Twitter is a greatly misunderstood social media tool. When I suggest to someone to join Twitter I usually get the response, ”I don’t do Twitter.” Twitter first appeared on the social media circuits on March 21, 2006. Much of what I know about myeloma I have learned on Twitter.
The use of Twitter at #ASH18 helped disseminate information about the latest happenings in hematology to the general public in real time. Twitter was used to share slides from oral presentations, discuss and debate the data being presented, and to share posters and fun photos. A variety of user groups participated in the ongoing discussions on Twitter- healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, advocacy groups, media and patients.
This year there were over 37,000 tweets from #ASH18 from 7,500 unique Twitter handles. www.symplur.com compiles a list of the Influencers of #ASH18. On the list of the Top 10 Influencers were myeloma patient advocates Yelak Biru @NorthTxMSG and yours truly @MyelomaTeacher.
Twitter aggregates all the information about a particular topic for you. All you need to know is how to search a hashtag and the main curators of a topic. You can follow the hashtags and learn about the most exciting happenings in myeloma from #ASH18 by signing on to Twitter and search #MMSM #ASH18. You don’t have to tweet to be on Twitter. All you have to do is set up an account and become a lurker. That’s what I did at first. Now I have close to 6,500 followers.
Check out my Tweets from #ASH18
by Cynthia Chmielewski AKA @MyelomaTeacher on Twitter