Last week I attended the 2010 instalment of Science Online London, which was held over 2 days at the British Library. Both days were packed with interesting discussions covering lots of topics, loosely bound by the general ideas of science and the internet. One topic that caught my attention in a number of sessions, and that I’d been giving some thought before the conference, was the different pros and cons of online versus offline activities.
I enjoy having an active online persona immensely, and since I started blogging and tweeting I’ve gained a lot of experience, knowledge and perspective. But recently I’ve found myself wondering: what are the limitations of being active online? What can a blog, however fantastic or prolific the writing, not achieve? And I tried to have some discussion about this at the conference.