Social networking for science dissemination and development

Social networking for science dissemination and development
"What is your Facebook id?"

"Are you in Twitter?"

These are the main introductory questions in today's generation; these things have become the popularity and the necessity of the social networking giants. Right from the leader of a country to a middle school student, everyone is using the social networks for different purposes like posting pictures, statuses, videos, etc. But the question is, whether these social networking sites are really helpful to mankind in any basic aspect?

Science is a subject which has been ruling the human brain for many years till now and at the same time has been a source of irritation for millions of school students. Over the years, the need for scientific knowledge has become more and more, but with humans almost forgetting this need, social networks are extending their helping hands in spreading Science and its development.

Blogs are one among the important tools in science dissemination. Blogs are web pages whose content can be filled in by dated entries, usually displayed in a reverse chronological order; and often combining text and images. The pages also usually display links to other blogs or web pages relevant to the topics contained in them, and the comments function allows interaction between the authors and readers. Blogging helps in getting feedbacks about a person's research; it also helps in the development of a person's work. According to a research conducted by China New Media Communication Association Annual Conference, Macao International Conference, "many PhD students stated that, they use blogs to update their science knowledge and they said that, they regularly study research papers and publications of scientists and even some scientists said that, they received inputs and ideas for their papers." These kinds of blogs create a healthy environment for science developments. Scientists helping and providing valuable ideas to young and aspiring scientists is a good sign of science development. Facebook on the other hand, the biggest ever social network has its hand on science development. I have come across and have visited many Facebook pages on science and there are thousands of such pages which constantly keep updating about various developments in the fields of science. There are many youngsters who like these pages and keep commenting on their updates. Over the recent years, the number of Facebook users has become more increasing and there are many scientists in it too; I think people find it easy to connect through Facebook. Facebook also has its part in scientific development.

Quora, a question and answer kind of social network is popular among the scientists and students because it creates a direct interaction between the questioner and answerer. I personally found many interesting unknown things about science through this and I found plenty of knowledge sharing through this. Many professionals and researchers are using Quora and they are ready to answer our queries about science; they even publish their inventions and research papers. Such social networking sites lack exposure, which may be one of the main reasons for some lack in science development and knowledge. Twitter, the bird pictured website is actually like a bird spreading science and has its name in the history for developing science. So far, it is the most resourceful networking site that the world has seen a step better than Facebook and other sites. Every major research foundation and researcher has an account in twitter, which they use effectively. Starting from nanotechnology to basic science, twitter has everything. Every major research breakthrough is being tweeted in twitter and being retweeted a number of times.

Social networking is like the blood of today's youth, which they are using only for one or two personal reasons or so. It is the duty of the seniors and superiors of the society to make the youth understand the importance of the social networking and science. They should feel responsible for the future. On the other hand, social networking sites should also feel the responsibility of their reputation and fame among the youth, and they should take necessary steps in educating the importance of science and disseminating it to the public. "Social networking" - here, the word social means the society, which means the people; using these social networks for the benefit of the people might add some sense in being the member of such social networks.


How to cite this article:
Shrrivatsav R. Social networking for science dissemination and development. BioLim O-Media. 15 June, 2017. 5(6).
Available from: http://www.biolim.com/read/BOMA0270.