What is the profile of French doctors on Twitter? You have to find them first ! This appeared to be a good subject for one of the posters we would present at our own conference ;-) Doctors 2.0 & You 2012, in view of the existence of two lists totaling 200 French-speaking doctors curated by Henri Gracies. This blogpost includes the resulting work: a traditional scientific poster and an infography. The project was shared by Denise Silber @health20paris, Mathilde Holard, and Henri Gracies @meditwitt.
The infography is below in turquoise.
Note: the analysis, based on data collected in March, April 2012) was limited by the anonymity of the physicians and the ensuing lack of data.
1. Approximately one half of the list could be identified as working in France. (109/200).
2. Of those, 50% use a pseudonym and ensure that the reader cannot identify them.
3. Also of note, physicians tweet regarding subjects other than medicine in about half of the tweets that they emit.
4. A distinguishing factor was the fact of being male or female.
a) Those we could identify as male physicians had been on Twitter for a longer period than those identifiable as women.
b) Males also had more followers than the female physicians.
c) Women had a greater tendency to use a pseudonym than men.
d) Few of these Twitter physicians could be identified on Facebook, despite the high presence of the French population on Facebook, given the physicians' anonymity: 29% of our male Twitter physicians and 19% of females could be identified on Facebook.