I’ve noticed several of the UX practitioners I follow on Twitter have started recruiting research participants from their followers. Makes sense, it’s fast and easy to send out a note, and given that your followers have some personal connection to you (in theory at least) they may be more willing to volunteer, or help recruit volunteers from their own social networks. I’ve given it a try once or twice, though I’ve only had a couple of responses each time. Of course, recruiting Twitter users, or even trying to recruit from their social networks outside of Twitter, is going to net you a pretty specific crowd. Just something to keep in mind before sending out that tweet.
I’m curious who has tried recruting from your networks in Twitter, Facebook, etc., and what kind of success you’ve seen.
Since I don’t want to turn my personal Twitter stream into a constant stream of research requests, I thought about setting up a VigetUX Twitter account and inviting people to follow if they’re interested in participating in future research projects. I might have to give it a try and see what happens.