In my role as a Red Cross representative, I work with a number of Public Health agencies. At a recent meeting, I mentioned Twitter and stated my opinion — that all public health Public Information Officers should be using Twitter. I got a bunch of blank stares and not because of disagreement or boredom but because out of about 30 representatives only one or two had any idea what Twitter was.
What follows is both a quick overview of Twitter and my reasons why I believe public health should be using twitter. The information is directed to public health agencies but others may find it useful as well.