My latest post for Canadian Science Publishing takes on the unexpectedly controversial topic of scientists using Twitter.
“Recently, Kirk Englehardt, Director of Research Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, posted two hotly debated articles: one on why more university researchers aren’t tweeting, and a second on whether Twitter can make scientists better communicators. We had a lively discussion (on Twitter, of course) about the comments flooding these posts, and some of the interesting assumptions that people held about the Twitterverse.
Based on that discussion, this post aims to dispel five key myths that seem to come up in most discussions of scientists using Twitter.
Serious scientists don’t Tweet.
Twitter takes too much time.
You can’t say anything meaningful in 140 characters.
Twitter erases necessary boundaries between students and faculty
Twitter is only for self-promoters
As scientists, we’re trained to draw conclusions from the examination of evidence. Too many scientists dismiss Twitter out of hand based on anything but evidence. Give it a try, test it out, and then draw your own conclusions as to whether or not it will work for you. Hey, if a shepherd in the Lakes District of England who is a professed lover of ‘old things’ can enjoy Twitter – so can you.”
Read more at Canadian Science Publishing.