Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The power of twitterverse – Japan Doctors used Twitter to save people

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Are you a twitterer? Or what I like to call it a twitterbug? Maybe you should start tweeting because one tweet can make a huge difference in the world.

Doctors in Japan used twitter to reach chronically ill patients in the wake of the natural disasters, to tell them where they can receive life saving treatment when phones were down.

Doctors directly tweeted to 60 patients, and their tweets were further retweeted over 100 times. Isn’t twitterverse marvelous!

More and more healthcare workers around the world are using social media to connect with patients – sending out medication and appointment reminders.

This is not the first time twitter has saved lives. A fan tweeted to Demi Moore about ending their life. Demi contacted authorities and luckily they were able to track the person from the tweet and save their life.

Tweets can vary from mundane things like – what someone ate for breakfast. To lifesaving tweets such as the ones the doctors sent out.

I am a twitterbug! I follow a lot of celebrities - even if they tweet about the most dull thing, I find it interesting. Isn’t that ironic? Being a fan, it feels like I’m getting behind the scenes snippets of their life so it does feel kind of cool.

Did you know Japanese is the second most tweeted language in twitterverse? Second to English.

Reference: Reuters, Japan Times

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