In my recent look at Web 2.0 I noted that "Facebook is more for play than for work". I underestimated it. Facebook has exploded in popularity since they removed the need to belong to a recognised school or university, and the addition of applications in May has given it an extra boost. BioMed Central has now jumped onto the Web 2.0 bandwagon, with the new functionality of including links to social network sites - including Facebook - on each article, which has been well received. Facebook has a plethora of groups, allowing people to easily discuss any number of topics, and has a growing number of applications, some useful, some fun (like Scrabulous, the Scrabble app), some totally pointless (like Zombies). There are now a host of science-related groups and a handful of applications, and I'm going to list just a few that I've come across, some of which I use myself.
Facebook 'friends' tend to be people you've actually met in real life (LinkedIn is the real professional networking site), but I do have two 'friends' who I've only 'met' electronically, and one of them is Bora Zivkovic, of Blog Around the Clock fame and lately PLoS ONE. However, I may meet Bora if I make it to the 2008 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference, for which I received an invite through... Facebook.
I have almost certainly missed your favourite group or application - if so, why not leave a comment? I might even accept a Facebook friend request.
General sciency stuff
Science and Technology in Society
Neuroscience and Brain Studies
Support Stem Cell Research
ScienceHack Science Videos
Folding@Home Protein Researcher
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Integrative Medicine International
National Center for Science Education
British Research Funding E-petition
Pro-Test Cancer/Medical Research
All groups with Common Interest: Science
Librarians for open access
Creative Commons fan club
Access to Research Now!
Help make NIH-funded research findings freely available to everyone!
Nurture by Nature
Library Student Journal
HighWire Press appreciation society
NEJM Fan Club
Student BMJ readers ...!
RCSI Student Medical Journal
Adventures in Science and Ethics
ScienceBlogs fan club
A Blog Around The Clock
Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique
Hard Bloggin' Scientists
The DNA Network
Flog Blog, to add blog posts to your Facebook profile.
The James Randi Educational Foundation
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (my religion is 'Pastafarian' on Facebook)
Church of the Invisible Pink Unicorn
Homeopathy is Pseudoscience
"The Great Global Warming Swindle" is a swindle
Charles Darwin Has a Posse
Prof. Steve Steve is my Hero
Just for fun
Null Hypothesis - The Journal of Unlikely Science (and an application, The Prof's Weird Fact Box)
The Official PHD Comics Group (Piled Higher and Deeper also has an application giving a feed of the comic to your profile)
Grad Students: they're Not Bad People, they Just Made Terrible Life Choices
You know you've worked too long in a lab when
We look so sexy in our labcoats, we need safety goggles... for protection
We're scientists AND we're sexy!
Argh, the lab fairy has screwed up my experiments again!
Two groups close to my heart
The Lomas Lab (I'm also supporting alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency awareness, as it was what my research was on)
Oxford Biologists Reunite!
p.s. After posting this, I discovered a Facebook campaign that I should share. Nothing to do with science, but my hippy, liberal nature means I've got to flag this up: