Why you shouldn't close your blog and Twitter account

A few months ago, @Doctor_V and an anonymous doctor on Twitter had an argument, she closed her account and now DrV's blog is the only one left to tell the story: http://goo.gl/mIS3N

I understand and appreciate the arguments of both parties. However, when she deleted her Twitter account, we lost one side of the story forever.

All doctors should consider having online presence because they need to tell their side of the story.

For example, if the majority of pediatricians had blogs, the false autism/immunization link would not have become accepted by celebrities and misled a large part of the general public.

Comments from Google Plus:

Arin Basu: Excellent point by Ves about how false findings spread (read the bit about immunization and autism). I think by the same stretch of logic, I'd strongly vouch for clinician-epidemiologists, and epidemiologists should have their own blogs, and take part in social media more often and raise awareness about findings and interpretation of studies. Well said, Ves.

Related reading:

Why blog? Notes from Dr. RW. A perfectly reasonable list. All doctors should consider blogging. It's do-it-yourself CME.

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