Statistics and data science play integral roles in our society and continue to receive increased public attention. With this increased interest, statisticians have a rich opportunity to communicate with and educate the public about the power and potential of our field. Social media has the potential to augment other outreach efforts.
Twitter is a networking service where users can post highly constrained short updates (called "tweets") containing text, images, links, hashtags (for subjects such as #JSM2019 or #DataScience), and tags (for other twitter users such as @hadleywickham, @visnut, or @NateSilver538).
As noted Architect Frank Gehry noted, great creativity can be found in constraints. In this talk, I will provide examples of how Twitter has been used (and abused). I will discuss the strengths and weaknesses as a mechanism to communicate the power of statistics and data science and suggest ways that the profession can be more engaged in outreach and networking.