Filed Under (links, Resources, Social media, Why Social Media?) by Pat Kight on 15-06-2015

Welcome to the 2015 class of Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars, undergraduates who will spend their summer working with us and some of our partner agencies and gaining professional skills, agency workplace experience and real-life practice in marine resource science, policy, management and outreach.

They’ll also be joining our Sea Grant Scholars blogging team to report on their experiences and adventures, and we’re encouraging them to explore how social media can be used as a tool to communicate about science and the scientist’s life.

With that in mind, some resources that might prove useful to them (and to other readers of this blog):

Time/account management:

  • Hootsuite – a social media management dashboard
  • Tweetdeck – A tool for getting the most out of Twitter
  • Ow.ly and Bit.ly – two easy link-shrinking tools, especially handy for use with Twitter, where every character counts

Science blogs:

Just a few of my favorite examples. See the right-hand column of this blog for more.

  • Southern Fried Science – marine science and conservation news and thoughts, by a group of working marine scientists at different stages of their careers
  • Deep Sea News – Great group blog
  • The Loom – Carl Zimmer’s blog on the National Geographic blogsite, covering everything from breaking science news to scientists and their tattoos
  • Curiously – a brand-new National Geographic blog by Robert Krulwich, host of NPR’s “Radio Lab” series

Social media facts and figures:

  • Pew Research Project on Internet, Science and Technology – The most comprehensive, long-term look at how Americans (and others) use the Internet, technology and social media. If anyone ever asks you to justify your time on social media, here’s the place to go for backup figures!



I’m pleased to be joining former Sea Grant colleague Eric Dickey and his technical writing students at Linn-Benton Community College this afternoon to explore social media as a professional writing outlet, and particularly how one finds – or develops – a “voice” appropriate to the particular platform and topic.

I’ll post my notes for the talk here afterward, and welcome students to comment with their questions and observations.

Handouts and additional resource material from Dec. 8-9 training workshops:

Posting videos to YouTube and making them handicap-accessible (Joe Cone)

¬†Storytelling: What it is, why it’s important (Joe Cone)

Basic editing tips & tricks (Rick Cooper)

Basic layout tips & tricks (Rick Cooper)

Taking good photos with any gear (Pat Kight)

Making optimum use of social media (Pat Kight)

  • The Pew Research Center’s Project on Internet and American Life – ongoing research into every aspect of life in the Internet age, from changing demographics in social media to shifts in technology. A good way to understand who’s using social media, how they’re accessing it and why we should engage with it.
  • Social media management tools – most recommended
    • Hootsuite – Write when convenient, schedule to post over time; share content among multiple social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest & more), get analytics reports. Free version allows you to work with up to three profiles.
    • Tweetdeck – Twitter management and analytics tool. Free.
    • Everypost: iOS app that lets you manage multiple social networks at once from your phone or tablet.
    • The popular¬† free link-shrinkers bit.ly and ow.ly (when used with Hootswuite) not only let you convert long URLs to short one, they now provide analytics about how those links get used.
  • See also: The post below for content from Sea Grant Week 2014 social media workshop