The SPARK Research Scholars at UC Davis are in for a busy second week, blending laboratory and classroom training in stem cell biology with training in social media and science blogging.
Here are a few best practices for early career scientists getting started with social media professionally:
- Remember – social media platforms are public and content may live forever online
- Only post images or information that you would feel comfortable sharing with colleagues during a lab meeting, in the classroom (public spaces) or advertising on a billboard along the highway
- Choose a professional, friendly profile photo
- Think about the professional profile you would like to build and concentrate posts, comments and “likes” on a few related topics (in our case… stem cell biology and regenerative medicine!)
- Do not overshare personal details or images… it is sometimes okay on Twitter and Instagram, seldom okay on LinkedIn
- Respect the privacy of others – check with colleagues before posting their images or information about their work