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What Twitter, and These EMS Influencers, Mean to Me

The thing I love most about conferences is the unexpected things I learn. Like everyone else, I attend certain sessions on topics I need to know more about, but in-between these official talks there are millions of opportunities (casual conversations) to hear things I never knew I needed to know. To me, this is the greatest value of being with a group of individuals who share some common field of interest. With Twitter I get to hang out “between sessions� all day, every day for as long as I want. I can even go back and review conversations I missed. The result is that the growth and learning never ends. I appreciate the immediacy of learning what worked (or didn’t) for a colleague just this morning. Certainly there are issues with hearing things right away. There are comments that must be filtered or excitement that may be premature. Sometimes we just flat get the news wrong. But I consider myself an adult and a professional and ultimately I am in control of my own personal growth.

The question then, is who do I “hang out� with in these virtual conversations. Just like being at a “real� conference, you can choose to listen to the “disgruntled crowd� who use the venue as an opportunity to vent their frustrations, or you can choose to listen in on the “mentors� who are willing to share their wisdom, opinions and thoughts about progress in the field. In the world of social media, we are all given a level playing field to start. Some people grow their audience (both Following and Followers) with other influencers and a natural attraction gravitates them into groups. Fortunately these affiliations are not necessarily just of like-minded folks, but at least they have a like-interest or like-approach to learning and sharing.

There are many ways to find the people who can become your virtual mentors over time. As you become more adept at using social media, you will refine your own lists. By using a service called Little Bird, I was able short-cut that process and generate a report on the top influencers using the term “EMS�. It is not simply a list of who uses that hashtag the most, but a comparison of who they follow and who follows (and RTs or otherwise engages) them. The list is sensitive to how it is “seeded� and it took me several attempts to get a list that I felt had some meaning. While it has an implied interval hierarchy to it, I wouldn’t get as caught up in individual positions as a larger view of the relative ranking. Adding 100 follows to whatever your list currently contains shouldn’t be a problem for those who are truly engaged. �But if you feel you can only add a portion, start at the top of this list. �Regardless of how you use social media, or Twitter in particular, if you are interested in what is happening in the evolving field of Emergency Medical Services, these are the folks I would suggest you follow.

The Top 100 Influencers of the EMS Topic on Twitter:

1. @gfriese
2. @EMS1
3. @ChroniclesofEMS
4. @STATter911
5. @jemsconnect
6. @setla
7. @FireCritic
8. @theHappyMedic
9. @EMSWorldNews
10. @podmedic
11. @SteveWhitehead
12. @geekymedic
13. @firenation
14. @FireRescue1
15. @FDNY
16. @EMS12Lead
17. @Ckemtp
18. @everydayemstips
19. @EMSEduCast
20. @MedicSBK
21. @romduck
22. @NFPA
23. @FirehouseNews
24. @FireDaily
25. @InsomniacMedic
26. @rescue_monkey
27. @ssgjbroyles
28. @AmboDriver
29. @SamBradley11
30. @UKMedic999
31. @MsParamedic
32. @EMSBlogs
33. @hp_ems
34. @emssafe
35. @LAFDTalk
36. @JEFF_EMT
37. @Jeramedic
38. @hybridmedic
39. @LAFD
40. @TheSecretList
41. @scottthemedic
42. @PenguinEMT
43. @NancyEPerry
44. @zollemsfire
45. @RescueDigest
46. @NJDiveMedic
47. @RVaMedic
48. @EMSUnited
49. @AmbulanceJunkie
50. @FRNtv
51. @chicagomedic
52. @TheRoadDoctor
53. @iParamedic
54. @FireMedic
55. @DispatchDemon
56. @fireengineering
57. @NFFF_News
58. @RichGasaway
59. @EngineMedic
60. @EMSLegacy
61. @NYCEMSwebsite
62. @Paramedicine101
63. @davidkonig
64. @flobach
65. @tbouthillet
66. @jeffmedic
67. @medicTHREE
68. @epijunky
69. @emsgarage
70. @FireBlogger
71. @DiverMedic
72. @imagemedic
73. @ems_products
74. @NorthwestFire
75. @CAL_FIRE
76. @CalFireNews
77. @Emergency_Tweet
78. @FossilMedic
79. @TheFireTracker2
80. @PedroParamedic
81. @Ldn_Ambulance
82. @EMSWeek
83. @BostonFire
84. @Paramedic_Mike
85. @MattTheMedic
86. @uniwiredmedic
87. @JonEMTP
88. @CarissaO
89. @medic61
90. @BobbyHalton
91. @ambulancemandan
92. @Medic_Marshall
93. @garytx
94. @WmRandomWard
95. @NIOSH
96. @sunmedicgirl
97. @MadMedic1
98. @quebecmedic
98. @PhysioControl
99. @chrismedic
100. @BOSTON_EMS

I don’t suggest that these are the only people to follow. There are many more who I had hoped would make this list, or who would likely be added to some version future of it. Don’t be afraid to allow someone else into your own “group�. Just because they are not currently a “Top 100″ doesn’t mean they don’t have something valuable to contribute. Watch for the #FF hashtag on Twitter that denotes suggestions for a traditional “Friday Follow�. Also watch for who adds value to the conversation. This is how you find these new contributors to your group. Also, don’t view your list as ever being “complete�. Make changes often to met your own needs and interests.

