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Twitter for Scientists: a few tips (@BioInFocus)

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An entomogy student gives his personal appreciation on how to use Twitter to communicate with the Science Community. It is all about networking.

“By exposing myself to a wide array of scientists, I have found inspiration to apply to my own projects, methods to experiment with in future, and kindred spirits who are also working their way through the trials of academia and provide invaluable advice. As I move forward, who knows how these individuals may influence my career, with each “tweep” a potential collaborator, advisor or hiring committee member; fortune favours the prepared, and Twitter has allowed me to diversify my knowledge base significantly, better preparing me for future research obstacles.”

Wow, great conversations on science today. Twitter gives me the ability to have really smart and interesting people as officemates — Joshua Drew (@labroides) December 28, 2011

He gives also some sources (like http://sciencepond.com/ ) and good hashtags:

“although grammatically terrible, #IcanhazPDF is the most useful hashtag for scientists in my opinion. If you or your institution does not have access to a journal, it can be frustrating, time-consuming and difficult to obtain a copy of a paper. Traditionally this obstacle would be overcome using interlibrary loan or contacting authors or other colleagues at different institutions and requesting copies directly. With #IcanhazPDF, the Twitter community has changed the game, crowd-sourcing paper requests from complete strangers across the world. The speed at which you can obtain a paper has now gone from days or weeks to minutes, allowing you to go on with your research & writing without delay. I can personally attest to this system, having made a request last spring and receiving the PDF via email less than 20 minutes later. While no different from making direct requests from colleagues (which has gone on for decades), there is the potential for legal trouble, so be sure to make an informed decision before taking part.

Morgan D. Jackson.Twitter for Scientists (and why you should try it) (#ScienceShare). Biodiversity in Focus, Posted on January 2nd of 2012. http://www.biodiversityinfocus.com/blog/2012/01/02/twitter-for-scientists-and-why-you-should-try-it-scienceshare/

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January 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm

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