Traditionally, "scholarly conversations" took place at conferences and in journal literature. With the exponential growth of social media and mobile devices, scholarly conversations are being held in new places. As "digital natives" take their places in academia, the use of social media for scholarly discourse seems likely to grow.
This page goes over how to use common social media platforms for academic purposes. For information on platforms specifically for researchers visit the How to Create an Academic Social Media Profile page of the 7-Day Challenge.