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To tweet or not to tweet…at conferences

20 Jan

The Contemplative Mammoth

Live-tweeting, whether a department seminar or a conference talk, is one of the most powerful aspects of academic Twitter I’ve witnessed. It’s not an easy skill, but it’s worth cultivating, because it has tremendous value in bringing exciting research to a broad audience. Instead of the twenty to two hundred people in the room, you have the potential to reach thousands, and generate exciting conversations — what I often refer to as the “meeting within the meeting” that only takes place in the ether.

Live-tweeting also helps me focus more — I personally get more out of talks I tweet than ones I don’t. I sometimes refer to it as my superpower, because I have a special knack for distilling a talk into 140-character sound bites, and a high WPM to match. Live-tweeting usually gets me a handful of new followers, too, which is a good indication that folks are finding the…

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Social media, infographics en wetenschap

16 Jan

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Wat is de maximale grootte die mariene megafauna (Walvissen, reuzeninktvissen) kunnen bereiken? Een simpele vraag, die niet zo eenvoudig te beantwoorden is. Onderzoekers analyseerden databases, historische documenten, data van eBay en gebruikten social media om data over de grootte van zeedieren te verzamelen en resultaten zijn gecommuniceerd via een infographic. Van dit soort onderzoek gaat mijn wetenschapshart sneller kloppen.

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