I already like this site way more than Facebook

I received an email earlier today from Nature Publishing Group advertising their new social networking project, GenoMate:

We at Nature are pleased to announce our premier academic social networking/graduate relationship development website. New multidisciplinary fields, particularly Systems Biology, require a greater degree of collaboration and shared expertise. Nature GenoMate combines cloud-based productivity tools with a social networking engine that includes your colleagues and citations.

At first I thought this was going to be super lame – I mean, do biologists really need a separate social networking site? But when I looked at the features, I realized how awesome it is. It’s really pertinent to the needs of grad students. For example, they give great advice that first years like me may not know:Or their Erlenmeyer-Briggs personality questions that match you with others:Go check out the rest of their features here!

I feel so lucky that my department received one of the first invitations. Helps that the main developer apparently works here, though I’m not sure who it is… hmmm


  1. says

    Uh … cool project, but, um … do they really recommend Andrew Wakefield as a “top advisor match”? (Second photo on the right. If that’s not him, must be a secret twin brother.)

  2. says

    Man, that sounds funny. I hope engineering is next. I would love to see that version of it. Would be cool to hear about some top people in that.

  3. Epistaxis says

    Hey, that’s UW’s own Mary-Claire King (“I like big posteriors”)!I feel bad for anyone who got Hwang Woo-suk and Andrew Wakefield as matches.

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