argylesock says… I’m reblogging this because I like Bob Booth’s story of getting turned onto Twitter. A few people have told me that I should tweet something from my WordPress posts – the title, I suppose, because tweets are forced to be stupidly short. I’m stubborn, not one to follow trends for no good reason. But this summer (I’m in the Northern Hemisphere), when I’ll be less busy because the students will be out of town, I plan to give Twitter a try. Over there I’m Dr Sam Mason, or maybe DrSamMason or is it #DrSamMason? Do you detect my lack of enthusiasm? Well, never say never. If you want to follow me on Twitter, then after the students’ exams are over, I’ll try to give you something worth following.
A year ago I would have told you that Twitter was for folks with time to waste. My perception of the social media platform was that it was useful if you felt the need to share what you had for breakfast with the world. Or perhaps to share pictures of your pets while wittily anthropomorphizing in 140-characters or less. And the fact that the most-followed tweeter in the world was Justin Bieber didn’t exactly sell me on using it for science communication and outreach. And besides, one-hundred forty characters sure seemed arbitrary. And all the hashtags….#ugh.
Perspectives change though. With a nudge from my brother and a couple of colleagues, I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. Not only have I…
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