(1) WHY this site?
I think this site is very interesting because it focuses on health care policy issues and current activities surrounding health care reform.
(2) Screen shot
(3) Data on tweets
Date data downloaded : 7/31/09
Industry sector : Health Care
Twitter ID : @HealthCaucus
Followers : 1,509
Following : 225
Ratio followers/following : 6.7
Number posts : 422
Account created : date
First post : 3/2009
Bio:Official Twitter of the Congressional Health Care Caucus; Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D., Chairman (@michaelcburgess) . Edited by @ericwilson
Org Blog : http://health.burgess.house.gov/Blog/
Org website home : http://healthcaucus.org/
HealthCare Caucus is using Twitter to distribute information, facilitate communication and to promote health care policy issues chaired by Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. who represents the 26th District of Texas. The company Tweets information about health care policy and bill activity to their followers.
Background: The background is a customized graphic header incorporating the CHCC logo along with the title “Health Care Caucus”. Score A
CHCC uses their logo as their Avatar. Score A
(A.3) Bio-The bio mentions the organizations name and Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. Score B
(A.4) Transparency-CHCC clearly identifies that @ericwilson is the editor of the Twitter account. Score A
(A.5) Bio Link-the bio link takes you to the Health Care Caucus site. The site offers the statement below along with video, links to blogs,podcasts, Twitter, RSS and U-Tube. Score B
Welcome to the Congressional Health Care Caucus website. The Health Caucus is committed to advancing reforms that reduce costs, increase patient control, expand choice, and promote cures.
B. Tweets: Score B
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(B.6) Narrative summary
This is a good example of a Twitter site that uses hashtags to categorize the different events regarding health care reform. There is also allot of conversations taking place on the site as well.
(C.1) Questions unearthed during analysis:
Q. How many other people are members of the Health Care Caucus?
A. Membership in the Caucus is open to all Members of the House Republican Conference and their staff.
Q.How many of the members participate on the Twitter site?
A. The site is primarily used by the committee chair Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. who represents the 26th District of Texas.
(C.2) Suggestions for improvement
Perhaps adding some re-tweets could add to the discussion taking place nationally on health care reform.
D. Analytic Services
This appears to be an effective use of Twitter, for Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D to communicate to his followers work being done on health care reform.