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Thunderclap on Thursday re TEDX Bristol

Discussion in 'Advocacy' started by RuthT, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. RuthT

    RuthT Established Member

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    Not sure is this is the right place to Post, but a thunderclap in support of OMF research is being organised to coincide with & #TEDX Bristol on Thursday. Tweeted by among others Anil Van Der Zee.
     
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    BurnA Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Neither do I, its very weird.
    Why not - I support Good Science ? That would be sufficent.
     
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  4. Estherbot

    Estherbot Established Member (Voting Rights)

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    If you are on Twitter you can use the hashtags #tedXbristol #daretodisrupt on Thursday. EC's talk begins at 12.40pm

    You can write Tweets in advance using apps like Buffer specifying a particular time.
     
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  5. RuthT

    RuthT Established Member

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    When the TEDX talk by Esther Crawley was announced on Twitter, Jen Brea suggested to ignore. I thought would be good to be v active at the time of the talk, but with a strong, accurate & positive message re science. Jen suggested the messages include #TedxBristol so there are lots of good, strong messages on that thread to counterbalance narrative about MECFS and aggressively hostile patient groups. So I think the thunderclap idea may have come from or from a similar thought process to that suggestion.
     
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  6. RuthT

    RuthT Established Member

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    BTW probably my incompetence as is first thread I’ve started, but wonder why it’s not showing in new posts/threads? Something about the location?
     
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    Andy Administrator Staff Member

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    Every time there is a reply, the thread will reappear as there has been a new post. :)
     
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    markiemark Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    A thunderclap? At least it wasn't a lightning strike! :rofl:

    edit: I also could of gone with "There's always thunder after lightning". But I'm not going to continue trying to force out terrible puns lol.
     
  9. RuthT

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    sorry, autocorrect changed ‘not showing’ to ‘now showing’ - opposite meaning which I have now corrected.

    Ie it doesn’t seem to show up in new thread zone ....
     
  10. Joan

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    I completely agree. I don't think it's a good idea to use a Thunderclap re one research source in this way. Supporting good science from whatever source is what should be said. This will be a missed opportunity
     
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  11. RuthT

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    That’s well worth a tweet Thursday lunchtime, so can be RT. Suspect a few will be busy messaging on social media one way or another.
     
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    Valentijn Moderator Staff Member

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    The only likely effect of inserting an ad for a specific research project is that it will make the objection to Crawley's talk look like it has no real basis. If anything, that sort of "campaign" will support Crawley's claims about irrational extremists attacking her because they hate her psychiatric explanations, instead of it being about educated patients and academics objecting to bad science.

    I understand the need of some research teams to advertise for funding, but it's abhorrent to do that at the expense of undercutting real advocacy efforts.
     
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    Adrian Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I think I need to ask. What is a thunderclap - I've seen the term used a few times and always wondered.
     
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    Coordinated simultaneous posts on social media, typically incorporating at least one hashtag, in part as an attempt to appear in Trending Topics (or similar) lists, so as to bring more visibility to issues that might otherwise be drowned out by the mass postings about Celebrity-Love-Bake-Dancing-Talent Island.
     
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    I had this issue too! The idea is that lots of people sign up in advance, then all those tweets are sent at a particular time, to show significant support/communicate message in that moment & maybe also trend if enough people sign up. A kind of mass tweetathon to make a point. Hence timing to coincide w BristolTedX talk.
     
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