Teaching Scientists How (and Why) to Use Social Media
Not long ago, I considered social media to be merely for keeping up with far-away friends or self-important over-sharing of life experiences. Chances are, you too felt this way at one point or another. Maybe you still do.
I’m challenging that pre-conceived notion in my fellow graduate students and scientists. Social media has revolutionized the way we consume media and the way we communicate; 1 in every 13 people on earth is on facebook. It’s easy to judge social media use based on our own anecdotal evidence, or see it as something that doesn’t apply to us as academics or scientists. Thinking this way means you overlook powerful opportunities.
Scientists can use social media to their advantage. It can help you collaborate with other scientists, earn research funding, and (my personal favorite) communicate science to the public. I’ve been chirping about social media for scientists for some time now, along with Scientific American blogger Christie Wilcox, Compass’ Liz Neeley, and a host of science bloggers. This week, along with my fellow fisheries tweeps, Iris Kemp and Jessie Hale, I testified in front of a jury of my peers: scientists at the Restoration 2012 conference in Victoria, BC. Judge for yourself.