The launch of the @soccphd social sciences tweetchat #socchat was a tremendous success. Thank you to all who contributed to and followed the vibrant discussions. There were many great proposals and ideas which were shared during the hour and these will be explored over the coming weeks. This brings me to the unveiling of a forum website http://www.socphd.co.uk which has been designed just for you. It is in its early stages of development and we will happily progress in accordance with your needs. Please bear in mind that we have limited web skills at socphd HQ and at present all our portals are curated by one full time postgraduate student so your patience is appreciated.
In addition if anyone is interested in assuming moderator responsibilities for a specific forum either in the short or long term that would be fab. For the forum to be most useful it needs to be active so please do introduce yourselves and begin to use. any problems using the forum please let us know and we will do our best to fix it.
The most important task over the next few months is to publicise and develop collaborations on twitter and the website forum. You can use the website to publicise conferences and calls for papers too. If you let us know you have done this we can help to promote. You could use socphd to let others know you are attending a conference and begin to establish a rapport beforehand or indeed afterwards. An unused website is of no use and people will not return, thus we need you, our foundation members to help to ignite the forum by making use of it.
It is exciting to see that several researchers with an interest in dementia were able to connect via #socchat last night and will be convening their own twitter discussion on Monday. The continuation of twitter chats are important to networking but we hope the website forum will also provide an enduring trace of your interests and willingness to connect with others that may get missed in a busy twitter feed.
We are so excited to share this journey with you. It is fabulous to be part of such an innovative project. We would love feedback good or bad on the socphd project so far. Do think about being one of our guest bloggers in February to help cement the foundations of this collaborative process.