- In a 2014 survey by the University of Michigan, approximately 60% of researchers polled engaged the media, public, and government agencies through social networking channels.
- Sites such as Wikipedia and ResearchGate are now an integral part of a researcher’s work life and long-distance collaborative research.
- Focused social media sites such as google scholar, ResearchGate and LinkedIn are largely used by scientists and engineers to connect with their peers for discussions, validation and communication.
- Blogs are becoming ideal media for extended scientific conversations and fast-paced discussions of cutting edge topics. Blog entries are now slowly being considered for pre-print and post-print discussions of peer-reviewed manuscripts.
- Some scientists perceive traditional social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as unprofessional platforms that could “compromise or threaten years of life-changing research”.
- There are others who are avid supporters of mainstream social media. Stephen Hawking and Rishard Dawkins have a great scientific/adedemic presence on Twitter and Facebook (both personal and professional)respectively.
- There has been, in recent years, a need for the scientific community to engage in science outreach via social media (SOSM) as part of a broader agenda for researchers to engage the public.
- Social media can also be a fertile ground for misinformation and a virile vehicle of hype.
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