The Scientific Activist

Who Are My Super Readers?

ScienceBlogs is inviting each of its blogs to name two “Super Readers”. These “Super Readers” will have access to a new account, where they’ll be able to tag three ScienceBlogs posts of their choice per week. These will go on to a feed on the homepage, which I believe will replace the most active/most emailed feature currently in use.

So, who are my “Super Readers”?

Well, I have some ideas, but I don’t know if you‘ll be interested. So, if you are interested, let me know by email or in the comments of this post. I’ll pick my two “Super Readers” based on a combination of timeliness, interest, and merit. So, even if I think you’ll be a great “Super Reader”, I won’t necessarily pick you unless I think you’re interested. Also, I’ll be out of town for the next week, so don’t be worried if you don’t hear back from me for a little while.

Thanks in advance for your participation, and if you are interested, please let me know!


  1. #1 Mike
    March 11, 2008

    Is your perceived interest and merit of your readers based on whether or not the readers agree with your political activism?

  2. #2 Nick Anthis
    March 16, 2008

    Well, I’d at least expect them to be civil about it…. Regardless, since there are only two super reader slots, I don’t think it’s so outrageous to expect these two to be readers who aren’t diametrically opposed to most of what I write.

  3. #3 Martin Robbins
    March 19, 2008

    I’m going to make a really laboured pun here…

    It seems less and more

    Ka-boom tish!

    Seriously though, and I’m not criticizing you Nick at all, this seems like a cynical ploy by Seed to get a hundred readers to do a load of their marketing work for them, since obviously the tagging will bring in more hits.

    I mean, what they’re basically doing is the equivalent of Amazon phoning up and saying “hey, we’d like to give you the rare privilege of being allowed to spend your time posting messages on internet forums saying how bloody great is and how they should go visit it now, and in return we’ll, er, call you a ‘super-customer’, since that sounds much better than unpaid salesperson!!”

    Just my tuppence-worth.

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