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Why do scientists use social media?

Networking tool, forum for debate, a way to reach people you wouldn’t ordinarily … reasons for using social media such as blogs and Twitter are many and various. Researchers are probably used to hearing how they ‘should’ be using social media, but some have probably heard just as many scare stories about wasted time or tweet-based slip-ups. So what’s in it for scientists? We asked three researchers to explain what they get out of using social media: so you can hear straight from the horse’s mouth.

Suzi Gage is a PhD student at the University of Bristol looking at relationship between drug use and mental health. She writes a blog called Sifting the Evidence for The Guardian’s science blog network.

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Professor Eric Fèvre is a Professor of Veterinary Infectious Diseases, jointly based at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health and the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Professor Marcus Munafò is Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Bristol, where he studies the role of genetic influences on addictive behaviour and the use of social drugs.

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