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Science on Twitter

An article about scientists' use of Twitter appears on BioOne's website. Of particular interest is how evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen approaches this communications technology:

One scientist who is exploring Twitter's potential utility for his work is evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen, of the University of California, Davis. Eisen, who is also the academic editor in chief of PLoS Biology and an avid cyclist, first joined Twitter in February so he could follow Lance Armstrong in the Tour of California. After a while, Eisen began using Twitter to communicate and share information with other scientists.

“To do science, you have to know what's going on in science,” Eisen says. “I found Twitter…most useful for becoming informed of what other people are doing in science.” By sharing comments, links, information, and notes about new scientific developments with trusted sources, Eisen says, he is better able to keep up with the vast amount of information in his fields of interest. Twitter and other social networks such as FriendFeed, he says, enable “real-time highlighting and ranking and tracking of what's going on in the world of science.” Twitter is also useful for networking and finding collaborators.

By the way, BioOne is a global, not-for-profit collaboration that brings together scientific societies, publishers, and libraries to provide access to critical, peer-reviewed research in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. Looks like an interesting resource.

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