Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’
Interesting findings given by several French students, about the power of blogging for young scientists:
- The transmission of knowledge is a difficult task. You need to multiply the initiatives, and that’s where the blog plays an important role
- PhD candidates have little free time, but it is probably the period in their careers when they have the most time to spend “informing the public
- blogging is about sharing findings, sharing your work, and creating a digital e-reputation
- Blogging also means improving one’s writing skills, editing speed, and scientific analysis, which are all valuable abilities when it comes to writing your thesis
- If you write and publish online, make it so that you’ll be read. Post your articles on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. E-mail your texts to people likely to read them.
Read the full article from:
Science Blogs and Your PhD. A trump card for your scientific career; Available from: http://www.knowtex.com/nav/science-blogs-and-your-phd-a-trump-card-for-your-scientific-career_40002
A recent study has shown a “strong tie between social media interest, article downloads, and even early citations. (…)
Authors ”also find that volume of Twitter mention is statistically correlated with that of both downloads and “early” citations“
Shuai X, Pepe A, Bollen J (2012) How the Scientific Community Reacts to Newly Submitted Preprints: Article Downloads, Twitter Mentions, and Citations. PLoS ONE 7(11): e47523
An interesting study on Health professionals reputation is published by Medical News Today this week:
- People are more likely to trust health messages tweeted by doctors who have a lot of followers, but not the messages they retweet
- People may perceive tweets and retweets differently depending on the source of the content
- In the social media universe, the number of followers that a layperson has seems to translate into trustworthiness
Read more on:
Study Of The Credibility Of Health Messages On Twitter, Medical News Today, 28th of September 2012. Available from:
The actual user numbers seem a bit disillusioning: social media like blogs or wikis are still only used by relatively few academics (particularly in Germany and some other European countries).
Yet they offer enormous potential for those that give them a try. The Conference on Science and the Internet (#cosci12, http://www.nfgwin.uni-duesseldorf.de/de/cosci12) had a closer look at these developments from different perspectives. (…)
- novel online platforms as infrastructure for research collaboration, new ways for publishing and sharing information
- new learning environments based on social media and mobile technologies
- big data from social media as a subject of research
Read the full article at:
Weller, Katrin. Will Twitter, blogs and wikis change scholarly communication? Information Today Europe, 15th of August 2012. Available from:
McCasland, Carla. Best Practices for Twitter for Healthcare and Pharma Professionals. May 2012, Presentation, available from: http://www.slideshare.net/carlamcasland/best-practicesfortwitterfinal [Accessed 25 May 2012]
Posts by Mark Senak are too rare: this one again is excellent…
“A highly regulated industry like the medical products industry is often perceived as highly inhibited when it comes to social media. While it is true that such industries have to take care in their use of all communications in general, and social media in particular, there is nevertheless an increasing use of these platforms by the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device sectors – collectively herein referred to as “pharma”. (…)
Pharma has put Twitter to use on many fronts. One is jobs and recruitment, both within the U.S. and outside of the U.S. There are now at least 21 pharma-sponsored Twitter feeds set up, some with more activity than others.”
Read the full post at:
Senak, Mark. Pharma jobs on Twitter. EyeonFDA, May 22, 2012. Availale from: http://www.eyeonfda.com/eye_on_fda/2012/05/pharma-jobs-on-twitter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eyeonfda%2FlpWT+%28Eye+on+FDA%29
[accessed 23 May 2012]
Below a digest of some discussions reported in 2 blogs:
- May 2009, Rest in peace RSS: It’s time to get completely off RSS and switch to Twitter. RSS just doesn’t cut it anymore. (…) Suddenly everyone and their dog was convinced RSS was dead and we should all move on.
- In early 2011 RSS still wasn’t quite dead. (…) To me, anytime someone says a tech is dead it usually means that tech is not very interesting to discuss anymore, or isn’t seeing the most innovative companies doing new things with it.
- April 2012 – RSS still wasn’t quite dead (…) There’s a veritable explosion of companies removing RSS from their products … for whatever reason. Usually because it doesn’t directly benefit the bottom line – they prefer proprietary formats
- RSS will never die because of a simple reality: power users. (…) RSS is here to stay for at least a while longer – all those people doing most of the sharing? A lot of their stuff comes from RSS.
- Twitter is not a replacement for RSS. Not by a long shot. It’s too busy! (…) Consequently, RSS offers bigger exposure to your content.
- Twitter seems to be the place to have conversations now rather then on blogs. That’s not to say blogs don’t have a place in both finding information and having discussions, but it would appear they’re being used for more reflective posts, which individuals can comment on, rather then short conversations involving lots of individuals
Teller, Swizec. RSS will never die. Zemanta Tech blog, April 26, 2012. Available from: http://www.zemanta.com/fruitblog/rss-will-never-die/ [Accessed 4th of May 2012]
Mulla, James. The role of RSS and RSS readers. FUMSI, 30th of April 2012. Available from: http://web.fumsi.com/go/article/manage/68689 [Accessed 4th of May 2012]