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For what do I use Twitter with 10,000 followers?

Yesterday, I passed the 10,000 follower milestone on Twitter. A follower asked me to share the reasons why I use Twitter and the also the ways how I use it. I would say there are 5 major reasons why I’ve been using it for long years.

  1. Crowdsourcing: Usually I have very specific and complicated questions either about a clinical problem or about social media. What do you do when you have such a question, but do not know who might have the answer? You spend time and efforts building a network and, build trust with the members of this network and then when you have a question, drop it into the network. My experience is that generally in a few minutes, I get my answer. That is how I use Twitter for crowdsourcing and how I used it once for crowdsourcing a diagnosis that generated an Al Jazeera interview and a New York Times report.
  2. Let the community filter news for me: That is another reason why I have been building this network for years. When I check my Twitter stream and also a few hashtags such as #hcsm #meded or #hitsm, I know I will come across that day’s most important news probably relevant and interesting for me. I don’t have to scroll over all my favourite sites, just check the Twitter stream.
  3. Share news: I myself post quite often about the news and articles related to social media and medicine. I help the community in this filtering process and try to find the best pieces of information for them. Otherwise, how could I expect them to do the same for me?
  4. Get in touch: Getting in touch with people from around the world takes time when you have many contacts and friends. Moreover, I believe the easiest way nowadays to contact conference organizers or editors of medical journals and companies is Twitter, this is a fast, but still very personal channel.
  5. Get feedback: I work on many projects so I need feedback. And as I know I have people in my network from a lot of areas with expertise and broad perspectives, I love getting feedback from them and fortunately I do get a lot.
There are certainly many other reasons why I use it, but these seem to be the most essential ones.

Let’s tweet in touch!

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  1. Great post and all very good reasons. I’ve just written a post about a well known global brand with 250,000 followers who have only tweeted 80 times in 6 months. Would love to know your thoughts on how they should be using Twitter: http://jackashman.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/what-would-you-do-with-250000-twitter-followers/

    February 27, 2012
  2. Interesting situation, I’ll check it out, thanks for sharing!

    February 27, 2012
  3. Great post. I use it for all of those reasons as well. I’d just add in one more which kind of relates to your fourth one, but that’s to connect with new people. Certainly Twitter is great at staying in contact with old friends, colleagues, etc. Plus, by watching other people’s tweets you feel like you know what’s going on in their life to some extent. However, I also LOVE how Twitter helps me meet new people that I’d never known before. This is particularly true at conferences where Twitter takes out that first meeting awkwardness.

    February 29, 2012
    • You’re right, John, that is a very important issue and I tried to include it in point No. 4.

      March 3, 2012
  4. I’m a PhD student that uses twitter, I wrote a post about getting on twitter and what to do with it as a student if you want to read it! – http://sciencehastheanswer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/how-to-use-twitter.html

    May 4, 2012
  5. Very useful uses. Clearly, the crowdsourcing thing works better when you have a bigger crowd. It just demonstrates how social media is holistic. To get engagement, you have to get engaged. Sitting on the sidelines can make you increasingly invisible (and less productive) in an increasingly socially connected world. There are many industries within healthcare that are just getting started with platforms like Twitter. Each of use can help bring up different niches within healthcare to bring the entire industry forward. I wrote an article for twitter and telehealth (http://www.handsontelehealth.com/past-issues/132-twitter-and-telehealth-more-than-you-think). I’d be interested to get your thoughts on it.

    September 24, 2012

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