Do scientists really need social networks?

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The short answer is “yes.” Of course they do. But the best networks would probably not be Facebook clones. Why not? Well, because Facebook helps people find people. Scientists need networks that help people find information. The label “Scientists” is a very big one and includes a lot of people and professions, but to succeed in achieving whatever objectives they are pursuing, they need networks where they can easily find the information they are after, or contact people who can help them find it.