Scientists’ Most-Helpful Social Media sites

Are you a digitally dead scientist? Have you made the decision to be alive? The first three sites are what you need to start your journey to share your work with other scientists and the public.

Research Gate and GitHub

This is the most popular one where scientists follow each other and share papers they have written either fully or an abstract. It has made it possible for other researchers to get access to work behind paywalls. Here people also share opportunities relating to science.

For the sake of open science, reproducibility and advancement in research it important os hare once’s data on a repository like the free Github that other scientists and any othe person can get access to verify research of offer suggestions in research and code used.

Twitter

This microblogging site has made the life of a scientist so easy. Once work is published, most scientists share it on the platform. There are also lists where work and tweets on cetrain topics is put for easier access. depending on someone’s accoutn setings, Twitter has made it possble to have a conversation with pretty much anyone.

Discourse about present scientific developments, covid-19, Arguments, and polls of whether viruses are living things, people looking for phages for therapy, and many more have been used as references in some news articles.

Twitter also makes it cheap to advertise job opportunities as long as u use a certain hashtag that someone else is following. It is a thing to be on Twitter as a scientist and join the community.

Outside the scientific community, people who like saving time by not spending so much on the TV to get what is going on in the country, use Twitter as a news outlet, including me. It is one of the best places to communicate what you are up to especially with retweets.

With Twitter, you can get the latest scientific developments and information due to the small number of characters per tweet.

Linkedin

When Twitter is in between informal and formal communication, Linkedin is the absolute professional one. Everthing else done in Twitter but with a lower audicnece reach depending on the number of connections an dhow many people get your tweet. Its also hard to send a message if you are not connected unkess you have a premium account.

Despite all this, having a LinkedIn account helps people to get the right information about you online if they google you due to the nice algorithm it has on search.

Unlike twitter it allowes long posts. Just like twitter, you can post any kind of media on it.

Linkedin is a good alternative of an Online CV but the exact same thing. On ecan create apage for a company, lab, research organisation of personal profile apart from the account easily.

Other sites

For better science communication and wider reach, Facebook, just like LinkedIn, allows the creation of pages for people, labs, and research groups. Linkedin is the exact version of Facebook only that Facebook is way more informal. With it being the most popular social media site, it has better reach with pages but not accounts/personal profiles. I am not a fan of it though.

Instagram and Tiktok which have a majority of the younger generation are a good place to share videos and photos for the general audience. If there are older guys there, then they are not lost, just open to different kinds of communication and targetting a certain audience. Imagine scrolling and all u see are beautiful pictures of microbes- They are many if you follow a hashtag like #CRISPR #bacteria #marinelife #astronomy #communication #scicomm and all that.

Whatsapp, Signal, WeChat, or Telegram which have the capability to make groups and share all kinds of media helps in communication in a scientific setup. Being in such groups helps connect scientists from various parts of the world. Though I wish secretly they would have translators in the apps for a wider reach and ease of communication.

Image Credit: https://www.sciencemag.org/features/2014/02/scientists-guide-social-media

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