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Twitter and social media – why tweet? A 5 min presentation for skeptical scientists

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Why use social media as a scientist?

Building an internet presence
Broadcasting your research and activities
Access to news and information
Networking with peers
Consuming, connecting, creating, and curating - See Osterrieder Plant Methods 2013, 9:26 http://www.plantmethods.com/content/9/1/26

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Twitter and social media – why tweet? A 5 min presentation for skeptical scientists

  1. 1. Twitter and social media – why tweet? Sophien Kamoun http://KamounLab.net @KamounLab
  2. 2. Why use social media as a scientist?  Building an internet presence  Broadcasting your research and activities Access to news and information  Networking with peers  Consuming, connecting, creating, and curating (Osterrieder Plant Methods 2013, 9:26)
  3. 3. Twitter is the most popular platform in science  Open platform  Easy to access through mobile devices  Brevity (less than 140 characters)  Links to longer photos, videos, documents etc.  Powerful messaging tool  Consuming, connecting, and creating
  4. 4. Twitter jargon Twitter username/handle, e.g. @KamounLab Tweeps: people who follow you RT: ReTweet MT: Modified Tweet Hashtag, e.g. #MPMI2014 See Twitter Glossary: http://support.twitter.com/articles/166337-the-twitter-glossary
  5. 5. What do I tweet about?  Broadcast about my lab and research  Broadcast about stuff I come across that I find interesting (science or anything else) Reporting news and tidbits  “Pearls of wisdom”  #iamascientist
  6. 6. Curation: Scoopit and Storify Tweets are transient and become tricky to retrieve  Storify is a platform that enables archiving a collection of tweets (and anything else)  Ideal for conferences and discussions on specific topics
  7. 7. Curation: Scoopit  Another platform for curating internet information  Curation is the future of the internet because of the huge content creation, e.g. Best of Youtube  The curator is an expert and thus is presumably superior to automated curation platforms

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