Academia.edu

A Social Network to Share and Follow Research.

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I've been a fan of these guys for years, and they just hit 10MM users. A social network for research solves many problems for the vertical. As a start: SEO/recognition for new graduates, reliable citation counts, finding/connecting with academics in your field, and accelerating the pace of communication amongst those groups.
Totally agree @staringispolite! These guys and ResearchGate have a chance to reinvent the central nervous system for how we do science. Their users are a super tricky group of people to build a product/service for, though. There's high intrinsic churn, convoluted incentive structures, and many are technology laggards. I could go on and on about this...