Spidey senses tingling for science: thanks and farewell Maggie Hardy

For the week of May 17-23, @realscientists was curated by biochemist and entomologist Maggie Hardy. It was a week with of engagement, equity and enormous scientific instruments.



Plus we also hit 20000 followers that week! WOOHOO!

And check out this awesome electron micrograph of an exploded spider!


Maggie kindly obliged in answering our post-curation interview, so here’s her thoughts about the week.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?


The followers were great, and it was awesome getting picked up by BuzzFeed. [Ed: this is the Buzzfeed article prompted by Maggie’s #sciencefail hashtag]

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

Nope! TweetDeck really helped keep track of everything though.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

BuzzFeed, being able to talk about #sciencefail, and getting to give out prizes from Cards Against Humanity. Awesome.

No lowlights that I can think of — a productive, excellent week talking about my diverse research interests.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

Nope! I crammed it all in.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

LOL yes, and yes. I tried to curate each day’s discussion around a central topic, and then let the universe be my guide.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

1) TweetDeck!
2) Storify as you go. Easiest to just do it directly from the timeline option. Also, curate by topic for ease of sharing/reference later on.
3) If there are certain tweets you want to keep track of the metrics for, tweet from your personal account & RT from RS
4) Make sure you let people know where to find you afterwards
5) Make use of the metrics you can collect
6) People seemed to like me RTing their thoughts, and during my week lots of folks said they liked that it was another way to find like-minded people on Twitter. I found that kind of counterintuitive at first, but it worked for me!

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week? mine! @scienceforgirls

If you missed anything from Maggie’s week, you can see the weeks’ worth of tweets here, and don’t forget to keep up with her on twitter @DrMaggieHardy. Maggie also put together a number of storifys during the week on #scienceFTW, equity and diversity, #sciencefail, science fails to science wins, and why do scientists use twitter? all of which are worth a read. Thank you Maggie from all of us here at RSHQ for your enthralling week.

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