Recently we put together a blog on ways scientists are using Twitter. I’m taking on Facebook as my next challenge.
With more than 750 million active users on Facebook, you may already be using it to keep in touch with family and friends. It’s also particularly useful for sharing information with a large number of people. Since science runs on information sharing and collaboration, Facebook is a great place to keep in touch with major information sources.
The basics on Facebook Privacy settings are widely discussed in the media, so I’ll leave you to resources like Mashable. Below is a select list of Facebook pages we follow that are of basic use to all of us.
The USA Government
- NIH – National Institutes of Health
- NSF — National Science Foundation
- NCI –National Cancer Institute
- AAAS EurekAlert!
- Clinical and Translational Science Network
- Science Insider – Breaking News and Analysis from the world of Science Policy
- Cell Press Journal
- Nature Magazine/Nature.com
- Nature Medicine
Societies and Associations
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- AACR – American Association for Cancer Research
- ASCB American Society for Cell Biology
- Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
What would Facebook be without Science Fun?
My all time favorite scientist Facebook group is “You know you’ve worked too long in a lab when…” where the members post things like “LB Broth is starting to smell tasty.”
My second favorite group on Facebook is “We look so sexy in our lab coats we have to wear goggles…for protection.”
This is just a sampling of pages we follow on Facebook. Now it’s your turn! Who do you follow?