The week of February 1-7th saw Real Scientists curated by science educator Amanda Glaze (@evoPhD). Amanda shared her research into perceptions and acceptance of evolution in the Southern United States, where the topic is considered taboo to millions to people. Following her week at the top of the Real Scientists tree of life, Amanda reflected on the experience.
In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?
I had an awesome experience as curator! It was fun to share what I am doing and really get a chance to talk to people about my research.
It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?
I didn’t find the rush problematic, I really enjoyed it! Since what I do is explore controversy, it was great for me to interact with people world-wide and share ideas, listen to ideas and experiences of others, and practice my skills with positive interaction in the face of negative perceptions.
What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?
There really were not any lowlights in my experience. The highlight was all the support and engagement from the followers, the whole week was really a high point for me!
Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?
What I do is ongoing and I love to share and talk with others about it, and I was able to share so much! I would love to do more just because it was such an awesome experience.
Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?
I did have a plan for what I would focus on each day and I was able to stick with it. I found that some aspects of my research were really exciting to others and I was able to focus each day on a different aspect of my research to keep the conversation active and prevent being repetitive. Some things were repeating trends but my plan enabled me to make sure I gave attention to each of the areas I wanted to share without boring the followers.
Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?
Have a plan, have fun, and be active! The more you invest the greater the return!
What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?
Some of my favorite people:
Ok, my whole list really, there are some amazing tweeps there!
Thanks once again Amanda, from all of us here at Real Scientists HQ. If you missed anything from Amanda’s week curating, check out the tweets at this link, the storify here, and don’t forget to keep following her at @evoPhD.