Social media practices on Twitter: maximising the impact of cardiac associations

Mark Allen Healthcare
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Journal Article
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 2016, 11 (10), pp. 481 - 487
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Twitter is a social media platform often used by cardiac professional associations to engage and inform their members and the public. However, the effectiveness of the strategy is seldom assessed or published. Aim: This study evaluates the Twitter activities of nine cardiac professional associations. Each organisation's purpose and stakeholders were described individually and classified. Extracted Tweets (n=3920) were content-analysed and metrics were determined. Results: There was alignment between the associations' mission statements and their Twitter activities. However, most Tweets were one-directional, disseminating research-based evidence/professional education materials and communicating association events and activities, as well as using hashtags to enable searching. Conclusion: Social media communication by cardiac professional associations through Tweets is an important activity; however, at present, the use of dialogue and conversations are not fully realised and could be used more strategically.
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