#SfN14 and alternative social media coverage

We are all familiar with Twitter and live-tweeting many of the talks and aspects of SfN, but I'm going to take a look at #SfN14 throughout a few different platforms you might not have expected.

Instagram

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Aside from Facebook, this is probably the 2nd most popular place for the #sfn14 hashtag. Most of the #sfn14 'grams had little to do with coverage (aside from the occasional picture of a poster) and more to do with sharing more personal things -- like dinners, swag, or SfN signs.

Yik Yak

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A new, Twitter-like completely anonymous social medium, Yik Yak provides the microblogging experience Twitter has, with the upvote/downvote + reply community aspect that sites like Reddit have benefitted from, with a taste of invisibility that social media like Secret have made strides with.

All in all, it's really just a place of one liners and really really off-comments. Think of a place of all pseuds. That's Yik Yak but less helpful.

There is no real hashtag aspect of Yik Yak. Rather, it is specific to your location -- and while I was at the conference, I had a plethora of Yaks about SfN. Mostly about poor shuttle service, pointing out awkward obviouses during talks, or rallying impromptu socials.

This is an extremely interesting platform for conferences. I will try to look into this more at Cognitive Neuroscience Society this March.

Vine

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You would think Twitter's video companion social network, Vine, would be fairly active but it just so happens that ZERO Vines used the #SfN14 hashtag. That's a bit surprising -- especially from some of the more social media inclined vendors. I personally used Vine to tweet some cool swag I got, but didn't attach it to the #SfN14 hashtag. Because of the 6-second limiting factor, I would imagine Vine would kind of a be a neat way to blitz-cover posters. Maybe that's something to look into for poster coverage?

I'd be interested in trying out some Vine coverage next conference I attend, just to see how it would be received. I think a 6-second study summary is a bit ridiculous, but could be kind of fun in terms of science communication.

Any others?

I didn't look into many other media -- these are three that I conveniently have on my phone. If you have any other platforms you found interesting to see #SfN14 posts on, leave a reply!

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