Filed Under (links, Resources, Social media, Why Social Media?) by admin 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!



Filed Under (links, Social media, YouTube) by admin on 03-10-2014

A great little video about the “mean streets” of online marketing and metrics, from Adobe. Just say “no”!

Mean Streets


Simplify, streamline and reduce the time you spend managing multiple social media accounts – and learn something about who’s following you

(Download this list: .pdf| Excel file)


  • Hootsuite – manage multiple social media streams (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest & more) from one dashboard. Schedule posts in advance, target posts to user groups, more. Free version: 1 user, up to 3 profiles; Pro version ($9.99/mo) Up to 9 users, 100 profiles
  • Tweetdeck – Real-time tracking, organsing & engagement data for one or more Twitter accounts. Schedule posts in advance, see how your followers engage, create custom Twitter timelines to embed in your Website. Free.
  • Sprout Social – Monitory & manage multiple social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ Pages). Free trial. Subscriptions from $39-$99/month
  • Buffer – Simple app for scheduling posts among multiple social media accounts (Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, Google+). Free for up to 2 profiles, $10/month for up to 12
  • Social Flow – Schedule your FB, Twitter, G+ and LinkedIn posts at the right time for your audience, based on their research and algorithms. Flexible plans begin at $99/month
  • Everypost – iOS app lets you simultaneously post to all your major networks at one time from your iPhone. Tweets are automatically shortened to 140 characters. Free.

Analysis and metrics:

  • Google Analytics – Robust tool for analyzing visitor traffic and preferences. Generates audience data including demographics, what they read, how they got there, what devices they use. Creates reports. Free.
  • Crowdbooster – Sophisticated visitor analytics and topical analyses. Ability to drill down through categories. Track audience growth and engagement. Schedule Tweets & posts. $9/month for 1 user, 1 Twitter account and 1 FB page, monitors up to 50,00 fans/followers. More complex plans start at $49/month.
  • Visual.ly – Custom infographics from your Google Analytics data allow you to visualize how your followers use your social media. Similar visual analysis available for Website analytics. Some services are free
  • Social Mention – Specialized search tool allows instant tracking of all social media mentions of your organization, people, topics of interest. Free.
  • Ow.ly -Twitter-based link-shrinker with tracking & analytics to help gauge the reach of your link shares. Free.
  • Bit.ly – Link shrinker now offers real-time analytics on the use of your custom URLs, click tracking and other data.

Other resource lists

Compiled by Pat Kight, Oregon Sea Grant, for Sea Grant Week 2014 Social Media panel