Social media for academics

Earlier this week Steven Hamblin wrote a blog post requesting help as he develops a presentation on social media use in Academia.  This has prompted me to put a presentation up on Slideshare; one that is related closely to this topic. This presentation was something I put together back in March, and looking further back, it evolved from discussions with my PhD student Crystal Ernst, and from a presentation given at the Entomological Society of Canada’s annual conference last autumn.  It’s far from perfect, a bit outdated now, but hopefully contains some useful information. Enjoy! (and please share and comment!).


3 thoughts on “Social media for academics

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  2. I really like this presentation. I completely agree with the importance of having content ready before launching your blog. I started blogging about my research interested in September of 2011, but it wasn’t until early 2013 that I finally got into consistent and regular updating and readership engagement both popular and scientific skyrocketed with constant posts.

    But I thought a few things were missing from the presentation. It would be nice to see a discussion of G+, I think it has a more science-oriented community than Twitter (and definitely more so than Facebook) and is a good ‘entry-blog’ with easy communication that can easily be integrated with blogger blogs if you want to switch to a more long-form content later. It would be nice to discuss specific tools for reaching scientists: [researchblogging](, [scienceseeker]( and popular audience: reddit. There is also a category of interactions that was not mentioned Q&A sites. In particular, there are 3 research level or friendly websites that I am familar with: [academia.SE](, [cstheory.SE](, and [mathoverflow]( Of course, there are ones for fields relevant to this blog’s audience, like [biology]( and [bioinformatics]( but the first is non-academic and the second I have no experience with.

    Finally, I really appreciate your efforts in encouraging students to blog! I think it is especially important for undergraduate students starting in labs, it is important to blog since it gets them writing about science and prepares them for eventual publications.

    • Thanks for your comments! I agree – a lot of things were missed. I’m relatively new to Google+ and haven’t yet fully explored its potential. And I certainly should have mentioned scienceseeker & researchblogging in the presentation – they are both excellent. I’m not as familiar with some of the other links you posted – I will look into them.

      I guess the problem is that the talk was only supposed to be 50 minutes long – just not enough time to add everything I should have (perhaps I’ll have to work on a follow-up presentation..)

      Again, much thanks for the comments! Always appreciated.

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