Ok, Let's be clear; I don't really feel comfortable posting to twitter. If I'm talking to a friend, I'd use a more private method of communication, If I'm talking to a stranger I don't like the idea of just dumping a question or comment on someone's lap without some sort of introduction. It's like sticking your head into a celebrity's window and shouting "WHEN IS YOUR NEXT MOVIE COMING OUT?".

It does work pretty good for gathering information; people post links, quotes, thoughts, whatever.  If they have similar interests as you and post regularly you've got a pretty good personal assistant finding you the best of the internet.

It's hard finding the good people to follow in bioinformatics, there are two types of people: Ones who are bioinformaticians who tweet and ones who tweet about bioinformatics. There is a difference, the former will post things like, "Writing grants, oh noes" (which is not useful)  and the later will post "Paper about next-gen sequencing [link]"  (which is useful). Here's a list of the ones I follow that are worth following:

Science journalists:@carlzimmer @TwistedBacteria

Web 2.0 and science:@NextGenScience

2nd-Generation/Next-generation sequencing:@pathogenomenick @nuin @454Sequencing

Genetics/genomics - Medicine - personal genomics:@DukeIGSP @genomesunzipped @iGenomics @Aurametrix

Genetics/genomics - Microbiology:@jennifergardy @fionabrinkman @pedrobeltrao @genomepop @cupton1 @lukejostins

Bioinformatics (More on the computational side of things):@jandot @digitalbio @mmarchin @mza @attilacsordas @abhishektiwari @tisimpson @tomtubbs @yokofakun

General bioinformatics (I can't categorize any finer than that)@BioInfo @Bioinformatic @marcoscarvalho

Personalities and celebrities are a bit easier to fathom, here's my list: @happy_khan/personalities


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