April 2010

Social Media at the Annual Meeting


This year’s meeting offers more ways than ever to stay connected and informed. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook and download our iPhone app, and you’ll be able to make the most of your meeting experience. 


We’re dispatching a team of ASBMB staff “tweeters” at the meeting, and they will be tweeting about sessions, events and changes to the program. Follow us at www.twitter.com/asbmb or with the hashtag #asbmb2010. You also can get general Experimental Biology meeting information at www.twitter.com/expbio or with hashtag #eb10. And, don’t forget to use these hashtags to tweet about the meeting yourself or to upload Twitpics from the meeting.


We will be creating event and discussion threads and notifications that you can follow by becoming a member of the ASBMB group on LinkedIn. Joining the community also is a good way to meet people interested in biochemistry and molecular biology and to view job postings in your field.


If you haven’t become a fan of ASBMB on Facebook, you’re going to miss out during the meeting. We’ll be posting photos and video every day on the ASBMB Facebook fan page. You also can write comments about the meeting on ASBMB’s “wall” or use the wall to ask other ASBMB meeting attendees about places to eat and fun things to do in Anaheim. Before the meeting, you can use the Facebook page to set up carpools or find hotel shares.

iPhoneThis year, we also will be unveiling the Experimental Biology iPhone application. Available at the end of March from the App Store on iTunes, the app is free for anyone to download onto his or her iPhone or iPod Touch. With the meeting app installed, users will be able to check meeting times and locations on the fly.

The app will contain information on the programs for all the societies participating in Experimental Biology. Having the app also means that you will be able to retrieve dates, times and locations for presentations, poster sessions and special events from the American Association of Anatomists, The American Physiological Society, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Investigative Pathology, the American Society for Nutrition and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

In the coming years, we hope to add meeting apps for other smartphones.

Nicole Kresge (nkresge@asbmb.org) is the editor of ASBMB Today.

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