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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.

What does need to develop into a place that is really dedicated to academia and science and to actually be useful for (real) academics?

@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).

@arden @kateiyas Plutarch said that even though Chaeronaea was a small town, if he left his ancestral home it would be smaller still. I can't change structures but I can create things worth reading and seeing on the open Internet.

@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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Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

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"Official" monthly journal club!

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Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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