Mary Canady
Friendfeed: Life Scientists’ Biggest Little Secret: I wrote this post to help encourage life scientists to participate more on friendfeed. Thanks to everyone here for your help and if you have comments or suggestions please leave them here or on the post (if a good discussion results here I'll link back)
Maybe they want to get to the point quickly - and want to know why it'll help them? Bish bash bosh - some clear simple examples, and quick points. Or why not use the power of FF, and stop just saying "once you use it, you'll see how useful it is" and show a video of a FF room that shows links, discussion that has happened as an example that's useful to them? FF might be seen as having to be good enough to displace forum/ mailing lists - if you can't show it as better or complementary => a lower uptake. - Tom Tubbs
The idea of FriendFeed itself is not the sell, it's the trusted networks of colleagues/experts that form *on it* that convince people to join. Once there is perceived valuable information specific to an individual they are often on in a flash...until then, it's a very hard sell... - Dawn
You have to sell to needs - for many bench scientists absorbed in their beakers and stuff, I can see why they would see little need - it's just another time suck to them. Unless you match their needs with solutions, adoption will be slow. - Sally Church
Thanks for the input! I believe it's a chicken and egg thing. The value comes from a highly personalized community that one can build here, but how can I speak to each individual researcher's interests and tell them who they should be connecting with? I recently told Lee Buckler, who's trying to grasp the relevance of FF, to start his own group--that's the real way to see the value. I'm hoping they'll come here and a discussion will spark their interest. - Mary Canady
Scientists *do* see the value of such communication networks. I know many, many labs that routinely use wikis and blog networks to supplement (or at times replace) meatspace lab meeting. Except they are completely closed and password protected. The main issue is the concern regarding openness. I think it is a bit naïve to believe that most scientists, particularly the younger generations, don't understand the power or potential of these sorts of interactive media. - Noah Gray from iPhone
I think Noah's got a point. It's to some degree a generational thing. Online sharing and collaboration just makes sense to people who've grown up with the internet, and just kinda looks like a waste of time to people who are older and already established in the types of communication networks that were prevalent when they were coming up. - Mr. Gunn