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Practices and promises of Facebook for science outreach: Becoming a “Nerd of Trust”

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Lines represent normal distributions that best described the data as determined by the Expectation–Maximization Algorithm for Mixtures of Univariate Normals (see S1S8 Tables).

(A) Distribution among scientists of total Facebook friends in their individual networks. (B) Distribution among scientists of percentage of Facebook friends that are scientists. (C) Boxplot of percentage of friends that are scientists in the Facebook networks of survey participants by career stage. (D) Distribution among scientists of total posts per month on Facebook. (E) Distribution among scientists of the percentage of total posts per month that were science related. (F) Distribution among scientists of the percentage of total science posts per month that were related to the personal research of the scientist. (G) Distribution among scientists of the percentage of total science posts per month that were related to the scientific field of the scientist. (H) Distribution among scientists of the percentage of total science posts per month that were related to the culturally controversial science topics.

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2002020.g001