Friendly community + mentoring + 💜
Are you on the fence about joining? Read about my experience!
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When you are ready to start tweeting, there’s a lot of things you can talk about. You can announce when you’re going to a conference, ask technical questions, and share your work. It can also be a way to break the ice when you finally meet someone in person. For example, when I ran into Jenny Bryan last year at RStudio::conf, I felt more comfortable introducing myself because I’d been following her on Twitter and felt I “knew” her a bit. You can even say a “virtual” hello (as written about by Rick West, along with some excellent insights on building a personal brand) to someone beforehand if they’ve said they’ll be speaking or attending a conference you’ll be at.1
On the technical question side, you can try out the rstats hashtag. Just the other week I tweeted out asking if anyone could advise on setting a global color palette for ggplot2:
#rstats twitter: is there a way to globally set the color scale for ggplot2? theme_set() seems to work only for background.— Emily Robinson (@robinson_es) December 20, 2017
I got a lot of good responses, including one introducing me to the awesome ggthemr package. I then paid it forward by tweeting about the discovery:
TIL how to set a global color palette for ggplot2 with ggthemr! Thank you @czeildi for the great post https://t.co/svW7A9szTA pic.twitter.com/bZjfm3IZFg— Emily Robinson (@robinson_es) December 20, 2017
You’ll often even find Hadley Wickham answering questions on Twitter; I think it’s more polite to use the rstats hashtag than to @ him directly, but he usually answers questions specifically directed to him as well.
Finally, if you’re posting about your first blog post, you’ve got one prominent tweeter with you (with 17,000+ followers!) - @drob. If you point him to it, he will read and retweet your first few posts:
Excellent #rstats post from @raymserrato of words used to describe elections: from rvest scraping to #tidyverse cleaning to #tidytext analysis! https://t.co/jxecRhbQuw #datablog pic.twitter.com/UNW7lPW7AX— David Robinson (@drob) January 5, 2018
One of my favorite things to do is live tweet talks. It’s gotten to the point where it’s become expected:
Yay! And let the live tweeting begin! 🙌 (no pressure 😁)— Daniela Vázquez (@d4tagirl) December 12, 2017
I like it because it serves as notes for myself, it’s a way to share key points from the talk with people who couldn’t attend, and it gets the speaker some more visibility. If you’d like to try it, here are some tips from a live-tweeter master, @drob:
.@drob giving tips on live-tweeting a conference #rstatsnyc ✔️✔️✔️ pic.twitter.com/VUx7aJy2D4— Emily Zabor (@zabormetrics) April 21, 2017
I’ll end this first part with a similar promise to Dave’s: if you live tweet a talk or share a great data science resource on Twitter, let me know with a tweet and I’ll retweet. Let’s continue building a friendly, supportive community together.
 A virtual, public (i.e. not a private message), brief hello is friendly. A virtual “I see you’re going to be at the NY R conference, what hotel are you staying in, where are you eating, will you be wearing the same black dress as last year, because you looked really hot” is not. Harassment and stalking are serious and common problems. Keep messages professional; don’t be this person:
Sometimes I get these creepy messages from fellow nerds (who I don’t know) who essentially say you fill this girlfriend shaped hole I have since you know computers and are “pretty”, you all realize that’s creepy af right? So why do it.— jessie frazelle (@jessfraz) January 5, 2018