Succeeding in postgraduate study
Succeeding in postgraduate study

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Succeeding in postgraduate study

2.1 Useful features of Twitter

‘Hashtags’ in tweets take the form of, for example, #postgraduatestudy (note that two or more words are joined together in this example; capital letters are optional). Hashtags are used to indicate the subject of the tweet. They are clickable links – when you click on a hashtag, Twitter runs a search for all recent tweets which include that topic. Try searching for #postgraduatestudy and #mastersdegree for yourself and take a look at some of the posts.

Individual accounts, however, are set up with the ‘@’ symbol preceding a name, e.g. @pgsearch [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (Twitter account of, @postgradsteps (Twitter account of the UK Higher Education Council’s ‘Steps to Postgraduate Study’ guide to asking the right questions about taught postgraduate study in the UK; see


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