Emerg Med J doi:10.1136/emermed-2012-202039
  • Original article

The impact of social media on a major international emergency medicine conference

  1. Mike Cadogan5
  1. 1Emergency Department, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2Department of Emergency Medicine, National Children's Research Centre, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 3Emergency Department, Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  4. 4Paediatric Emergency Research Unit (PERU), Department of Emergency Medicine, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland
  5. 5Department of Emergency Medicine, Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Neill, Emergency Department, St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4, Ireland; andyneill81{at}
  • Received 4 October 2012
  • Revised 10 December 2012
  • Accepted 3 February 2013
  • Published Online First 19 February 2013


Objective To report on the presence and use of social media by speakers and attendees at the International Conference on Emergency Medicine (ICEM) 2012, and describe the increasing use of online technologies such as Twitter and podcasts in publicising conferences and sharing research findings, and for clinical teaching.

Methods Speakers were identified through the organising committee and a database constructed using the internet to determine the presence and activity of speakers on social media platforms. We also examined the use of Twitter by attendees and non-attendees using an online archiving system. Researchers tracked and reviewed every tweet produced with the hashtag #ICEM2012. Tweets were then reviewed and classified by three separate authors into different categories.

Results Of the 212 speakers at ICEM 2012, 41.5% had a LinkedIn account and 15.6% were on Twitter. Less than 1% were active on Google+ and less than 10% had an active website or blog. There were over 4500 tweets about ICEM 2012. Over 400 people produced tweets about the conference, yet only 34% were physically present at the conference. Of the original tweets produced, 74.4% were directly related to the clinical and research material of the conference.

Conclusions ICEM 2012 was the most tweeted emergency medicine conference on record. Tweeting by participants was common; a large number of original tweets regarding clinical material at the conference were produced. There was also a large virtual participation in the conference as multiple people not attending the conference discussed the material on Twitter.

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