 

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Influencing Paramedics on Twitter

I like lists. They are typically neat and definitive. I am sure that my friend @ChecklistMedic would agree that they also help bring order to the chaos that often defines our work in the field. For those of us trying to leverage social media to keep current on EMS thought (or Community Paramedicine or Mobile Integrated Healthcare), Twitter can be a chaotic cacophony of voices. While there is some value in all those voices, my time limits how many I can actively engage each day. Consequently, I look forward to each Friday when my timeline fills with thoughtful suggestions of Friday Follows (#FF). Please note that I said thoughtful suggestions. That certainly does not include the pandering lists of accounts that simply retweeted you this week or include some implied quid pro quo of mentions. So when I heard about a service called Little Bird that creates lists of influential social media accounts, I decided to give it a try. Unlike Klout, that is heavily activity-based and compares all users against all other users for a universal ranking, this new service ranks users based on relationships and topics of discussion.

Not surprisingly, my first list was focused on EMS, but I was surprised to find that many accounts appearing near the top of that list did not actually discuss EMS topics. While they have some involvement in EMS, I was really hoping to discover the accounts that shared ideas and thoughts on the condition and improvement of the field many of us still name as Emergency Medical Services. After some tweaking I created a second version. This list moved several of my own favorite accounts further down the ranking and other unsuspecting accounts appeared. I still hope to get all that worked out, but I decided to switch tactics for the moment and chose the topic as Paramedic instead. This avoided many of the accounts that simply refer to EMS without actually taking part in its development. Paramedics have the vested interest I wanted, but the inconsistency with which we use the term in the United States skewed the results to include a more international flavor. Maybe that isn’t always so bad though. We need to learn from each other and reach outside our comfort zones. So today, this is my #FF list!

The Top 100 Influencers of the Paramedic Topic on Twitter:

1. @jemsconnect
2. @Paramedic_Mike
3. @Chroniclesofems
4. @Ldn_Ambulance
5. @EMS12Lead
6. @paramedic_tutor
7. @EMS1
8. @iParamedic
9. @NYCEMSwebsite
10. @InsomniacMedic
11. @EMSWorldNews
12. @ParamedicComp
13. @gfriese
14. @ParamedicsUK
15. @TorontoEMS
16. @OntParamedic
17. @hp_ems
18. @CdnParamedicine
19. @setla
20. @theHappyMedic
21. @OntarioMedic
22. @EMSBlogs
23. @PAC_Paramedic
24. @scottthemedic
25. @Ornge
26. @podmedic
27. @AmboDriver
28. @flobach
29. @geekymedic
30. @RescueDigest
31. @UKAmbulance
32. @TPAnews
33. @sunmedicgirl
34. @Paradan
35. @jods10503
36. @LDNairamb
37. @hemsparamedics
38. @zollemsfire
39. @rescue_monkey
40. @Sham00911
41. @MedicSBK
42. @Ambulance_news
43. @tbouthillet
44. @romduck
45. @BOSTON_EMS
46. @Pell_Paramedics
47. @NiagaraMedics
48. @JEFF_EMT
49. @EMSEduCast
50. @WeParamedics
51. @UKMedic999
52. @cmedik
53. @AmbulanceJunkie
54. @911_redhead
55. @OAPC2014
56. @TEMATrust
57. @WpgParamedics
58. @CPBSOfficial
59. @OFFICALWMAS
60. @PenguinEMT
61. @unwiredmedic
62. @SteveWhitehead
63. @stjohnambulance
64. @diagnosisLOB
65. @SendAParamedic
66. @Ambulanceman1
67. @MsParamedic
68. @gfriese
69. @TheBHF
70. @ParaPractice
71. @NancyEPerry
72. @MattTheMedic
73. @ParaACP
74. @gregmedic1
75. @NWAmbulance
76. @PedroParamedic
77. @IrishParamedic_
78. @hybridmedic
79. @clchjan31
80. @ssgjbroyles
81. @NiagaraEMS
82. @SamBradley11
83. @chicagomedic
84. @paramedicpaul
85. @ChiefDiMonte
86. @North_IndMedics
87. @FossilMedic
88. @Ckemtp
89. @ParamedicAssoc
90. @EMS_Louisa
91. @K9kazoo
92. @PerthCoEMS
93. @Paramedic_Daily
94. @Jeramedic
95. @MedicCat
96. @999flymo
97. @emsgarage
98. @RedCross
99. @Stroppyambo
100. @CAWParamedic

Watch for more lists to come.

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