Urology Practice, July, 2017, Vol.4(4), p.349
To access, purchase, authenticate, or subscribe to the full-text of this article, please visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.urpr.2016.07.011 Byline: Hendrik Borgmann [email@example.com] (a,*), Matthew S. Katz (b), James Catto (c), Christopher Weight (d), Alexander Kutikov (e) Key Words social support; social media; urology; blogging; health communication Abstract Introduction The social media microblogging service Twitter is gaining popularity in the field of urology as a fast and effective communication platform. We assessed volume, subject matter, influencers and content of urology related discussions on the Twitter platform using the recently proposed Urology Tag Ontology hashtag list. Methods We queried the Symplur Signals database for tweet activity during a 1-year period. We used the Urology Tag Ontology hashtag list, comprised of 45 disease related hashtags in 9 urological subspecialties, to assess activity (numbers of tweets, users and impressions), users (geolocation, influencers) and content (words, tweet enhancements) of urology related Twitter traffic. Results Twitter activity during the study period included 334,642 tweets by 104,166 users with 1,397,107,305 impressions. Tweet activity varied among urological subspecialties and was largely dominated by urological oncology topics driven by #ProstateCancer. Users came from 224 countries and from all continents around the globe. Health care organizations accounted for the largest proportion of influencers (44%), followed by other individuals (22%) and physicians (13%). The top words were "prevent" (used 20,955 times), "cancer" (19,610), "follow" (19,169), "men" (19,165) and "condom" (18,425). The median (range) number of shares was 2,200 (1,414-8,854) for the top 10 links, 2,123 (1,878-2,737) for the top 10 retweets and 207 (12-438) for the top 10 photos. Conclusions Twitter activity in the field of urology can be assessed using a standardized list of social media communication descriptors. The value of the Twitter communication platform is underscored by the large number of tweets and impressions in the urology space. Abbreviation and Acronym UTO, Urology Tag Ontology Author Affiliation: (a) Department of Urology, University Hospital Mainz, Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany (b) Department of Radiation Medicine, Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, Massachusetts (c) Academic Urology Unit, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom (d) Department of Urology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (e) Division of Urologic Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania * Correspondence: Department of Urology, University Hospital Mainz, Langenbeckstr. 1, 55131 Mainz, Germany (telephone: +49 176 61502875; FAX: +49 69 6301 81137). Article History: Accepted 12 April 2016 (footnote) No direct or indirect commercial incentive associated with publishing this article. (footnote) The corresponding author certifies that, when applicable, a statement(s) has been included in the manuscript documenting institutional review board, ethics committee or ethical review board study approval; principles of Helsinki Declaration were followed in lieu of formal ethics committee approval; institutional animal care and use committee approval; all human subjects provided written informed consent with guarantees of confidentiality; IRB approved protocol number; animal approved project number.
Social Support -- Analysis ; Urology -- Research