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What are your thoughts - is a "Facebook for Scientists" needed and can you cope with G+, FB etc.? Curious to know your opinion!
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I have profiles at both ResearchGate and Academia.edu but I rarely visit. I didn't find the interface interesting. I do get email updates from them that someone has searched for my paper or that there are some comments in an interest group that I signed up for, but that's it.
 
Not being a scientist, I'm not very familiar with Research Gate. However, my experience with Academia.edu has been on par with Rajini's - perhaps because, as she points out, the interface is pretty deadly.
 
Why not start a poll on Neuroscience Network?
 
Thanks for the link, Victor. I do a lot of translation work for social scientists working in Spanish (rather than "hard" scientists). Sometimes I think that they could benefit from participating in English language discussions to the extent that they are able to try out their ideas before "reinventing the wheel."
 
Thanks all for your constructive comments, very useful!
 
Google+ seems to be more the place for engineers, academics, and scientists. A site solely for researchers is promising as I would expect it to change for the needs of its specific users rather than the general functionality that a social network site provides and interface decisions done by programmers, venture capitalists, advertisers, focus groups, designers, etc.

The benefits, however, of having activity continue on general social networking sites is that a) more people not currently doing research may stumble in to conversation and easily learn more and explore, and b) researchers are a lot easier to find, contact, and follow on open general sites.
When I'm reading a paper or anticipating a lecture, I Google the presenters and see if they have a Google+ page that I can follow.
 
I admit, Google+ is attractive, however I have yet to really delve in and participate. Google Reader was wonderful, and then my GR became obsolete once I entered graduate school and Google Buzz died off. I'm very interested in Visual Thinking and Pearltrees appears to be an idea, but again this social media tool of organizing research is attractive, but I have yet to sit down and learn how to manage its tools.
 
I often Google to research terms and information as I translate and edit. It was interesting to see that Matthew uses G+ to get deeper insight into a particular person's thinking. Although my background is in the arts and humanities, I'm enjoying the things that science and psychology circles are posting. I like having the option to keep quiet and read, make a comment once in awhile, or pass on things that might interest people in other circles.
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