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:
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).
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.