Conferences on Twitter (AIDS & Cardiology) – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of September 1, 2014)


Mid-Event Twitter Metrics for #ESCongress via Symplur
#ESCongress Twitter Metrics: http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/esccongress/

Even people who don’t use Twitter are usually aware of the Twitter backchannel at conferences. There are some big ones going on right now.

AMEE 2014 (medical education): #AMEE2014
APAC Forum (“social media as a transformative force in healthcare”): #SoMeTransform and #APACForum
The BMJ Awards: #thebmjawards
ESC Congress 2014 (European Society of Cardiology): #esccongress

There are almost always various healthcare conferences going on. Here is a small selection of healthcare conference hashtags coming up later this week.

Breast Cancer Symposium: #BCS14
Kaiser Permanente Irving Rasgon Family Medicine Symposium, 40th Annual: #KPFamMed
Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, 4th: #ruralhealthsymp
Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) Regional Meeting: #SIIMboston
Stanford Medicine X 2014: #MedX
Trauma Education: The Next Generation 2014: #TETNG14
World Congress on Cancers of the Skin: #WCCS2014

How do I find these? Partly from my Twitter stream, partly from searching, but mostly from the Symplur list.

Symplur: Healthcare Hashtag Project: Conferences: http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/conferences/

What was probably the largest Twitter presence from a healthcare conference happened earlier this summer with the International AIDS Conference, #AIDS2014, which had almost 15,000 tweets the first day. Part of what caused the spike was the loss of so many AIDS researchers in the MH17 crash in the Ukraine as presenters tried to get to the conference. This isn’t just an idea I had, but something you can see in the tweets and their analysis. Symplur doesn’t simply serve as a tool to discover hashtags and tweets, but also provides metrics and comparisons. Here are some Twitter metrics from the AIDS2014 hashtag (you may need to click through to see the images).

Something that also happens on Twitter with conference hashtags are people planning to attend events, making arrangements to meet, promoting a presentation they hope will attract an audience, building up awareness and marketing. Sometimes you also get comments like this one about what NOT to do for using social media or the web for your event.

Oops. A BIG oops! Symplur has guidelines for Twitter hashtags that would make life difficult if the Big Data Science in Medicine folk try to use the URL as their hashtag, since it would probably not be allowed to be registered for archiving. It would probably also attract a lot of “unintended” and off-topic tweets.

The big healthcare conference on Twitter right now is the European Society of Cardiology, still going on today, with over 21,000 tweets and over 93 million impressions (so far). Here are just a few highlights from ESCCongress.


First posted at THL Blog: http://thlibrary.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/conferences-on-twitter-aids-cardiology-hashtags-of-the-week-hotw-week-of-september-1-2014/

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