10 May 2016

Taking over Twitter for #SciComm

Posted by shanlon

By Shane M Hanlon

My avatar for the week. Notice the SciComm Hub logo.

My avatar for the week. Notice the SciComm Hub logo.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to serve as a guest tweeter (or rotator as I’ll refer to it) for the Twitter account @iamscicomm. The account is a product of the SciComm Hub, “a community and collection of resources focused on science education, outreach, and communication.” Unlike other rotating accounts such as @realscientists & @biotweeps, @iascicomm is focused on science outreach and communication. Like those rotators, whomever is running the account switches out each week.

@iamscicomm is a great resource to learn about all things scicomm. Rotators come from all over the globe and are in all professions. Upcoming rotators include a PhD science writer, science educator, blogger/YouTuber, and an ecologist, among others. As would be expected, there is a fair amount of overlap between the rotators; however, each person’s experience is unique enough that each week I learn something new.

After my week was up I created a Storify of all the tweets that I sent out over the week. It’s really helpful as a lot of my tweets were part of a larger story. You can check out it out here and I encourage anyone interested in science communication to follow @iamscicomm.

Shane M Hanlon is an AGU Sharing Science Specialist