Tweet me: conferencing in the era of COVID-19 and 280 characters

Stevens, K., Melilli, E., Diniz, H., Gillis, K. , Guerrot, D., Montero, N., Soler, M. J. and Desai, T. (2021) Tweet me: conferencing in the era of COVID-19 and 280 characters. Clinical Kidney Journal, 14(10), pp. 2142-2150. (doi: 10.1093/ckj/sfab075) (PMID:34603691) (PMCID:PMC8083586)

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Abstract

The ERA-EDTA Social Media team (SoMeT) provides twitter coverage of the annual congress. During the COVID-19 pandemic, #ERAEDTA20 was the first major nephrology congress to be delivered virtually. The effect of The SoMeT and the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has not previously been explored. Tweets of the ERA-EDTA congresses 2016-2020, using official hashtags, were evaluated. Metadata of each tweet was collected prospectively; original tweets, retweets and evidence-based tweets were identified. The gender of tweet author and location of twitter activity were established. Network maps were created to ascertain the degree of polarization between the 2019 and 2020 twitter activity, using Gephi 0.9.2. Between 2016 and 2019, the total number of tweets and number of tweet authors increased as did the proportion of female authors (20% vs 27%). In 2019, there were fewer multimedia and evidence based tweets; 8% vs 20% in 2016. Globally, there were fewer nephrology conferences in 2020 and number of tweets per day reduced by 53% from 2019. In 2020, The ERA-EDTA congress saw an increase in authors of 9% and only an 8% reduction in tweets. It was easier to disseminate information, in 2020, measured by increased correlation coefficient (0.14 vs 0.12in 2019). A higher proportion of countries were represented (n = 55 vs n = 48 in 2019) and a higher proportion of tweets came from women. In conclusion, the introduction of SoMeT was associated with increased usage of twitter and ease of information dissemination. Compared with #nephtwitter activity as a whole in 2020, SoMeT has mitigated some of the pandemic deleterious effects in scientific dissemination, relevant to Nephrology.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Congresses, COVID-19, online, social media, Twitter, virtual.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gillis, Dr Keith and Stevens, Dr Kathryn
Authors: Stevens, K., Melilli, E., Diniz, H., Gillis, K., Guerrot, D., Montero, N., Soler, M. J., and Desai, T.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Clinical Kidney Journal
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:2048-8505
ISSN (Online):2048-8513
Published Online:07 April 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Clinical Kidney Journal 14(10): 2142-2150
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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