Our curator for the week August 31 – September 6, Sophia Frentz sure lived up to her name and gave us a full week of tweeting frentzy! For a refresher on Sophia’s background, you can check out her introductory post here
As a seasoned debater, Sophia was ripe for stirring up discussion amongst the Real Scientists community. To catch up on all of the tweets from Sophia’s week at the helm, go here and if you didn’t quite get your fix of science interspersed with debating and haikus, get on to following Sophia’s regular account @sofaf
And finally, in order to graduate to official Real Scientists Alumnus™ status, Sophia completed our rigorous exit examination:
How did you find your week as a curator?
Really good! I enjoying being able to yarn about a range of fields and while initially I was worried that my wide-ranging interests would disappoint some of the followers who were in it for the science, I had an overwhelmingly positive response.
Were there any lowlights?
It kind of bothered me that a bunch of people bailed after I posted a spate of haiku. Yes it was like 15 tweets in a row but I made sure to do them all at once so if you didn’t want to see them you didn’t have to see them (could just skip that particular few minutes).
It can be a shock talking to 12,000. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?
Not particularly, although occasionally getting back to my desk to 50 notifications was a bit off-putting. My tumblr dashboard runs at a similar speed of notifications fairly often so it was OK.
Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?
Not really, I felt a bit bad that my weekend was so busy but hopefully that was made up for by the rest of the week!
Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?
Bask in the fame, don’t let it put you off! It’s quite nice to have all the RS followers interested in you for a week, so just revel in that ^_^
We really want RS curators to show people a rounded view of life as a scientist. Other than yourself of course, are there any other people/accounts that people should follow if they liked you and what you covered?
@jshb32 does some science haiku, regularly retweets haiku. Otherwise I mostly follow debating accounts, who unfortunately don’t science very much. If you liked my humour then the @daily_kale might be your speed.
What TV show do you think everyone should go watch right now?
Thank you Sophia from all of us here at RSHQ for your fabulous week in the drivers seat.