This week's little excitement what with the Pro-Test rally and poll crashing the LAT poll on animals in research (the anti's have fought back from their 90/10 deficit again, poll is running about 63/37 right now, go vote some more!) has me thinking about the ol' tribe of science, group action for common goals, calling out the clans and all that activism jazz.
I've done a little bit of exhorting in the past but never really worried about specific effects, like winning a dumb little web poll or turning out names to sign an online petition or whatnot.
This week has been really positive but give YHN a few days and the reflections on the glass half empty and who drank the water commence.
This has coincided with some discussions elsewhere about reaching new people through blogging, Twitter, Facebook and other online entities in a more general sense. I've found turning the questions over to you, DearReaders, is a very good way to inform myself.
So what would you do to reach more people just like yourself. Do people around you IRL read blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc in an open manner? Do people forward you a bunch of stuff from online sources regularly? Or do you exist in a sekrit bubble of the blogosphere, hiding your timewasting from your friends and colleagues? Can you remember when/how you first heard of ScienceBlogs or scienceblogging? Do your academic societies or journals try to have an active breezy, social/newsy web presence (blog, twitter, Fb, etc)? Is it working?