Social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are present everywhere. Many scientists wonder whether they are missing out on something and ask themselves: “Should I create LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ profiles as a scientist?”
The surprising answer is “No”!
There are some good reasons to have at least one professionally looking social media profile for a career in science but there are also a lot of caveats.
It is a good advice to start with one of the four major services: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and add a ResearchGate account. The different services have quite different target groups, thus depending on your aims you should choose wisely:
There are many science job websites where scientists can upload their CV to find a job. Thus, should you create and upload several professional CV on these job websites?