Social Media And Public Health Communication (no formatting)
Social Media and
Online Communities &
Give people information (ASAP)
Allow others to comment and participate
◦ Share photos and video
◦ Link to other experts and sources
Dispel rumors and misinformation
Monitor (your own news and other breaking news)
Comprehensive (multiple online accounts)
Compile credible sources
• Ning site (create your own network)
• Web site and/or blog
• Photo (Flickr)
• Video (YouTube, Seesmic)
• Applications (badges and widgets)
What are you going to use & what
already exists? (your inventory)
Let people know you’re there
• Build up your community (start now)
– Send an email announcement
– Reach out to people from your account(s)
• Include social media sites in your email
signature, print materials, Web site, etc
Let people know what you’re going to
• Is this just for breaking health news?
• Are you going to interact with people?
• Is more than one person going to update the
• Will there be updates 24/7/365?
• What is your voice/brand?
• Is more than one account on each network
appropriate (see upcoming example)?
Twitter is a service for people to communicate and
stay connected through the exchange of quick,
frequent messages. These messages are posted to
your profile or your blog, sent to your followers, and
are searchable on Twitter search.
Twitter lets users engage in conversations with other
users in 140 characters or less.
Tweet Posting a message to Twitter
@ + name The command which allows tweets to be sent;
proceeds username (i.e. @journchat)
Retweet (RT) Sharing someone else’s information and giving
them credit (RT @name message…)
Following You choose to receive someone's updates
Followers People who choose to receive your updates
Direct Message (DM) Private message sent between two people
Block Preventing someone from reading your updates
Favorites A public area to save your favorite tweets
Fail Whale When too many people are tweeting!
Hashtag The # next to a word allows for conversation
Tweetup A face-to-face gathering of those who tweet
• Create a fan page
• Post and allow others to share links, information,
• Monitor for those interacting on your page
• Send messages to a targeted audience
• In an emergency you can update your status and
send a message to the group
• You MUST monitor this page (and think about
how you want to interact)
SickCity.org: Real-time disease
detection by city
To do’s for your Web site
• Running Twitter feeds (yours + CDC)
• Links to your online profiles
• Email alerts
• RSS feeds
• Show where people can go for additional
• Link to other credible sources of information
To do’s for you
• Set up Google alerts
• Monitor http://search.twitter.com and
• Identify who is in charge of your social media
• Talk about your strategy and plan for social
• Once you join in, you’re expected to
Conserve Space and Track: Shorten your URLs
• 3rd Party Applications
• Streamline updates = Ping.fm
• Blackberry = Twitterberry
• iTwitter (just launched)
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