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10 Reasons Why I Use Twitter

Yesterday, Dan Weberg was curious how and why medical students use Twitter, a microblogging service. Jen McCabe Gorman directed him to me so now I thought I should list my reasons here.

1. I can contact fellow medical students and professors easily.

2. I get answers for my medicine-related questions from educators from around the world.

3. I get feedback easily so I always post there my ideas and projects.

4. I’ve recently started to read the Presentation Zen book and I really liked the foreword from Guy Kawasaki. Today I could contact him on Twitter. It feels good to be so close to the world.

5. It can replace RSS as bloggers share their newest posts with us (e.g. Kevin, MD). I can also follow health news aggregators and services on Twitter. (e.g. Eye on FDA, ICMCC)

6. I will graduate from medschool next September. That’s why I’m glad I can follow doctors and see what their everyday lives are like. This way, I can prepare myself for practicing medicine.

7. I cannot be up-to-date about the lives and careers of all of my friends and collegues by e-mail, but on Twitter it’s a piece of cake to know their important steps and milestones.

8. In order to check all the important health news of Second Life, I only have to follow Patricia F Anderson and Mal Burns.

9. It serves as a universal chat service. I can contact anyone while flying in Second Life, blogging live or writing e-mails.

10. I can watch and follow interesting discussions focusing on health, web 2.0 or medicine. I feel I’m in the middle of an active group or community consisting of medical students, patients, doctors, nurses, healthcare lawyers and medical librarians.

Follow me on Twitter and join the community…

31 Comments Post a comment
  1. Berci –

    When people ask why I tweet, I will refer them to this link and say “Berci hits the nail on the head.” Thank you!

    Last night Ted Eytan (@tedeytan) and I were talking about how, for weeks after we met, neither of us had the other person’s email or cell numbers – we just always used Twitter.

    It’s also largely replaced my use of RSS feeds, and emails to collaborators in various ventures.

    Here’s to many more tweets-

    November 1, 2008
  2. Thank you, Jen!

    Your comment should be the eleventh reason. :)

    November 1, 2008
  3. Thank you for assembling the list.

    When using Twitter for personal communication, we should not forget that (for the typical users) all posts are public and instantly searchable.

    I summarized a few thoughts here:

    A Doctor’s Opinion: Why I Started Microblogging on Twitter

    November 2, 2008
  4. Very interesting and eye opening post of using Twitter in the Medicine Field.

    We are a Visual Curator of Web2.0 and Social Media. We have created some Interactive Flash Presentations on Twitter

    Are you in a position to share with me some tangible results out of your use of Twitter? I would like to present them as success stories in the field of medicine for the common good.


    January 15, 2009
    • Sandeep, thank you for the encouragement!

      Would you be so kind as to send me a few questions about it (berci.mesko at

      I would love to help you with your research.

      January 15, 2009
  5. TweetDeck, Power Twitter, Twitter Globe, Better Than Facebook

    March 4, 2009
  6. very useful. thanks for sharing it with us

    October 5, 2010
  7. hello thanks for making this very informative to me

    January 10, 2012

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