When Being Social Becomes Your Agenda

EMS1This episode of the podcast Jim, Josh and Dave talk about social media. Specifically how popular EMS educators, magazine contributors and leaders post political and left or right leaning discussions on social media.

Do these postings reflect the opinions of the magazines and websites they represent? Should they keep their opinions more in the middle and not allow their personal opinions to bleed together with social media and the organizations they are on?
Many EMS providers get fired or suspended for their private social media comments. Then EMS magazines and websites comment and report on these firings. Doesn’t the same standard hold true?

Take a listen to this passionate episode and leave your thoughts below. Be sure to share and Like on your favorite social media platform.

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Getting Refusals, Cameras and Perception

ems paramedic questionsIn this EMS Office Hours reboot we discussed if being an EMT really is the worst job, how someone’s camera may not put you in the best light and Tim Noonan joined us as we talked about refusals, hypoxia and true patient awareness.

Be sure to leave your comments below and share your thoughts on these topics.

 

Another Social Media Eye Opener

Facebook EMSYou know, sometimes all this social media stuff can be a hassle. I like posting, tweeting, blogging and the rest. But occasionally I get sick of the anonymous opinions the sharing of pictures, political banter and “I need 1 million likes to quit smoking” nonsense.

Still social media has once again proven useful and while I am sure there are many ways it was useful during the Boston Marathon Bombing this past week. For me it was useful in a personal way. I have met many people in EMS through social media and have continued that relationship via phone and at conferences (at least those that mother nature lets me get to). Two of these connections are Greg Friese and Carissa Caramanis O’Brien.

When I first turned on the TV and saw what was happening I immediately went to FaceBook and Twitter to see if they were OK. Greg was running in the marathon and Carissa lives in Boston. To my relief there were postings from them both that they were OK. Several actually, many of my other social media connections where way ahead of me and were posting inquires to their safety not only on their personal pages but also on fan pages as well. All in an effort to gain knowledge of their well being.

I was relieved to know they were alright and also sat back a moment and realized how useful Facebook can be. I think about the days when it was much harder to get information like this. I remember 9/11 when I was at ground zero and people I knew could not find out how I was. I remember my brother who worked in the area and fellow responders and how none of us knew if we were safe injured or trapped.

Having social media and a wide net of people who can reach out, pass the word on and give information allowed media like Facebook and Twitter to show that they are indeed more than kitten videos, one sided political rants and meme pictures.

That they are more than methods to show an out of control paramedic or racist EMT. That they can show EMS and responders do much more than that. That most if us do just what all the pictures, videos and news reports have shown the past week. Running toward the dangers, stepping into situations others cannot and asking for nothing in return.

Kudos to the Boston EMS professionals, firefighters and law enforcement for a great job done by all. While you can’t believe everything you see on Facebook. The pictures and videos from this event tell no lies.

Tonight 4/21/13 on the live podcast we will be discussing the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Texas explosion and other related topics. Join us at 7PM EST to chat live or even call in toll free

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/emss/2013/04/21/ems-situational-awareness-vs-the-situation

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Social Media Oopsies In EMS

299-Purple-256This was a special video Google + Hangout of Office Hours. A first for me and co-host Josh Knapp from wantynu.com. We talk about the growing issues with social media and EMS providers being fired and put in the public spotlight for videos, Facebook posts and tweets. Some deserving and others maybe not so much.

What do you think? Is social media and your work as an EMS provider off limits or should you be able to have  your freedom of speech no matter what it is?


Watch the video of this episode over on Youtube at http://youtu.be/cAbu7tQLSFo



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EMS Rapid Fire Show | September Edition

Time again for another monthly Rapid Fire episode where we will discuss popular EMS articles and topics in the news, on the blogs and general webosphere. Now I didn’t get to all the topics I wanted but we did have a lively talk about being called an ambulance driver, uniforms, perception <– yes again, and being vocal about your EMS system.


Show notes

Thanks to Tim Noonan, Bob Sullivan, Josh Knapp and John Broyles for joining me on the call.

Thanks to all who took part in the live chat as well, you made great points that kept the show going.

Check out the articles below we mentioned during the show

http://www.jems.com/video/news/paramedic-and-vocal-critic-resigns-detro

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Helping EMS Through Social Media

On last nights live EMS Office Hours podcast, we talked about perception in EMS, the media and why we can’t seem to master our destiny in the public eye like Fire or Police. One thing that was mentioned is using social media like Facebook or Twitter to make small individual changes in this perception and bringing positive messages through these outlets. Take a listen to these Monday Minutes and see if you can get on board with these ideas.



The recorded podcast will be posted on Wednesday 2/01/12

EMS Twitter Resource

As someone who Tweets, I am always trying to get my friends and family to sign up and get a Twitter account. Often it is resisted as a waste of their time. Statements like “Who wants know what I had for lunch?” or “My life isn’t that interesting for me to be tweeting” are given as excuses for not being a part of this popular social media venue. The funny thing is that many who have said that end up joining Twitter anyway.

One main problem that people find themselves in, is that they just don’t know what to tweet, they draw a blank trying to fill up that 140 character space. Popular news is always great to share, especially if you are the first in your following to tweet it. But it can be hard to find the popular goings on via the web and what people i.e. your followers might find interesting.

In the EMS world, it’s no different. Finding interesting topics to tweet and giving your followers a reason to keep following you can be a constant challenge. For basic informational Tweeting you can use sites like StuffToTweet.com but what about for EMS?

Well, there is a brand new resource just for you EMS tweeters out there called EMSTweetables.com. This is a great place to get the hot topics in EMS from news, blogs, podcasts, videos and even product reviews. There is even an included popular WWW section for general interesting news and popular trends. 

So the next time you are having a hard time finding something to tweet or just want  to see what is going on in EMS, be sure to visit this resource.

Take a look now at EMSTweetables.com click here.

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