May 15, 2010 (Vol. 30, No. 10)
Strong Points: Constantly updated, only includes tweets specific to proteomics
Weak Points: Includes many commercial tweets (including by the company that se up the website)
It was only a matter of time that in today’s climate of social media, websites would pop up to sort through the information with which we are constantly inundated. Proteomics Tweets may not be the first “twitter hub” website (and I’m certain it won’t be the last!), but it is the first scientifically oriented twitter hub that I have encountered. Now I don’t pretend to be all that Twitter savvy, but the idea behind Proteomics Tweets is to search all of the tweets worldwide for specific keywords related to proteomics, and to present those tweets on this site. Thus, to people interested in proteomics, this page acts as a filter for all of the twitter madness, and it is constantly updated. I do find that many of the tweets are commercial in nature, no doubt because companies are trying to cash in on the social media phenomenon. Still, it’s a nice way to view pertinent tidbits of information without having to join Twitter yourself.