One of the many cool things about twitter is that once in a while, you find a really cool link. Our pal Dave Tran, who is in the last few weeks of Medical School (aka @rollkicksoul), posted some interesting data about the #FMRevolution hashtag.
In the above graph, you see that the first posts of #FMRevolution were just about 3 years ago in 2011. And then, in that time, there have been as much as 4,000 tweets with the hashtag. I gotta tell ya, it looks really cool when the data points are graphed out like this.
Those high points in the graph area associated with conferences with many #FMRevolution people including the AAFP Congress of Delegates (every fall; hashtag #aafpCOD) and the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies (every spring; hashtag #aafpNCSC and #aafpALF). I would presume that for other advocacy groups, peak times on twitter are conferences were many advocates attend.
So "Why Will #FMRevolution Explode Next Week?" Well, the reason is that the 2014 AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies start next week. If I had to guess, this will be the biggest gathering of the #FMRevolution so far in 2014. My bold prediction will be a record number above 5000 #FMRevolution tweets during the course of the meeting next week.
The other interesting #FMRevolution graphic from Symplur is above which shows those who are leaders in "Mentions," "Tweets," and "Impressions." Now, don't get me wrong, we're all on the same team, so the leaders - to me - are not too concerning.
What I'm really impressed with is the statistic of 106 million impressions on twitter in the past 3 years. There have also been 42,790 tweets during that time from 3,834 participants. Those statistics are amazing to me.
It has been very gratifying to watch the community grow in the past couple of years. As I meet Family Physicians at meeting, as I give social media talks around the country, I tell people the #FMRevolution story. The community grows one person at a time by telling our story of why we love Family Medicine and why we love social media to tell that story. Look out Kansas City, the #FMRevolution returns next week!