February 4, 2017
Never doubt the power and reach of social media. It takes just one simple hashtag to ignite an international community – this time, it is for a great cause. Scientists are using the hashtag #actuallivingscientist on Twitter to introduce themselves and what they do.
On February 2, 2017, these tweets appeared:
— Mary Roblyer (@darthmom7) February 2, 2017
Then, others encouraged tweets to use this hashtag:
— IRIS EPO (@IRIS_EPO) February 4, 2017
Soon, individuals started posting images and a short description of their work. Here are tweets from fellow AGU bloggers:
— Mauri Pelto (@realglacier) February 4, 2017
— Jessica Ball (@Tuff_Cookie) February 3, 2017
— Dr. G (@guertin) February 3, 2017
Some tweets are for research teams or groups of scientists:
— CA AcademyOfSciences (@calacademy) February 4, 2017
— Connel Bradwell (@connelbradwell) February 4, 2017
Some of the tweets added a touch of humor:
— Dawn Wright (@deepseadawn) February 4, 2017
— Katherine O’Reilly (@DrKatfish) February 3, 2017
— Edi & Berti (@GigaGeology) February 4, 2017
Some tweets added other trending hashtags:
— Christina Bonsell (@c_bonsell) February 4, 2017
— Jaunetta Hill (@untamedtigress1) February 4, 2017
— Tara Lepore (@taorminalepore) February 4, 2017
Certainly, scientists have enjoyed and benefited from these tweets:
Thanks for all of the new follows! #actuallivingscientist is connecting me to all kinds of interesting new-to-me tweeps.
— Meagen Pollock (@meagenpollock) February 4, 2017
But are we reaching the objective from the very first tweet? Are more people actually meeting a scientist?
Teachers – follow #actuallivingscientist & share w/students the amazing range of careers w/photos – help students meet scientists!
— PAESTA (@PAESTA) February 4, 2017
I hope everyone takes the next step and shares this amazing collection of tweets with their friends, neighbors, local K-12 school teachers, etc. Highlight the range of scientific disciplines, locations of research, instrumentation used, etc. Call attention to the diversity of individuals and interdisciplinary fields. Perhaps volunteer to follow up with a classroom through a Skype session, or visit for Earth Day… a virtual introduction to a scientist is great, but imagine the impact if we help kids and adults meet and speak with an #actuallivingscientist ….
A Twitter account is not necessarily to view these tweets. Here is a link to the Twitter Moment for “These are real, living scientists” and a link to search results for the hashtag #actuallivingscientist.