People don't come to me for advice on social networking, and for good reason. There are deep sea sponges that are more outgoing than I am. But astronomy is becoming more and more accessible through online networking, and I learned about several such endeavors while at the American Astronomical Society meeting last week. So, here is a completely incomplete list of a few options for a few popular social networking sites. Network away! And, if you have any good suggestions for further networking, let people know in the comments below. (Astronomy-related only, please, and no spamming or adverts -- I'll check up and delete anything else with extreme malice.)
Like any good networking, these are starting points to use to branch out to even more interconnectedness.
- MarsPhoenix -- a first-person update on the Mars Phoenix Mission, sent to your desktop from Mars.
- astronomy2009 -- Updates on the 2009 International Year of Astronomy
- BadAstronomer -- Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, one of the better online outreach people this science has
- Professor Astronomy -- Yours truly
- The Bad Astronomer again.
- 2009 Year of Astronomy again.
- The Ars Supernova -- a local band with an astronomer bass player
Facebook: I'm just getting started exploring MySpace, and don't exist there yet (though my mild-mannered alter-ego does). But I do know of a few astronomy-related groups, such as: