Social networking
for scientists

Anna Sharman
Kings College London
December 2013
Social media

• Facebook
• LinkedIn
• Twitter
• Blogs, forums, email lists
• Google+, tumblr, reddit,
others?
1. Why?
2. How?
3. Twitter
Anna Sharman
PhD and postdoc
Journal editor
Freelance editor
Consultant
Why use social media
as scientist?
• Outreach
• Career
• Learning
• Getting help
Objections
• All about trivia
• Don’t have time
Social media for outreach
• Part of your job if publicly funded
• Your research is only useful if
known about
The old way
The old way
The old way
• Not interactive
• Filtered
• No control
• Have to oversimplify
• Can’t do alone
The new way
• Blog post about paper
• Social media to spread word
• Altmetrics to measure
Altmetrics
Advantages of new way
• Smaller barrier to starting
• Interactive
• Can tailor to audiences
 Colleagues
 General public
...
How to use social media
Tips
• Separate personal/work accounts
• One username
• Real name? Something different?
 soozaphone
 clathrin
 agingroy
Apps

• Tweetdeck
• Falcon
• Hootsuite
• Seesmic

• Uber
• Echofon
• Twitterific…
• Twitter app
More tips
• Don’t just broadcast
• Ask questions
• Typos happen
• Don’t let it take over your life
Risks
• Profanity
• Rudeness
• Spam
• Trolls
Libel and contempt of court
Safeguards
• Privacy settings
• Think twice
• Can delete
• Block and report for spam
Twitter
My Twitter history
• Personal account
• @sharmanedit account
• SfEP tweeter 2012-13
• 1500 followers December 2013
Why I love Twitter
• Meet new people
• Gossip
• Profile
• Fits into spare moments
• Conferences
• Fun stuff
Conferences
Fun
•
•
•
•

#overlyhonestmethods
#sciencecake
Emergency kittens
Bizarre animals
Who to follow
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

@Stephen_Curry
@deevybee
@Protohedgehog
@KL_Wheat
@AnneOsterrieder
@thesiswhisperer
@sharmane...
Key hashtags
• #phdchat - for PhD students
• #ecrchat - for early career researchers
Resources
Is blogging and tweeting about research papers
worth it? The verdict
Social Media for Scientists
Using Twitter a...
Summary
• Social media can help your career
• If you use it right
• Relax and enjoy it!
Keep in touch
sharmanedit.co.uk
sharmanedit.wordpress.com
@sharmanedit
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Social Networking for Scientists

  1. 1. Social networking for scientists Anna Sharman Kings College London December 2013
  2. 2. Social media • Facebook • LinkedIn • Twitter • Blogs, forums, email lists • Google+, tumblr, reddit, others?
  3. 3. 1. Why? 2. How? 3. Twitter
  4. 4. Anna Sharman PhD and postdoc
  5. 5. Journal editor
  6. 6. Freelance editor
  7. 7. Consultant
  8. 8. Why use social media as scientist?
  9. 9. • Outreach • Career • Learning • Getting help
  10. 10. Objections • All about trivia • Don’t have time
  11. 11. Social media for outreach • Part of your job if publicly funded • Your research is only useful if known about
  12. 12. The old way
  13. 13. The old way
  14. 14. The old way • Not interactive • Filtered • No control • Have to oversimplify • Can’t do alone
  15. 15. The new way • Blog post about paper • Social media to spread word • Altmetrics to measure
  16. 16. Altmetrics
  17. 17. Advantages of new way • Smaller barrier to starting • Interactive • Can tailor to audiences  Colleagues  General public • Control it yourself
  18. 18. How to use social media
  19. 19. Tips • Separate personal/work accounts • One username • Real name? Something different?  soozaphone  clathrin  agingroy
  20. 20. Apps • Tweetdeck • Falcon • Hootsuite • Seesmic • Uber • Echofon • Twitterific… • Twitter app
  21. 21. More tips • Don’t just broadcast • Ask questions • Typos happen • Don’t let it take over your life
  22. 22. Risks • Profanity • Rudeness • Spam • Trolls
  23. 23. Libel and contempt of court
  24. 24. Safeguards • Privacy settings • Think twice • Can delete • Block and report for spam
  25. 25. Twitter
  26. 26. My Twitter history • Personal account • @sharmanedit account • SfEP tweeter 2012-13 • 1500 followers December 2013
  27. 27. Why I love Twitter • Meet new people • Gossip • Profile • Fits into spare moments • Conferences • Fun stuff
  28. 28. Conferences
  29. 29. Fun • • • • #overlyhonestmethods #sciencecake Emergency kittens Bizarre animals
  30. 30. Who to follow • • • • • • • @Stephen_Curry @deevybee @Protohedgehog @KL_Wheat @AnneOsterrieder @thesiswhisperer @sharmanedit
  31. 31. Key hashtags • #phdchat - for PhD students • #ecrchat - for early career researchers
  32. 32. Resources Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it? The verdict Social Media for Scientists Using Twitter as a Postgraduate Researcher Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities A gentle introduction to Twitter for the apprehensive academic The age of Twitter
  33. 33. Summary • Social media can help your career • If you use it right • Relax and enjoy it!
  34. 34. Keep in touch sharmanedit.co.uk sharmanedit.wordpress.com @sharmanedit
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