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February 08, 2009

Twitter, Blogs, and LASIK

According to Wikipedia:

 "Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.  By September 2008, Twitter had well over 5 million visitors."

My name on Twitter is TheLASIKDoc.  I currently have 1,457 people following me and rank 6,907 out of 1,214,759 people on Twitter Grader. I use Twitter to engage in conversations with people who are discussing LASIK.  I might send the information on how to find a LASIK surgeon, encourage a LASIK patient to donate their old glasses to a charity, conduct a poll about LASIK, refer a potential LASIK patient to LASIK testimonials, promote EyeCare 20/20's fan page on Facebook, or just answer people's questions about LASIK.  

Twitter is full of conversations discussing LASIK.  Some people are inquiring about the procedure while others are raving about their results.  Jimmy Fallon even  tweeted his LASIK surgery online.

LASIKExpert touts a web site that encourages others to post their testimonials on  LASIKTestimonials.com. Someone even posted a feed to their LASIK surgery, grossing out half of the Twitter universe.  I had to reassure people that the surgery looks much worse than it is, "no pain and excellent vision."

One of the few images in which I'm bespectacled.

Several people have used Twitter to post their LASIK experiences.  Annelise Johnsen, from Bergen, Norway has an excellent blog that chronicles her LASIK experience.  Pew Pew!- Life After LASIK is a wonderful description of her LASIK is six parts. 

My Eye with Radial Blur

James Booth is a 4th year med student from Texas.  He Tweeted about his blog post, Zap! Zap! I got LASIK!, which is an entertaining account of his LASIK surgery.

twevee is new service that allows Twitters to recommend videos on Twitter.  Someone recently recommended a video titled "You want LASIK Surgery?".  This video is one of a series of videos from Something to Do.  This episode involves host Anna Yu's search for LASIK surgery.  I found it informative, entertaining, and well done.

Twitter is an excellent place to engage the blogosphere in topics that are of interest to you.  I highly recommend it.  If you decide to join, don't forget to follow The LASIKDoc!!


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