"Social Media" and Conferences

Other than the challenges of live blogging a workshop (which I was not able to do recently because of logistical reasons– I can’t write and chew gum at the same time), there are more serious challenges. Daniel MacArthur has been writing about those challenges in On the challenges of conference blogging : Genetic Future, having posted some information from a CSH Biology of Genomes meeting that was criticized and resulted in the clarification of CSH policy (like Daniel, I welcome the policy changes). It resulted in some discussion of social media and scientific conferences. If you haven’t been able to read the posts and discussions, I suggest you take a bit of time to do so. With a world of increasing numbers of scientists twittering, blogging, facebooking and who knows what in the future, it’s a discussion we should be aware of.