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
3 Reasons the Sun Went Down on #HCSM
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
Twitter Demise: 5 Indicators the Little Blue Bird is Circling the Drain
5 Indicators that we may be facing a Twitter demise: Library of Congress The U.S. Library of Congress announced that they will no longer archive tweets. The decision to archive in the first place was an indicator of Twitter’s social relevance. The decision to suspend archiving Twitter is similarly an indicator of its relevance. 280 You don’t make this kind ... Continue Reading about Twitter Demise: 5 Indicators the Little Blue Bird is Circling the Drain
Will Twitter’s 280 Character Expansion Kill the Twitter Chat?
I can’t help but think that Twitter’s move to 280 character tweets will have some effect on the way people use the application. Think of the Twitter chat. A part of Twitter since its earliest days, the Twitter chat is one of the platform’s unique uses for bringing likeminded folks together for some serious back and forth. Part of what makes a Twitter chat hum is ... Continue Reading about Will Twitter’s 280 Character Expansion Kill the Twitter Chat?
Twitter and the Lack of Constraint
This week Twitter continued its self-destructive behavior when it expanded its Tweet length to 280 characters. This is a problem because Twitter has been defined by constraint. It was the value proposition for users. When I looked at my feed there was the promise that no one person would take too much of my bandwidth. So for the past decade we learned to speak ... Continue Reading about Twitter and the Lack of Constraint
Backchannel – The Vanishing Conversation at Meetings
The Twitter conversation happening at medical meetings used to be called the backchannel. Chatter in those spaces was once a trivial thing. I don't hear the term so much at big meetings. It’s moving closer to the front. And for good reason. When you go to ASCO how can you argue that Twitter is anything less important that the hallway dialog? Our digital and IRL ... Continue Reading about Backchannel – The Vanishing Conversation at Meetings