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Who’s Talking About ScienceOnline? Interactive Map Of 1000 #Scio13 Twitterers


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We’re a big fan of ScienceOnline, the yearly conference which brings together bloggers, journalists, educators, and anyone interested in the great science that is being done online. With the help of some other enthusiasts in Southern California, we are forming a local chapter and will host some events in conjunction with the San Diego Biotechnology Network (follow @sciosocal for updates). We wanted to find local Twitterers who might be interested in this endeavor, and analyzed around 5300 Tweets from about 1300 people using the hashtag since December of last year (even though the conference does not take place until January 2013, the hashtag is used to continue the conversation year round).

We were able to find and map the location of a little over 1000 of the Twitterers, and they are shown in the interactive map (see a little more ‘how to’ information here). View the map on Google to see an alphabetized list as well. Each person Tweeted #scio13 at least once, and since we’re just over 1000 people, the limit for Google Maps, you can download the KML file and view it on Google Earth if you’d like to see the last few (sorry Z’s!). We’ll leave any other analysis to you–we haven’t probed differences between this map and the #SciComm and #OpenAccess maps we’ve created.

Unfortunately, we didn’t find many people using the hashtag in San Diego, but we are not deterred in starting a local chapter, we’re just considering this factor in planning the events. There are several other exciting ScienceOnline initiatives in the region. You can use the map to find ScienceOnline proponents in your area, and consider starting a branch or perhaps just start with a small group that meets informally. If you represent a life science company wanting to leverage online science in your marketing strategy, these are the influencers you need to reach, contact us if you’d like to learn how.

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