Scientists Socializing Online
“Have any of the social media sites for scientists really achieved critical mass yet?” is wondering David Bradley a famous Science writer.
Despite numerous initiatives (Nature Networks, SciLink, etc.), no one of them has reached yet the success of the 2 proto-social media sites for scientists of the 1990’s- ChemWeb and BioMedNet (more than 1 million members at their height).
“Given that many of the online efforts are insignificantly small in terms of membership numbers compared to the now defunct BMN and compared to the offline presence of the bigger scientific societies, I seriously doubt that more than one or two will survive and thrive. But, we’ll have to wait and see. Perhaps it will take a killer application for one to emerge as a leader and become as essential to scientists as MySpace is to a teenybopper and Facebook is to students. That killer application, however, remains to be revealed“.