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Session 8B: What happens when people start taking your online ramblings seriously

Miriam Goldstein and Holly Bik
Sat, Feb 2, 10:30-11:30 am, Room 4

Description: After spending years with your online life separate from your professional life, it can be quite disconcerting when the two start to overlap. From alarming hallway conversations to angry phone calls, having your colleagues read your blog (especially if they themselves are not social media users) can lead to unexpected interactions. These can either be positive (“Some Nature editor said you were the most famous ocean writer on the internet!”) or negative (“When do you have time to do science?”). This session will discuss the ramifications of scientist-blogger success, particularly for early-career scientists. Follow #onoffline for the discussion!

Questions: - Should your online life be separate from your professional life?
- If your online life is separate, how do you keep it that way?
- How do you deal with skeptical colleagues who stumble across your online work?
- Is there such a thing as too much visibility?
- Overall, do you experience more positive or negative interactions from your social media use?
- Do interactions change with career stage?