/Hi! I saw Carol Creech's post //about the TwitterStorm and wanted to 
joi//n in, but I confess to being substantially Twitterilliterate. I 
contacted Kapi Monoy//io//s, our Social Media Guru//(basically I said 
HELP ME!!)//. A//nd, since I figured I wasn't the only one, we ended up 
creating this "Handbook for the Twitterilliterate//". I just posted a 
Tweet, so it can be done!! Jump in, the artwork on display is amazing!!/

*Pocket Handbook for the Twitterilliterate**
During the first week of March, the Twittersphere becomes an orgy of 
science-related art as the Scientific American Symbiartic blogging team 
(consisting of Glendon Mellow, Kalliopi Monoyios, and Katie McKissick) 
lead the charge for their annual #sciart tweetstorm. To join the 
Tweetstorm, just post an image (watermark it!) and include in your Tweet 
#SciArt, and any other #keywords that apply (#botanical, #watercolor -- 
these will spread your Tweet to relevant conversations as well as the 

Some brave GNSI members took the opportunity to see what Twitter was all 
about with varying degrees of satisfaction. If you're still scratching 
your head about what all the Twitter fuss is about, this article is for you.

So what exactly is Twitter? Perhaps you have the impression that it's a 
way for you to update everyone who cares (is that nobody?) about what 
you had for breakfast, who just flipped you off in the parking lot, why 
you desperately need a coffee, etc. If that's your impression, I don't 
blame you for ignoring it! But maybe you've heard friends and colleagues 
who appear slightly more "in-the-know" when it comes to social media wax 
poetic about the power of Twitter. You trust these folks and are 
intrigued, but good grief, is it just another instant messaging thingie? 
A group texting tool? A Facebook wannabe with the weird constraint of 
140 characters?

I like to think of Twitter as a personalized newsfeed. To use it 
effectively you never even have to post, but it can link you into a 
world of information that will (frankly) make your brain hurt... in a 
good way. By carefully choosing who you follow - both people and 
conversations - you can expand your perspective and become aware of a 
much broader array of information than if you relied on the two or three 
publications you likely go to on your own. Here is what I suggest:

1. Open a Twitter account.
2. Start following people. Not sure how to find them? Try these for 

GNSI members on Twitter (created by the GNSI)
Science Artists on Twitter (created by the Symbiartic blogging team)

3. Follow conversations using hashtags that interest you. Simply search 
for these on and every post that contains the particular 
hashtag you entered will show up. From there, you can find more people 
to follow, if you care to. You can just as easily follow no one and just 
tune into conversations around hashtags. Relevant hashtags to start with 
include:  #sciart, #scicomm, #bioart, #biology, #evolution, #botany, 
#stem, #stemtosteam

Using these three simple steps, you'll find you get pinged around the 
web to publications you like but never think to visit, you'll find 
viewpoints different than your own that help you out of the echochamber 
of your go-to news & opinion sites. If you are in search of like-minded 
artists, you'll find them and be able to connect. If you're hoping to 
get noticed by scientists whose research you'd ultimately like to be a 
part of, you can find them, follow them and ideally interact with them. 
Used intelligently, Twitter is a tool like no other. Get on it and get busy!
//thank you, Kapi!!

Gail Guth
Guth Illustration & Design
139 Lathrop Avenue
Battle Creek, MI  49014-5076
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