Twitter has gained traction in various fields because it is actually useful for news about new papers and developments in your field, and for staying connected with your colleagues.
It requires effort to stay free of distractions there however. I manage somehow with a list only dedicated to my subject, and ignoring politics and heated discussions etc., but I've seen some people stopping to use it because of Twitters goals of driving their attention to non-science stuff and time wasting.
@kateiyas Hey, we've already been here for several years and established our own culture and norms. Real academics do use this space, and we are dedicated to being a safe space for queer academics, as well as a space that welcomes other minorities
We're not trying to be like, Other Twitter
We're *already* Scholar Social
Stick around and make yourself at home! We'd love to get to know you :)
@kateiyas Honestly I feel like user base / network effect is the main thing ? I’m trying to think of more technical things that mastodon might miss but for my academic use all necessary options are there (#, links, search).
@kateiyas I would also agree that this is not basically a technical problem. Birdsite's strategy of getting the chattering class to create accounts bought some famous academics on board but I really don't understand that site and why people use it ... like FB it has sucked the blood out of communities which were healthier and more useful for me. @arden is right about network effects, and academic birdsite is loud and political.
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