Social media profiles are bad for most scientists!

social media in science

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”!


On which social media platform should I post a professional profile as a scientist?

social media profiles in scienceThere 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: