I extracted and set aside this subsection from a larger piece surveying academic twitter.
At lab meeting a few months ago, we brainstormed a list of academic objectives for social media use:
- helping other people feel not alone/creating more positive work culture
- staying aware of relevant papers
- helping others become aware of your relevant papers
- (get those citations, dawg)
- building connections/networking
- collaborators for projects
- getting people to extend your work
- getting feedback on work
- finding job opportunities
- finding funding opportunities
- asking questions
- public engagement
- show “we’re real people”
- recruiting more people into science
- influencing public policy
Studies suggest that papers that are shared more get cited more and that after 1000 followers you reach a broader audience outside of your field.— Dr Lauren M Robinson (@Laurenmrobin) October 6, 2018
Thus, with scientific evidence to support me, I will continue to make absurd jokes and say ‘fuck’ a lot online https://t.co/PCDJyuYTeX
Personally, I’ve found the most rewarding part of using social media as an academic has been unexpected encounters with interesting & useful people. I’ve got four neat stories to share in that department. By sharing these stories, I hope to counter the discouraging notion that success on academic social media necessitates lots of likes or followers.
🔗 Find an Open-Source Contributor
Last spring, on a lark I built a Singularity container to compile LaTeX with a [novelty font](https://sansforgetica.rmit/]. The awesome @vsoch (twitter bio: I’m the Vanessasaurus!) reached out out of nowhere and helped set up a Docker build and CircleCI tests for the project. Her contributions were an awesome learning experience, and collaborating with someone you just bumped in to was so. much. fun.
I think Sans Forgetica is ✨ rad ✨, so I made a @SingularityApp container so you can easily compile it into your 🎇 L a T e X b e a m e r 🎇 presentations!https://t.co/62SRD890dg— Matthew A Moreno (@MorenoMatthewA) October 6, 2018
Details 📝 and 🚧 how-to 👷♀️👷♂️ below... ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ https://t.co/L1EftwLmPv
Chance connections can have staying power. Last spring I got an email from @vsoch trying to track down the source of a glitch I had run into on the awesome Singularity Hub. I look forward to the next time we cross paths!
🔗 Meet the Copyright Holder
I tweeted a fun graphic at a PI I had done ant-behavior modeling with…
🎶 it's a small world after all, it's a small, small world 🎶 pic.twitter.com/V37oe46cUX— Matthew A Moreno (@MorenoMatthewA) September 15, 2018
… and it turned out that one of his followers was the original creator of the Wikipedia graphic I had extended. I guess the French academic mafia rolls tight.
🔗 Career Networking
As another one-off project, I spent a few days fiddling with checkpoint-restart in Singularity containers. Basically, I smooshed together two pre-existing projects and then commented out the lines that thew errors. (A+ quality cargo cult programming!) Once I got it (minimaly) working, I tweeted it out.
(finally) got a minimal working example of checkpoint-restart in @SingularityApp containers using #DMTCP running today 😎— Matthew A Moreno (@MorenoMatthewA) December 24, 2018
I've seriously wanted this to work for about a year now, so yay 🤪
find the source & and interactive demo here,https://t.co/TQ9xdNcNw6 https://t.co/eeYf4eqVQT
To my surprise, a few hours I got a direct message from the CEO of Sylabs, the Singularity project’s spin-off start-up company. It turns out that checkpointing containers was an objective their development road map.
A direct message from Gregory Kurtzer, CEO of Sylabs.
I ended up meeting with one of their remote employees to learn more about the company. In another fun small world miracle, it turned out that that guy knew my brother from a funk concert festival in California!
🔗 Connect with a Like-minded Creative
Last summer, I came across some yucky graffiti on the Lansing River Trail park. When I came back a few weeks later, it was still up so I decided to do something about it.
Anything is art🎨 w/ the addition of a sufficiently clever interpretive label, even really lame things💩 like slurs in public places. So, let's make lame things awesome✨ by adding interpretive museum label stickers!— Matthew A Moreno (@MorenoMatthewA) June 26, 2018
🙋♀️design yours -> https://t.co/zVqmWsdRtP pic.twitter.com/RRn60wElxW
Researching the idea, I came across an Irish graphic designer who had used satirical interpretive labels to call out lazy workplace maintenance.
We moved into new offices, but this wall has been left open for a few weeks now. I knew what I had to do. pic.twitter.com/kRQcqM4UDe— Malboury Jones (@Malboury) February 26, 2018
So, I tweeted at him! Hearing back from him was actually really fun, plus I got some graphic design advice out of it!
Your not wrong 😀 I will say one thing, I regretted not using left justified text. There are good design reasons to shy away from fully justified text. Otherwise I am fully on board😀— Malboury Jones (@Malboury) June 26, 2018
🔗 The Dark Side?
tweets & blog posts does not a cv make— mmore500 (@mmore500) November 18, 2019
The dark side, of course, of social media is that it is engineered to maximize the amount of time you spend there by getting you hooked. My esteemed colleague @amlalejini describes his approach to academic social media like temporarily stepping into a conference. Holding on to the idea of stepping out, not being on the hook 24/7, helps him balance the amount of time he spends there and feel like he isn’t generating more work for himself.
I think that’s healthy.
🔗 Let’s Chat!
What are the most unexpected and/or rewarding interactions that you’ve had on social media? What have you gotten out of using social media as an academic?
I started a twitter thread (right below) so we can chat … I know y’all got stories!!!
nothing to see here, just a placeholder tweet 🐦— Matthew A Moreno (@MorenoMatthewA) October 21, 2018