Here is a key line from the Pew Internet Project’s report on Twitter and status updating:
Twitter users engage with news and own technology at the same rates as other internet users, but the ways in which they use the technology—to communicate, gather and share information—reveals their affinity for mobile, untethered and social opportunities for interaction.
I’ll have data on this phenomenon in my upcoming report on health and social media (hint: e-patients are more likely than others to Twitter and otherwise update their status online).
If I’ve already lost you:
Read David Pogue’s Twitter column or, just to stick with the Times, read up on Facebook.
You don’t have to have an account to search Twitter for your favorite key words (power users can try searching for “hash tags” like #cancer, #rare, or for a lighter topic #haiku).
Visit some familiar people on Twitter: me, e-Patient Dave, Alan Greene, Cheryl Greene (to name a few e-patient folks).
Check out a few other health Tweeple (I refuse to use the term Twits): Carol Torgan, Ted Eytan, Jen McCabe Gorman, Craig Stoltz, and Jane Sarasohn-Kahn
Peek in on some mass audience feeds: Tim O’Reilly (tech guru), Evan Williams (CEO of Twitter), or badbanana (the crouton in my Twitter salad).
I would love to hear more stories about how health and health care has intersected with Twitter, Facebook, or other “communication protocols” as Gilles Frydman has termed it.