What you are missing if you don't follow @APAScience on Twitter

Russell the robot, congressional hearings — government relations news faster and shorter.

If you haven't yet opened a Twitter account, or if you have one but don't follow @APAScience, you are missing out on a great source of information. In early May, you would have read about a Senate hearing on defense funding; psychologists from Vanderbilt University who shared their research and their robot, Russell, with members of Congress and their staff; an NIH call for proposals on health disparities; and psychologists who briefed Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., on evidence-based treatments for PTSD — and that's only a couple of days' worth of tweets. Some of these may eventually be the subject of newsletter articles, but not all.

Tweets have the same function as headlines — the 140-character limit concentrates the news to a truly bite-sized portion. Yet @APAScience often links to images or articles so followers can read beyond the headlines of particularly interesting subjects. We in APA's Science Government Relations Office believe in balancing depth of coverage with speed of information, but until Twitter came along, we didn't have a way to let readers have bits of information so quickly.

We urge you to join 847 of your colleagues (as of May 19) and follow @APAScience.