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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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February 16, 2010

Twitter and Science, Revisited

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Posted by Derek

So I have a number of people trying to set me straight about Twitter. . .well, I'll see what I can do. For some time I've had it set up just to take 140 characters off the top of each post I do here, to serve as a sort of "I've posted something" alert, and that'll continue. I hardly follow anyone there, true. . .and many of them are non-chemical sources (Iranian politics and the like). What I probably need to do is set up more than one Twitter account, with one reserved for blogging and science. But even then, I don't see how I'll have time to look at it during the day, so people who fire messages back to me via Twitter are still going to come away disappointed.

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1. jason on February 16, 2010 7:43 AM writes...

get a twitter client for your iphone/blackberry/gphone you get the picture

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2. Sarah K on February 16, 2010 10:29 AM writes...

Despite the hype... and despite being an avid Twitter user myself... I really don't think Twitter is for everyone. Don't feel bad if it turns out not to work well for you.

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3. Evorich on February 16, 2010 10:48 AM writes...

Twitter schmitter!

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4. Bored on February 16, 2010 11:48 AM writes...

Twitter, an Eastern View:

Twitter is just Words
It's the Haiku of the Net
Information? No.

Actually, it doesn't even rank as Haiku. It's just a noisy use of bandwidth.

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5. Verpa on February 20, 2010 6:42 PM writes...

Looks like the ACS felt the need to defend twitter to you as well. :-)

"Twitter for Scientists"

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6. Sili on February 22, 2010 2:51 PM writes...

Speaking of new media (yaddah yaddah yaddah).

Have you considered doing a podcast for the 365 Days of Astronomy now that they've been extended into 2010?

There must be oodles of ways to mix chemistry and space depending on interest and expertise (space medicine - are there any attempts to make drugs that'll help with the decalcification of astronauts' bones - something used for osteoporosis? - and so on and so forth).

I'm being selfish, since there are only so many times I can wish to hear about Pluto's classification and the age of the Universe.

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7. goldilocks on February 22, 2010 3:54 PM writes...

Here's another one...

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8. Bored on February 22, 2010 5:57 PM writes...

#6 Sili

The Universe is 6000 years old. Pluto is a celestial orb attached to a perfect crystalline sphere, circling the Earth a hundred miles above us. All else you hear is lies.

Look at that, It took exactly 140 characters.

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