Twitter is a “micro-blogging” website that people use to communicate with friends and colleagues. Twitter users are asked to answer the question “What are you doing?” using 140 characters or less. Many health care providers use Twitter every day to exchange news, advice, and other succinct tidbits.
After signing up for a Twitter account, the next step is to find people and organizations to “follow” and to encourage them to follow you. A list of doctors, medical students and other medical Twitter users is located on the Medical Student Blog. Some additional organizations using Twitter include University of Washington Health, Cleveland Clinic, American Lung Association, University of Nebraska Medical Center, CDC Health, AIDS.gov, etc. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is using Twitter to broadcast news items (NIHforHealth) and funding information (NIHforFunding). The Henry Ford Hospital (HenryFordNews) recently tweeted a complete surgery, in a series of messages, 140 characters or less at a time!
The UCSD Biomedical Library also has a Twitter account. Follow us at http://twitter.com/ucsdbiomed in order to get news updates about the library (events, resources, services, etc.).
If you need help getting started with Twitter, contact Pat Sarchet at (858) 534-1196 or by e-mail.