Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

9/14/2011 Life Science Twitter Chat Summaries: Social Media & Conferences #ls_chat

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Introducing The Life Science Twitter Chat: Improving Communication Between Researchers and Companies

Comprendia’s mission is to improve communication in the life science industry, and a big part of this is opening up more of a dialog between companies and researchers. We think social media is a perfect venue for discussions, and are co-founding a biweekly life science chat on Twitter. Life scientists and company representatives can openly discuss issues important for advancing research through a better understanding of the challenges faced by each. Many life science companies have a presence on Twitter, but we see them mostly as being in broadcast mode, simply tweeting about products and promotions and not engaging with scientists. We were approached by one life scientist on twitter who wanted us to connect them with a company as their efforts to engage with them regarding a large equipment purchase had not been fruitful. With an email, we were able to connect them, but the process would have been much easier if the company had been available and responsive on Twitter. Life scientists have questions directly relating to existing products as well as ideas for new ones. Companies want to hear this information and ask questions about their performance and perception. A Twitter chat will bring the two sides […]

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Hashtags: Helping Life Scientists Communicate With Social Media

Hashtags: Helping Life Scientists Communicate With Social Media

Hashtags are text strings prefixed with a ‘#’ character which are used mostly on Twitter to tag status updates as belonging to an event or discussion. Life scientist Twitter usage varies widely between disciplines, and we can understand why and glean useful information about trends and influencers by analyzing Twitter conversations using the hashtags as a search query. For this post we’ll use the associated Life Science Hashtags Google spreadsheet and our social media monitoring tools to describe and document the different types of life science hashtags. Our goal is to help the community better communicate through increased understanding and standardization of life science hashtags. Conferences are the most straightforward utilization of hashtags, the organizers are (normally) the arbiters of the correct identifier for tweets (Twitter status updates) from the event. The conference hashtag is normally listed on the conference website, or you can look for them being used in the designated Twitter account (listed on the Google doc, and for a shortcut follow our life science conference Twitter list). You can see on the spreadsheet we’ve done analyses of the tweets that came from some of the recent conferences, the number of updates varies from hundreds to thousands for […]

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Comprendia Announces New Social Media Compass Reports for Life Science Monitoring

Each day, life scientists share their thoughts on conferences, research tools, and brands on social media. While adoption may be slow on any individual application, most researchers will use the internet to discuss and search for information regarding a topic or event. In addition, the discussions become more important as search engines such as Google rely on this ‘social data’ for content and rankings. We’re doing a ‘soft launch’ of our Social Media Compass™ reports, which provide expert summaries of the content and digital influencers important in understanding life science events and topics. Visit the link above to learn more, and look at the example ASM 2011 Social Media Compass (PDF). Our soft launch allows you to get in on the ground floor and tell us what you’re interested in monitoring, fill out the form on the product page and we’ll get started tracking events, topics, or brands.

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What’s the Hashtag for Google+? #google+ #googleplus #gplus #g+ ?

A quick post regarding the hashtags and terms people are using to describe Google+, the new social network. We had problems deciding what to call the application in our recent post and decided to do an analysis, as we know that using the proper hashtag or term means more exposure. Using our social media monitoring tools, we did a ‘quick and dirty’ count of both the hashtags (terms prefixed with a “#”, used mostly on Twitter) and the terms used to describe the application. The charts are below, and you can see that #google+ and #googleplus are most popular hashtags, and Google+ and g+ are the terms used most often. Notice also that the volume for the terms is up to 40X that for the corresponding hashtag, and with the latter considered to be used for tips and by those who are more “serious” about a topic. Our suggestion? Stick with Google+ and #google+ but remember that the “+” is a special character and may be ‘lost in translation’ in cases such as RSS feeds, tags, etc. (e.g., notice that the “+”‘s have been removed from the permalink/URL when WordPress generated it from the title, and I am unable to […]

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5 Reasons Why Google+ Could Be a Game Changer for Life Science #googleplus

