Do you have any advice for scientists who want to use Instagram to talk about science?
This is a big topic and one that I’m sure I will write about more in the future. Using social media to communicate science can be really effective. I would encourage you to find a niche in terms of the science content you put out but also don’t be afraid to experiment with things a bit. The nice thing about instagram is that you can do microblogging in your caption and accompany it with a nice image (or images, or video) and it also has a huge userbase so there’s plenty of people who could potentially become your audience! I like to use my instagram page to talk about day-to-day PhD life, chat about physics concepts related to my research, share interesting papers I’ve read recently, discuss D&I topics, and sometimes just post a picture of my cat. If you want to connect with people, being yourself and sharing what you do outside of science can really help with that! I also recommend limiting your social media use if you can. It can become very addicting getting that little dopamine hit so often, so I block instagram most of the time and unblock it for about half an hour a day to post, reply to comments, and browse tags that I’m interested in.