The Four Modes of Twitter – Part I

Even though it’s 2010, it seems that some people are still struggling with Twitter (I won’t name names, but it’s Friday and I’m in a good mood).

Contrary to what some say, Twitter – not necessarily Twitter Inc., but its premise – won’t go away. Twitter will become the communications and collaboration propellent of the 21st Century.

Since there are many in the healthcare industry who have been busy doing more important things than tweeting (like diagnosing and treating and saving people from bad things), I’d like to tease the community with a little perspective so that they can help spur things along for their healthcare friends.

There is no One True Way with Twitter. Twitter can’t be compared to other media. It’s its own thang – a paradox that lies somewhere between frivolity and utility.

I’ve been helping nurses and physicians understand this social media nonsense (I say that lovingly) and so far RNchat and MDchat have done well in that regard. Still, a little insight into how to view Twitter may be helpful to clinicians new to these media.

Anyhoo, without further ado, I bequeath to you the four modes – or value lenses – through which to view and use Twitter:

  1. Focused
  2. Filtered
  3. Serendipitous
  4. Random

Each of these has their own value. (Yes, even Random.)

I’ll delve into more detail in Part Deux. For now, I’ll let you brew them in your beautiful minds over the weekend. 🙂

@PhilBaumann –     @HealthIsSocial

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