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So, it seems I am now really "connected."

I have entered the world of Twitter, and I may not return. I have resisted for many years becoming entwined in what truly seemed like a complete waste of time. Why in the world would anyone want to hear from others 24x7x365. What is so important anyway? Twitter, it seems is THE WAY that news travels now. People post information on twitter long before it gets to the news outlets; in fact, journalists keep track of the minute-by-minute changing "trends" in what folks are tweeting about, as this information tends to come directly from those who are affected.

When I started blogging, I wasn't really sure how I would get ideas, or more precisely, how I would turn ideas into meaningful information my readers could use. I have tended to utilize some mailing lists I am on to keep me abreast of major issues related to child health care and other topics parents and healthcare providers might be interested in.

These newsletters collate information every 24 hours, and send the news by email. Once I see something I believe would make a good subject for the blog, I access the original source (journal article, newspaper publication, other source) and provide both the original information and my perspective on it for your reading pleasure. However, with Twitter now at my service, I can receive instantaneous updates from a gazillion different sources-be they medical, social, political or other, and I can pass them on to my "followers" immediately, choosing some to investigate in more detail and write about here on the blog.

I am hoping that by adding Twitter, my relationship with you will become more interactive.

I can Tweet from my blackberry, and therefore don't have to wait to be seated at my desktop, which is where I usally am when I write the blog. I am hoping that I can provide more up-to-date information, but also more actively respond to what you want to read, and share a bit of personal stuff as well, 140 characters at a time. Do let me know what you think about all this, and if you are so inclined, I would love for you to "follow me" on Twitter @CloseToHomeMD.

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About Dr. Ackerman

Alice Ackerman, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Carilion Clinic and Professor and Founding Chair of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman is recognized nationally as an expert in pediatric critical care.

She has been at Carilion Clinic since June of 2007. Her primary goals are to enhance the health care of children in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia, and is actively working to do this both as physician in chief of the children's hospital, as well as through involvement with many state-wide initiatives.

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Roanoke Times Medical blog
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