At a time when online conversations about science can become mired in negativity — job shortages, dwindling grant support and breakdowns in peer review — the Twitter streams of many researchers recently turned positive. Researchers of all types rallied around the hashtag #IAmAScientistBecauseto share their scientific inspirations.
If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out #FailAPhDInThreeWords! Not only are many of the tweets hilarious, they also provide an interesting commentary on PhD’s and science. Some of the clear trends that emerge for failing a PhD include referencing God/religion, using inappropriate citations (wikipedia, twitter, etc), formatting issues (margins, fonts, typos), plagiarizing, photoshopping or going against basic tenets of science (n of 1, correlation vs causation). Below are some of my favorites!
Rule 7: Differentiate Your Opinions from the Speaker’s
Rule 9: Meet Other Live Tweeters Face to Face
Have other ideas for rules to follow while tweeting at a conference? Let CauseScience know in the comments. Personally, I would add the following rule: Be sure to follow conference rules about spreading data and images while tweeting. Fellow scientists, you know those people that take pictures of all your slides or poster. How rude. And please don’t tweet those images.