Social media is machine-based technology that helps share thoughts, intentions, and facts via the construction of digital networks. By design, people use it primarily on the internet, giving users a quick digital verbal exchange of content. It excels at connecting human beings and growing relationships. Even more, it offers high-quality opportunities to set up contacts, useful inquiries, and helpful knowledge. The benefits of promoting mathematics through social media include 1) growing awareness for mathematics for its beauty and applicability, 2) humanizing the behind the scenes of doing mathematics using commentary, articles, and videos, and 3) fostering our investigation of mathematics, including education, research, and applications.
Hi, it’s Dave here. I’m in the process of setting up a social media network for promoting mathematics. The initial networks include YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr. If you are interested in mathematics, math education, and promoting math, find your favorite network and connect with Dave.
If you are not sure, or not even on any of these platforms, then read on why you might change your mind.
Connect With Dave on YouTube
YouTube is a search engine for videos owned by Google. Video is a great way to demonstrate concepts that are not easily explained in text form. Many people enjoy watching a video while learning and want to see more of it. YouTube is a place to showcase your skills and personality and to make a strong presentation. Here are some statistics:
- More than 2 billion users.
- 1 billion hours watched daily.
- 500 hours of video are uploaded every minute.
- More than 2 billion unique users visit the site each month.
I plan to use YouTube to create personal relationships with people who want to learn mathematics, teach mathematics, and promote mathematics. And not just pure or applied mathematics, but any subject remotely related to mathematics. I plan to investigate and discuss how mathematics is connected to as many areas as I can. Yes, my passion is learning, teaching, and promoting math –and you can connect with me on YouTube!
Find Out What’s Happening With Dave on Twitter
Twitter is a place for news. A place where people express their thoughts views about specific events and trends.
Twitter is also a place to start a conversation. By understanding how to use Twitter to bring a topic to life, Twitter gives us a way to humanize mathematics.
Twitter is a media stream with excellent search capabilities. Here are some statistics:
- 350 million monthly users
- 550 million tweets per day
- 160 million daily users
- tweet limit of 2,400 per day per user
Twitter users are among the most educated social media networkers. With all that said, here is how I intend to use Twitter. Here are four types of Tweets I plan to use:
- Website Link — to engage longer with useful information.
- Quick Question — a mathematical curiosity.
- Industry Buzz — share essential math facts, tips, or news.
- Networking Effort — to meet students, educators, and mathematicians.
Twitter Tip: Even though using a mention is a great way to be engaging, rarely should you start a tweet with a handle. If you do so, the only people to see the tweet is you and the person you mentioned. Just use something in front of the handle to avoid this.
CONNECT With Dave on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a social media site whose primary use is professional networking and is owned by Microsoft. There are over 610 million users on LinkedIn, and it has the highest concentration of decision-makers. Here are some statistics:
- 690 million members
- 303 million active monthly users
- 125 million active daily users
- 92% of Fortune 500 companies use LinkedIn
- 4 million LinkedIn members were hired through the platform
LinkedIn is well-known for being the most trusted social network. Here are some exciting math-related pages to follow.
There are several types of content to share on LinkedIn. Here are some types of information I plan to contribute:
- news related to mathematics, math educators, and mathematicians,
- educational articles and videos that teach mathematics,
- articles and commentary that help math educators teach,
- general knowledge articles that help connect mathematics with everything else, and
- articles and videos for promoting mathematics.
LinkedIn is an exceptional network for finding like-minded math educators.
Instagram is a social media network built around sharing photos and videos. Naturally, seeing the faces of happy, productive people motivates oneself to do positive things.
Here are some statistics:
- 1 billion monthly active users
- 71% of users are under the age of 35
- 500 million active daily users
- More than 100 million photos and videos are shared every day.
Mathematics is communicated in pictures and videos. Because images instantly draw viewers in and gain their attention, I use Instagram to give mathematics a personality and give visual proofs. I tell the story of mathematics and how I promote math.
Discover How Dave Brings the World Closer Together on Facebook
Facebook is a social networking site that enables you to connect and share with like-minded people. Here are some statistics:
- 2.6 billion monthly active users
- 1.73 billion daily active users
- 61% of internet users
Clearly, Facebook is the most popular and capable social media platform. Here is a list of features that Facebook currently has implemented. And a more reader-friendly version of features here.
On the Dave4MathPage, I plan to post videos in playlists and series. For example, here are the first three video series here:
- Precalculus (The Complete Series)
- Linear Algebra (The Complete Series)
- Number Theory (The Complete Series)
So, more video series will be coming soon.
Pin with Dave on Pinterest
Pinterest is a powerful yet underestimate search engine and not just a social media site. Most Pinterest users are women by a whopping 68%, and let’s face it –mathematics needs more women. In 2019, only 29% of Ph.D.’s in mathematics went to a woman. And only 15% of tenure-track positions are held by a woman. So I definitely plan to promote mathematics on Pinterest.
Also, Pinterest is a visual discovery engine, notably geared towards how-tos. This approach makes Pinterest an excellent platform for promoting the learning of how-to-learn mathematics.
Pinterest is also a great place to share math quotes –and there is no shortage of inspiring quotes on mathematics. So Pinterest is a great place to discuss math and the how-and-why a quote came to be and why it is interesting.
Be Funny with Dave on Tumblr
Everyone needs a little humor, and I love math jokes. Don’t have a thick skin? Sarcasm has a place, and mathematics is, at times, frustrating for everyone. Tumblr is a place to connect the dots and promote mathematics to those that have to much time connecting dots.
Certainly, Tumblr is engaging with younger people, especially those who learn differently. Of course, we know this, original thinkers are often non-conformists, misfits, and rebels, many of whom are looking for a cause.
So Why I Plan to Keep Using Social Media
Social media is a place to express yourself and show your abilities. Most people want social media to be what they want in life, but without the thing in the middle. No more gatekeepers who were dominating our thoughts; now we connect directly with our peers.
Notwithstanding, do you judge Thomas Edison by the scary talking doll he created or his world-changing ideas? Don’t be over judgemental on social media. Be real, original, and keep trying to change the world for the positive.