[Taxacom] Twitter Fwd: Nature needs names: 60 new dragonflies from Africa

Geoff Read gread at actrix.gen.nz
Sat Dec 12 17:34:35 CST 2015


Yes #newspecies is quite often used on Twitter as a hashtag.  Not,
unfortunately by Zootaxa as yet (hint). Zootaxa nicely tweet individually
each of their daily output of new papers just after publication around
midday New Zealand time.  ZooKeys tweets but doesn't seem to use
#newspecies either.  Maybe someone already runs a new-taxonomy twitter
list based on adding to it the biology taxonomy publishers who tweet?  I
haven't come across it yet. People follow the biology publishers they are
interested in anyway, but it would be a good idea to have a list for the
new species publishers.

An account to follow, @newspecies, which tweeted/retweeted new species
papers would be great, but someone would have to dedicate themselves to
the work, rather than content accumulating automatically as in a list (and
there's a person with a private account sitting on that @newspecies handle
already. Same with @taxonomy).


Doug Yanega wrote:
"That being said, please do note that I'm explicitly referring to
 mainstream media and press releases. *In a different context entirely*,
 I think it would be wonderful to have a visible public place, like a
 twitter feed with some catchy title like #newspecies, where people DID
 actually post every single paper published anywhere, to impress upon
 folks just how much is still being discovered. In the former context,
 you're effectively trying to shove your discoveries into people's faces,
 and using loads of hype in the process; in the latter context, only
 people actively subscribing to that twitter feed will see the constant
 bombardment (it's "opt-in"), and what they'd be getting *from* that feed
 is basically hype-free links to the papers (you can't fit a lot of hype
 into 140 characters!). Having a feed that posts every paper, from all
 sources, for all taxa from fungi to dinosaurs to insects, would also
 help level the proverbial playing field, rather than giving exposure
 only to those researchers/institutions with the resources or inclination
 to produce and promote press releases"

From: Taxacom <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> on behalf of Doug
Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu>
Sent: 12 December 2015 13:28
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Fwd: Nature needs names: 60 new dragonflies from

As rarely as I may agree with Stephen, in this case he and I perceive
the same problem, though I think it might be better explained, and put
into perspective.


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