I’ll admit I was skeptical of Google+, the new social network from the search engine giant, because I knew Google had given up their previous attempts with their products Wave and Buzz, which were in a similar vein. However, it soon became apparent that Google+ was different in many ways, from the offerings to the way everyone was talking about it. What promise does it hold for life science? I think that there are many features of Google+ which researchers and companies will find useful, and that it may become very popular. Here are the reasons: Threaded discussions. Social media savvy life scientists really like Friendfeed, which allows for users to comment on posted items in targeted groups, resulting in relevant discussions which can be followed by all in the group. Currently, this is difficult with applications like Twitter. Friendfeed was bought by Facebook 2 years ago, and ever since then, the community has been worried about changes or the disappearance of the application. While Facebook has threaded discussion features, some life scientists dislike aspects of it and have eschewed it for various reasons, some of which are described below. The fact that Google+ has threaded conversations is big for […]

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Comprendia Life Science Social Media Report Recognized by Affymetrix

Comprendia’s analysis of the top life science company Twitter accounts was recognized by Affymetrix in this press release. We congratulate them on their success with social media and hope that our analyses and expertise will continue to facilitate increased communication between biotech companies and the researchers they serve. As part of Comprendia’s 3rd anniversary celebrations this month, we will be announcing more products, services, and awards shortly towards our goal of encouraging increased transparency and collaboration the life sciences. To share this post easily cut and paste: Comprendia Life Science Social Media Report Recognized by Affymetrix http://bit.ly/kCeaIi

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Life Science Companies on Twitter: Who’s On Top?

Twitter is currently the most active area for life science companies in social media, we count around 170 accounts. For this analysis, we only count companies who deal primarily with non-FDA regulated products. While our survey earlier this year confirms Twitter as the top interest for marketers, we find that follow through isn’t always guaranteed. To highlight life science companies which are doing a great job on Twitter, we employed the influence tool Klout to rank them. Klout is an application which gives Twitter accounts a score according to how many followers they have and how much they engage with others on Twitter. It’s not perfect, but gives a good indication of the performance of a Twitterer. The life science companies on Twitter are shown in the ManyEyes bubble chart visualization above, and the largest circles have the top Klout. The colors represents Klout’s assessment of the performance of the Twitter account, and by viewing the chart on the ManyEyes site you can also color by the class they assign to each user, see a description of the Klout classes here. You can also access the data, and the top 10 Twitter accounts are shown below. I’d like to thank […]

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ScienceOnline2011 Web 2.0wned Survey: Social Media a Must for Staying Current, Twitter Top Tool #scio11

You may remember we surveyed life science marketers regarding their plans for 2011 for the ScienceOnline2011 (scio11) conference we attended in January. Thought leaders Arikia Millikan, Dave Mosher, and Taylor Dobbs did a survey of scio11 participants and enthusiasts with a great sample size (339) and the results haven’t been published formally so I analyzed the results (special thanks to Dave Mosher and Taylor Dobbs for making the data public). More demographics are included in the Slideshare presentation below, and our summary of the results is also given. Of course, our blog is tailored towards life science companies and marketers, so we included information pertinent to our audience, and note that we provide life science social media workshops and training, including Twitter and Facebook. We’d love to know how you’d interpret the results, please leave a comment below! ScienceOnline2011 Attendee Social Media Survey View more presentations from Mary Canady To share this post easily cut and paste: ScienceOnline2011 Web 2.0wned Survey: Social Media a Must for Staying Current, Twitter Top Tool #scio11 http://comprendia.com/surveyscio11

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Sound Bytes: Links and Tips For Life Science Marketing & Social Media 3/18/2011

Wow two months since the last Sound Bytes! We’ve updated our look from 80’s mix tape to ’00’s iPod, here’s our most recent playlist of links and tips for life science marketing and social media: EMD Millipore: How do you like them apples? This week at our San Diego Biotechnology Network event my good friend and colleague Steve Edenson from EMD Millipore sponsored, and he showed me their brochure for Lead Discovery services, the tagline is ‘at the core of your discovery’ and they’re a nice light green with apples subtly featured. Here’s the twist: it’s apple scented! Perhaps it’s a gimmick, but it makes it memorable and you could even argue that it could help with branding or even send a subliminal message. EMD Millipore also recently announced their new branding (PDF) after Merck KgaA aquired Millipore last July. I’m not sure how the marketing team came up with the apple scent, but it shows creativity–how could you distinguish your marketing materials? I’ve heard great ideas from outside our industry, perhaps ask your printers, vendors or consultants for ideas, or have a brainstorming session on a Friday afternoon with your team. I also like to keep an open mind […]

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