Science Twitter’s Year in Hashtags
Other than being incredibly dashing and smart, scientists — particularly biologists and the corresponding Biology Twitter — tend to be social media mavens, creating fun and educational hashtags left and right that quickly get picked up by news outlets (pay us!). Here’s a quick roundup of 10 hashtags from 2016.
#WildBum (credit: Gabriela K Hajduk @AmidstScience)
#BiologistSpaceFacts (credit: David Steen @AlongsideWild)
Earlier this year, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson “left his lane” and tweeted something INCREDIBLY inaccurate about how species that had painful sex would’ve gone extinct a long time ago (just read up on traumatic insemination to see how wrong that is). Of course, Biology Twitter was quick to correct him.
With that, Biology Twitter creatively meshed ecology with space.
#FieldWorkScares (credit: Scott J Davidson @ScootJD)
Science isn’t always fun and games, particularly for those of us who work outside or study wild animals. From run-ins with wild predators and skeezy men to just plain getting lost, #FieldWorkScares details those stories that are never funny when they’re happening, only after (maybe).
Remember to stay safe out there, y’all!
#BestSpots (credit: Anne Hilborn @AnneWHilborn)
Also, check out the alternative hashtag #BestStripes!
#ThisIsWhatAScientistLooksLike (credit: Kirsty MacLeod @kirstyjean)
Quick! Imagine a scientist. What did you picture? A white man in a lab coat, probably holding some sort of brightly colored chemical in a glass flask, right?
Well, if you haven’t already guessed, scientists (and their much-needed field assistants!) come from a variety of backgrounds, study a variety of things, and look a variety of ways. Sometimes we’re in lab coats, sometimes we’re in muddy quick-dry pants. We’re queer, we’re straight, we’re black, Indian, Asian, white, we’re parents…we’re a spectrum! This hashtag celebrated the diversity in science.
#ScienceVsScientist (credit: Solomon David @SolomonRDavid)
Similar to #ThisIsWhatAScientistLooksLike, #ScienceVsScientist (inspired by #ArtVsArtist) was a way for us to make science more personal by showing what kind of science we did.
#PokeBlitz (credit: Morgan Jackson @BioInFocus)
Sensing an opportunity to do a little science communication while folks were outside attempting to catch fictional creatures, Morgan Jackson promptly created the hashtag/movement #PokeBlitz to provide species identifications for players who stumbled across animals they didn’t know.
People quickly started using the hashtag.
#EcologistConfessions (credit: Meghan Duffy @duffy_ma)
Ecologists are people, too, and sometimes we do silly, stupid, or disgusting things (or have silly, stupid, or disgusting things happen to us). This hashtag gave us the chance to ‘fess up.
#ReignTheSwamp (credit: David Steen @AlongsideWild)
Recently, swamps have been denigrated in the mainstream media as something that needs to be “drained”. But it turns out that swamps are actually pretty important! Once again, scientists and other wildlife-lovers were quick to cape for the unfairly maligned ecosystems by showing the amazing biodiversity living in swamps.
From swamps to animal butts, 2016 was filled with awesome scientific hashtags. Who knows what 2017 will bring?