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July 15, 2015

Using Social Media to Enhance Research

By suzannerferguson

With millions of people using social media today, information and news can spread within an instant. Social media is also a great way for people to stay connected or to find others with similar interests or hobbies.

We know just how important social media can be for our work on HLHS, and we are always looking for new ways to improve. Last week three members of our HLHS Social Media Team attended a social media conference in San Francisco to better understand how to use social media in the research field. While social media is extremely useful in allowing people to communicate with each other, using it in the research field is a bit trickier. Creating 140 character tweets on the current and future state of stem cell research can easily become complicated with such a restricted space. Waiting for a research paper to be published before a blog post can be posted can seem like forever and finding unique pictures to enhance the social media post can seem like a daunting task.

Nevertheless, we are committed to informing the CHD community on the work we are doing here at the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. And, as we continue to improve, we are also using new tools to communicate our message. Stay tuned for our new HLHS Facebook page.

In case you missed our pictures on Twitter, here we are at the conference.

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Tags: conference, HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Mayo Clinic, research, Social Media, social media, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

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