It seems important for scientists to engage in social media, because they can gain if they do it at personal and professional levels. So, it could be interesting to study how a Portuguese science community is using Facebook.
 
Facebook (FB) is a social networking service on internet that has already achieved 800.000.000. It was ranked as the most used social networking service worldwide. Millions of users are using FB every day to: keep up with their “friends”; play social games; share lists of personal/professional interests, photos, images, links and videos; communicate with each other through messages, comments and a chat; lear more about the people they meet and to stay updated on new stories and issues. It allows very interesting ways of networking and communicating through close Groups from official organizations.
 
We chose to conduct a survey within ITQB – Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (Institute of Chemical and Biological Technology) to understand how its science community is using Facebook, because it’s one of the biggest and important research institutes in Portugal. There are more than 400 potential Facebook users working on different scientific areas.
 
We are assessing how this science community is using FB through a survey that answers some of the following questions. Are the investigators using FB? How old are the users? What science do they investigate? Are they blogging? Are they using Twitter or other social network media? What Facebook tools are they using (profiles, “Like pages”, “Group pages”, etc.)? How much time do they spend on FB per day? Are ITQB users posting at FB and what subjects/themes? Do they discuss professional, social, personal, politic issues? Do they play FB games? Do they use FB to find jobs? If they share science issues in their FB, is it because they think that they will have influence on their “friends”? Do they share their papers or information about their work? Do they believe their fundraising will increase if using social media? Do they do it because FB can open doors to collaboration opportunities that would have been otherwise closed, invitations to talks and international communications? Do they do it with science communication goals? And many other questions.
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How a science community is using facebook
The case of ITQB in Portugal

Rita Caré   Faculdade de Ciéncias Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal and CiB – Centro de Informação de Biotecnologia, Portugal

It seems important for scientists to engage in social media, because they can gain if they do it at personal and professional levels. So, it could be interesting to study how a Portuguese science community is using Facebook.
 
Facebook (FB) is a social networking service on internet that has already achieved 800.000.000. It was ranked as the most used social networking service worldwide. Millions of users are using FB every day to: keep up with their “friends”; play social games; share lists of personal/professional interests, photos, images, links and videos; communicate with each other through messages, comments and a chat; lear more about the people they meet and to stay updated on new stories and issues. It allows very interesting ways of networking and communicating through close Groups from official organizations.
 
We chose to conduct a survey within ITQB – Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (Institute of Chemical and Biological Technology) to understand how its science community is using Facebook, because it’s one of the biggest and important research institutes in Portugal. There are more than 400 potential Facebook users working on different scientific areas.
 
We are assessing how this science community is using FB through a survey that answers some of the following questions. Are the investigators using FB? How old are the users? What science do they investigate? Are they blogging? Are they using Twitter or other social network media? What Facebook tools are they using (profiles, “Like pages”, “Group pages”, etc.)? How much time do they spend on FB per day? Are ITQB users posting at FB and what subjects/themes? Do they discuss professional, social, personal, politic issues? Do they play FB games? Do they use FB to find jobs? If they share science issues in their FB, is it because they think that they will have influence on their “friends”? Do they share their papers or information about their work? Do they believe their fundraising will increase if using social media? Do they do it because FB can open doors to collaboration opportunities that would have been otherwise closed, invitations to talks and international communications? Do they do it with science communication goals? And many other questions.

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