Why We Need Medical Twitter Awards

I make the case for Medical Twitter Awards below and answer a question by Nick Genes, the founder of Grand Rounds and a Medgadget editor.

It is all posted on Twitter (of course) in a reverse chronological order. Please start reading from the bottom to the top in order to make sense of the post:

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes Twitter is not that different from blogging anyway (micro-blog vs blog) - just shorter, easier and more personal.

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes @blogborygmi "should Twitter awards be a series of tweets" - Hosting on a blog is fine and probably should be part of the blog award process

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes @blogborygmi ""should Twitter awards be a series of tweets" - FriendFeed interface looks better but you don't host Twitter Awards on FF :)

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes @blogborygmi "should the Twitter awards be a series of tweets" -Twitter structure is not suitable for that, although #MedTwitter can be used

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes Now back to the original idea -- let's start Medical Twitter Awards 2008 or 2009.

blogborygmi
blogborygmi @AllergyNotes Medgadget's blog awards is hosted by a blog... should the Twitter awards be a series of tweets?

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes I don't expect to win in any of the categories, competing with WSJ, NYU Dept of Med, and Harvard CIO, but I'm honored to be on the list :)

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes By the way, thank you for nominating CasesBlog and selecting it as finalist in 3 categories. Never expected that: http://tinyurl.com/9nt9hp

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes Twitter medical awards are a natural extension of the medical blog awards here: http://tinyurl.com/9nt9hp

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes Medgadget is doing a good job ensuring the integrity of the award process and probably should be the ones involved in the Twitter awards.

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes Medgadget's focus on blogs is fine but they are missing a huge part of the picture if they don't include Twitter in the future editions.

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes Twitter is easy. Many doctors/students/nurses, etc. don't have time, desire or discipline to blog but are happy micro-bloggers on Twitter.

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes Medical tweets have rapidly become even more established than bloggers. Blogs are tough to maintain, require time and are prone to "dying"

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes Medgadget Annual Medical Weblog Awards is an excellent initiative, now we need the same for Twitter.


References:
The 2008 Medical Weblog Awards Finalists. Medgadget.
The Best Medical Blogs of 2005 on Medgadget.com
2006 Medical Weblog Awards: Polls Are Open
Nominate Best Medical Blogs of 2006
2007 Medical Weblog Awards: Polls Are Open
Image sources: Medgadget and Twitter.

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