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I catch myself too often thinking about how to become more visible and present online instead of doing Great Research™.
But how important is it to be very visible online for academics and researcher anyway?
Here are my assumptions, numbered only for easy referencing.
- Tenure committees and such don't care for twitter follower
- Public bodies that provide funding don't care how many people have you in your circle
- Colleagues might look down on you, because your blog posts are not scientific enough
- Writing a blog can be a good exercise in writing about your topic
- If you are looking for a job or position, it can be helpful iff your potential boss is also an 'onliner'
- It makes it easier to network and getting in contact with other people who work on the same problems
- It might help you to get work, invited to talks and book contracts in the normal world.
- (For CS) Uploading and advertising your code will make your research results more used
Are my assumptions correct? What did I miss? How do handle your online reputation?