[{Image src='ebner_martin.jpg' caption='' width='500' alt='Martin Ebner' class='image_left'}]''__Academic Use of Microblogging__''\\ \\
Martin Ebner, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria\\ \\
__Abstract:__
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Microblogging has become a rapidly growing web based service in the last two years. The most popular platform
Twitter addresses millions of users who are communicating around the globe, by writing small pieces of text
messages. Bearing in mind that only 140 signs for each posts are allowed, it is amazing how different kind of data
is linked and exchanged among followers/friends or even by searching/using so called #Hashtags. In this talk we
will give a short introduction into the use of this kind of social networking platforms and how people are
communicating. We are studying how it can be used in a meaningful way in education and research. Furthermore
we will address the research question "How Microblogging can be used at scientific conferences" and present some
outcomes of different studies. The talk tries to present a critical view to a new increasing communication
possibility.