When the website launches on 1st December, it will have social components which take it beyond the local level:
- Facebook: A presence of Facebook gives us massive outreach, way beyond one institution and one group of students.
- Friendfeed: Biological Sciences students in Leicester use friendfeed to communicate with each other and with academic staff, so this will be an attractive, low overhead channel for them. But there is an active scientific community on this site, many of who would never venture onto Facebook, so friendfeed gives us an interesting blend of local and remote connections.
- And - what's missing from this list? We debated whether to create a presence for this project on CiteULike or Mendeley, but after consideration decided that these services wouldn't add much if anything to the site - are we right about this?
Project SOAR - coming soon to a social network near you: