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You Should Have an Academic Social Network Profile (and Maybe a Website): Here’s why and how

Reality check: if I am not automatically notified of your research, I’ll almost certainly never know about it. And if I can’t find you online, you might as well not exist beyond your classroom, office, or lab. So if you’re an academic who wants people to actually read your work or even know that you exist, then read the following 250 words. They explain how to make your research followable and visible. It’s really, really easy. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below where I make a website in less than 10 minutes. So stop making excuses. In the words of the great philosopher, Shia Lebouf:

1.  Why?

There are lots of reasons why researchers will want to use (i) academic social networks (ASNs) and (ii) personal websites. It all comes down to making our research visible, accessible, and followable. But there are lots of things to say about how this works and what your options are. Here are some slides to help you understand the process and make a decision.


If you want to view, download, or share just the slide show, then follow the bolded links directly below the slide show.

2.  How?

Here’s a video about how to make a personal website …in just 9 minutes. No coding necessary! Just drag, drop, and type! Super easy! And free!

All you need is a computer, a Google account (e.g., Gmail), and either Google Chrome or Firefox.


If you’ve got questions, feel free to contact me. I usually get back to people within a business day. But if you want an immediate answer on the website portion of your journey, check out Google’s help page. Happy website making and academic social networking! And, of course, feel free to share this with people who might be interested.


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Nick Byrd

Nick is a cognitive scientist at Florida State University studying reasoning, wellbeing, and willpower. Check out his blog at byrdnick.com/blog

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