I’ve decided to start twittering about biogerontology (mostly; I’ll also be posting about open science, other professional interests, and the occasional personal experience) under the handle DoNotGoGently. I intend this to complement but not replace posting on Ouroboros. In particular, I want to meet two perceived needs:

  1. To post interesting articles in a more timely fashion: I tend to put good papers in a list of bookmarks and get to them days or weeks later. By posting on twitter every time I see a good article, I’ll be able to communicate (however briefly) news about interesting work as soon as it crosses my path.

  2. To post about articles that I wouldn’t have blogged about: The aging literature is huge and growing; for every ten abstracts I tend to bookmark two and blog about less than one. This way, there’s a greater likelihood that a given article will get some kind of mention.

I may end up adding a Tweet feed to the right-hand margin of the Ouroboros main page, but for now the surest way to follow my tweets is to follow me.

This is an experiment; I’m not yet sure how this is going to work out or how it will influence my blogging, but — hopefully — at the very least it should enable me to clear my “to do” list more rapidly, result in an increase in overall post frequency, and provide another way for interested parties to keep up to date on the latest in the biogerontology literature.

Update: I did in fact add a Twitter feed to the right-hand margin of the main page, but I hate it — wordpress.com doesn’t support any of Twitter’s widgets and I had to add it as an RSS feed in which all text appears as a link. I didn’t want to put it higher up than my other feed links, or my links to journals etc., so it’s quite low on the page — where no one is going to see it. Someday I’ll move to a two-column right hand margin, but that will be after I buy a domain name and strike out on my own, so I wouldn’t hold my breath.