What they said.

 

Twitter and Linked In are powerful tools for building communities of interest – perfect for special interest groups/chapters.

 

They’re not so good at building geographical communities of interest (see my past rants on this subject – if you want to reach the majority of taxpayers/voters you need to use ‘old media’ – Herald Sun, SMH, Channel Seven etc) as well as new media).

 

Yes they’re commercial products. But so are almost all the old media except ABC, SBS, community radio.

 

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Well said Bianca, couldn't agree more. 

 

Cheers

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On 21/11/2013, at 7:55 AM, Bianca Nogrady wrote:



Sorry, I've got to comment here in defence of Sarah's suggestion. There have been some passionate, constructive and fun discussions about the nature of science communication and science journalism on Twitter, moderated by @onsci and using the #onsci hash-tag.

 

I'm not saying that ASC should be using social media exclusively, or that it is something everyone should be using, but it IS a valuable communication tool and it DOES have an important place in science communication both within the ASC and communicating out towards the broader community.

 

I've got just as much out of Twitter, and to a lesser extent Facebook, as I have from the ASC email list in terms of exploring science communication and communicating with other ASC members.

 

Saying that it's just a commercial endeavour and as such, shouldn't be touched with a barge pole is ignoring the fact that a significant proportion of the audience we are attempting to communicate with is active on Twitter and Facebook. To not have a presence on there, however small, is to be missing out on a significant opportunity.

 

Bianca

 

On 21 November 2013 10:31, Susan Kirk <skirk@iprimus.com.au> wrote:

Yeah I agree with Ian.  All the social media recommended so far has an
individual benefit and takes the focus outside of the ASC.  Also the noise
on social media would prohibit any real information gain for members.

I like the idea of a forum attached to the ASC website.  Why? It would be an
incentive for member generation.  Access to some parts, only, if your an ASC
member, lots of intellectual property, our drawcard, and something we don't
see to promote well.  Also, usually, a better search function than social
media, topics stay in full view and if they are categorised properly they
remain easily accessible.

S


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