This morning just before I stepped onto the main stage to start a short talk before a group of people, I realized I have a habit: a tweet twitch. I was literally glued to by BlackBerry tweeting the process, re-tweeting what I found interesting, oh, you know, the regular twitter mode. Then all of a sudden, as I placed the phone in my right jacket pocket just before my queue, it hit me: I’m not alone.
The night before, I had watched the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy. It caught me by surprise how Chandra Wilson’s character “Miranda Bailey” was tweeting her surgeries live. Speaking with strict fiction, the surgery was being followed by over 3,000 residents around the US. At one point during the episode, they finally saved a patient’s life thanks to one of the followers’ suggestion. Now, like I said, this was strict fiction, but imagine the effects… So I did a little research (as usual) and found that indeed that already exists. Henry Ford Hospital tweets their surgeries on schedule so everyone can stay tuned. Here’s the link http://henryford.com/livesurgeryontwitter
Thanks to that, not only can collective medical education can take place but also the more minds that are wrapped up in a case, the higher the chances for that particular patient to come out great. It doesn’t stop there. Traffic jams/accidents, emergencies, events, anything goes! Just this past Sunday the highest trending hash-tag was of course the Superbowl. http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20110209/you-people-were-totally-twittering-during-the-super-bowl/?mod=ATD_rss
Talk about crowd sourcing! May be after all one of my friends was somewhat wrong when she mentioned that technology brings people closer when they are far apart physically but further away when they are next to each other. Potential is seeing the big picture.