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Building Effective Social Media
Transcript of Building Effective Social Media
Strategies for Science Research
How Can Social Media Fit into Science Research?
How can being active on social media help research?
Quantitative vs. Qualitative
What is social media?
"The means of
among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange
Since 2005, social media use has risen ~10-fold in the USA
Global Social Media Use
Social Media is Reshaping Society
Form of political influence
Connects across distances
Geographical distribution of my twitter followers
Build a Network
Moving Beyond Impact Factors
Altmetrics is a proposed alternative to the traditional impact factor
Includes multiple factors:
citation counts (peer-reviewed publications and others)
article views and downloads
mentions on social media and other news channels
However, it's important to separate signal from noise
Twitter, Citations, and Visibility
Many researchers who are on twitter will tweet their publications
According to 1 study, highly tweeted articles (>10x) are correlated with a 11x higher citation rate (Eysenbach 2012)
Professional organizations and journals will tweet many papers - can lead to increased media coverage
To get personal anecdotes, I crowdsourced on twitter:
Other ways social media
has helped scientists:
Discovering (and being discovered by) potential collaborators.
Invitations to write book chapters.
Satisfy NSF's requirements for 'Broader Impacts'
Job and consultancy offers.
Direct access to important people in science and government.
Instant feedback for troubleshooting
Support and camaraderie
“One of the things I hear most frequently about a new hire is how disturbing it is that he doesn’t have a web presence.
Something must be wrong, right?”
-- Danah Boyd
Assistant Professor, NYU;
Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law
Reasons to consider building a personal brand using social media:
Grow your network
Secure a job
Jeanne Garbarino, PhD
Director of Science Outreach
The Power of Facebook
72% of all internet users are on Facebook
48% of people <30 yrs use it as their PRIMARY news source
3 MILLION links are shared every HOUR
THIS IS BROADER IMPACTS
The Largest Global Social Networking Site
1.06 billion active monthly users
Character limit = 5,000
You can define with whom you share
Facebook is about connecting to people through who you know. Google+ is about connecting to people THROUGH WHAT YOU KNOW.
-- Kysimir, Soliloquy of Excellence
The Power of G+
Second social networking site in the world
359 million active users
Hangouts on Air
Allows for superior sorting and filtering
It's easier to find interesting people!
The Power of Twitter
140 Character Limit --> Form of "microblogging"
2.1 BILLION daily search queries
3rd Largest Social Network
One BILLION new tweets every 3 days
200 active monthly users --> speed and virality
20% of Americans use it
Things to consider
1. Identify your audience
2. Identify your message
3. One size does not fit all
4. Learn from your experiences
Adopted from Christie Wilcox's talk on social media for scientists http://www.slideshare.net/NerdyChristie/social-networking-for-scientists