"Public communication of almost any kind involves risk. When you stand up and say something “out loud”, you don’t necessarily (just) start a dialogue or deepen an existing debate. You’re also presenting yourself as a target."
Twitter is a micro-blogging social media platform for short messages that can have a long-term impact on how scientists create and publish ideas. We investigate the usefulness of twitter in the development and distribution of scientific knowledge.
Social media is no longer a new thing. But to scientists it still might be. There are few who are starting to take advantage of social media for professional reasons.
Melissa A. Venable's insight:
"Twitter can move conversations from the university lounge to a much larger network of scientists on social media." Microblogging can extend reach, This article also includes a helpful infographic: "the role of Twitter in science publication and communication."