Social networking

Benefits and drawbacks of social networking

An ever-growing number of researchers are making use of social networks and perceive a large number of benefits. However, other researchers are reticent to use the medium for a variety of reasons. Here are some perceived benefits and drawbacks.

  • Sharing your work on social networking sites can increase your visibility and enhance your reputation, which can result in your work getting a greater number of citations.
  • Social networking sites can be used to find potential collaborators, or to forge connections with useful non-academic contacts, for example, from the financial or industrial sectors.
  • Most social networking sites can be used free of charge, and can be public, private, or limited to a small group of selected users. As the creator of a site, you can give various users different rights such as 'read only' or 'editing' rights.
  • They are simple enough to use without any special training and can be used for many purposes such as knowledge management, project management, the scheduling of meetings, brainstorming, and collaborative writing.
  • They provide an easy way to interact with peers and allow comment, discussion and feedback between individuals or groups with similar research interests.

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PILOT - Communication by Marion Kelt, GCU, Imperial College, London and East Midlands Research Group is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.