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Social Media in Clinical Practice: Chapter 7, The Role of Twitter and Microblogging in Medicine

When I realized Springer made the individual chapters of my book, Social Media in Clinical Practice, available, I thought it would be useful for future readers to get some insights about each chapter one by one.

Here is the short summary of what you can read about and an excerpt of the seventh chapter, The Role of Twitter and Microblogging in Medicine:

As social media became widely popular through blogging and community sites, there was a clear need for a communication channel or platform that is fast, interactive and archived. The concept of using such a communication platform was new as it was introduced in a train station in London, UK in 1935. The user wrote a brief message on a continuous strip of paper and dropped a coin in the slot. The inscription moved up behind a glass panel where it remained in public view for at least 2 h. The concept of microblogging is similar.

Topics covered:

  • Features that make a quality account
  • Communication on Twitter
  • Organizing Tweetchats
  • The First Steps After Creating an Account
  • Practical Details of Using Twitter
  • Potential Uses of Twitter in Medicine and Healthcare
  • Examples of the different types of Twitter accounts
  • Other Microblogging Platforms


Chapters that have already been covered:

Microblogging and

I’m a real fan of Twitter, a microblogging platform where users can post messages containing only 140 characters. Discussions become fast and accurate while sharing information is easier than ever. That’s why we implemented a microblogging platform-like box into the main page so now I can share announcements and news about Webicina even more efficiently.

Everytime you click on the main page, a new message will show up automatically.


Soon, we are going to come up with a free tool for physicians and we also have a big surprise for patients. Stay tuned! In 2009, we must get to people and help them understand why they need guidance in the medical field of web 2.0. is my service that aims to help medical professionals and patients enter the web 2.0 era by providing e-courses, consulting and personalized packages.

I also made the list of available e-courses public:

Medicine in Second Life: Patient support sites, meetings and medical simulations in the virtual world:

  • What is Second Life? (FREE preview)
  • Step 1: How to enter the virtual world?
  • Step 2: How to move, search and create landmarks?
  • Step 3: Medicine and health in the virtual world
  • Step 4: How to organize a meeting or presentation in Second Life?
  • Step 5: How can patients use Second Life?
  • Step 6: Which health groups to join?

Medical Blogs, channels for building an online image:

  • Inside the medical blogosphere (FREE preview)
  • Step 1: How to start a new blog?
  • Step 2: How to write a post and how to tag it?
  • Step 3: Design, widgets, pictures and more
  • Step 4: How to launch a blog carnival?
  • Step 5: How to provide quality content?
  • Step 6: The future of blogging?

How to follow journals and sites: RSS feed and trend trackers

  • How to keep yourself up-to-date? (FREE preview)
  • Step 1: How to keep yourself up-to-date??
  • Step 2: What is RSS about?
  • Step 3: Aggregators I.
  • Step 4: Aggregators II.
  • Step 5: Aggregators III.
  • Step 6: How to follow a medical journal?
  • Step 7: What to do when a site does not have RSS?

Further reading:

What you have to know about Twitter

I thought I should collect and share all the things I’ve learnt or found about Twitter as this is one of my favourite web 2.0 services these days. Twitter is a microblogging service that allows us to send 140 character-long messages to our followers. There is a huge health 2.0 community out there. Follow me and let’s keep in touch.

First, a few posts I’ve dedicated to this subject:

And other posts from great bloggers:


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