Misunderstanding Social Media – “Twitter is nonsense and a 5 second ego boost”

Posted on October 4, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’m currently attending the AHIMA conference. It’s my first time here and I’ve been quite pleased with the vendors that I’ve had a chance to meet. It’s been a really great event for me from that end. I have gotten a lot of interesting ideas and content about where the EHR and healthcare IT industry is moving.

Outside of other meetings that I have, I dropped into a social media session that they were having today. While the presenter spoke about a rather broad definition of social media, I was really taken back when he made the following comment about Twitter (which I had to tweet):

You can imagine the reaction from those that are part of #HITsm. I followed up with this tweet which better clarifies my view of what was said:

What a disservice to AHIMA to basically scare them out of using social media as opposed to talking about the benefits and how to manage the risks.

UPDATE: I was just reading this headline again and I’m still a bit shocked that he used these words. The “5 Second ego boost” part was particularly interesting for me. Anyone that’s put themselves out there on Twitter realizes that Twitter does little for your ego. It’s much better at tearing down egos than boosting them up. At least in many cases. It’s like readers of a blog. They are sure to keep you honest.