Survey Results: How Are AFS Members Using Social Media?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013: 8:40 AM
Fulton (Statehouse Convention Center)
Julie M. Defilippi , Data Team, Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program, Arlington, VA
Joanna Whittier , Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Thomas Litts , Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Social Circle, GA
Andrew Loftus , Loftus Consulting, Annapolis, MD
Social media has revolutionized communications with the incarnation and proliferation of weblogs, social networking, community media sites, Wiki’s, microblogs and supporting mobile applications. The Fisheries Information and Technology Section and Electronic Services Advisory Board are interested in how professional and student members of the American Fisheries Society are using social media for personal and professional communications.  A survey is being developed and will be distributed to a randomly selected subset of AFS members this spring. The survey focuses on individual use of social media to determine which social media tools are most commonly used, frequency of use, and applications.  The results of this survey will tell us how the Society’s members currently use social media and provide pathways for more effective and timely communications through social media in the future.