I woke up this morning facing the first of three days of weekend coverage. Two perfectly spaced calls overnight cut my sleep in 3. It was a morning that I could use some good vibes. MedTwitter and its stream of angry agendas So, like most mornings, I reach for MedTwitter to see what my peers think is important. Thumb flicking through I find a stream overrun with ... Continue Reading about Positive MedTwitter
If you pay attention to medical Twitter you’ll notice the creeping emergence long threads and clustered Tweets over the past few months. It’s long-form Twitter. This was evident during the discussion around the release of the CABANA trial - the study drew a strong response from cardiologists on Twitter who, despite the finding, were divided on the role of ablation in ... Continue Reading about Long-Form Twitter and the Physician Conversation
Last week cardiologist Dr. Milton Packer offered a skewed perspective on Twitter. His piece, Do You Practice Twitter-Based Medicine, published in MedPage Today called into question the value of Twitter and drew harsh blowback from physicians. What stood out was Packer’s misunderstanding of not only Twitter as a platform but the broader role of public dialog among ... Continue Reading about The Twitter Education of Dr. Milton Packer
In the earlier days of Twitter (circa 2009) it was standard protocol to introduce friends to your followers. In fact, Fridays on Twitter were a shameless parade of people sharing the handles of their friends. Why you needed to follow them was irrelevant. It was the tip of the hat that mattered. It was followFriday. In the months after #followfriday was initiated in ... Continue Reading about FollowFriday: How Did it Work and Where Did it Go?
If you think Twitter has devolved into a buttoned-down forum for predictable professional posturing, check out Ilooklikeasurgeon. This and other communities of female physician voices on Twitter are shaping a new image of the physician. Ilooklikeasurgeon The original meme that went global, #Ilooklikeasurgeon put a spotlight on the the way real (female) surgeons ... Continue Reading about Twitter’s Continuum of Female Physician Voices: ILookLikeaSurgeon, GirlMedTwitter, and MotherCutter
This evening represents the sunsetting of the longstanding #HCSM Twitter chat. Dana Lewis sums up the culture that evolved in the #HCSM chat here: The chat began in January of 2009, and continued almost every Sunday night at 8pm CT from then until now. Discussion has ranged around hundreds of topics related to healthcare and social media – such as interactions ... Continue Reading about 3 Reasons the Sun Went Down on #HCSM