In order to convince attendees to sign-up for twitter, we will be posting interviews with some of the most notable leaders in the field about one simple question: “Why should we use twitter?” Who better to start the conversation than a true “genius” - Diane E. Meier, MD – the MacArthur “genius grant” awardee, palliative care leader/guru, and geriatrician.
Widera: In your opinion, why should we get on twitter and what good could we do on twitter?
Meier: Twitter is an effective means of improving the general palliative care literacy of a very large audience- what is it and why should we care? In addition, I use it to try to improve the policy literacy of the palliative care choir so as to strengthen our field's leadership during this time of incredible disruption and opportunity.
Widera: Do you use twitter during national meetings? If so, how and why?
Meier: I use twitter during national meetings to extract concise concepts, to create buzz and attention for palliative care to a broad audience and attention to new perspectives for the choir - palliative care clinicians and leaders.
Widera: How do you find the time to read and respond to all those tweets?
Meier: I tweet and retweet when I see something or think of something worthy of dissemination in the contexts above, and I read my twitter feed for probably less than 5 minutes a day, while waiting for the subway or the elevator. I follow #palliative, #hpm, #geriatrics, @geripalblog, a lot of political and policy folks, and occasional others (like Ruth Reichl who writes beautiful haiku-like tweets)
Widera: Any tips for someone new to twitter?
Meier: Just tune in and scroll some people you know whose opinion you value - they will lead you to other people to follow. It takes literally 2 minutes to get in twitter.
Editors Note: If you want to learn more about how to use twitter check out the AGS guide that can be downloaded for free here.