“Microblogging is a broadcast medium that exists in the form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregated file size. Microblogs “allow users to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, individual images, or video links”. These small messages are sometimes called micro posts”.
Microblogging was introduced less than a decade ago. But now it is being extensively used in different walks of life. Five reasons to use microblogging for health could be:
Micro blogging is a tool utilized by health agencies to spread health related news quickly and out to a large audience, like disease out breaks. For example, twitter allows short, 140 character, tweets to be sent out. These tweets can be seen by anyone with a twitter account. They are easily accessible, easy to skim through (being short) and understand.
It can be used as a great resource to get information about health matters. A large number of health organizations tweet daily and post links that can be used as a resource, coming from an agency or organization that you trust. It increases the validity of information.
3-One stop shop:
Micro blogging, e.g. twitter, can be considered a one-stop shop, since a large number of trusted sources are present at one place and this saves the hassle of visiting each source individually.
4-Gets feedback quickly:
Micro blogging can be used to get feedback on health related questions quickly and from a wide group of people at one place, instead of trying to look up and reach out to them individually.
A good resource of sharing links to important health related articles or publications quickly with friends and followers.
These are just a few reasons why microblogging should be used for health. There are lists and lists of reasons out there justifying the role of microblogging for health purposes! Now it is up to the audience to explore and decide for themselves if they want to use this resource for health and they are comfortable in relying on the wealth of information available out there!