Individual Study / El Tantawi et al.; J Med Internet Res. 2018

Cohort Study Examining User Popularity, Communication Pattern, and Network Structure

Cohort Study Examining User Popularity, Communication Pattern, and Network Structure

Initiatives -
This study aimed to identify factors associated with reach in a dental Twitter network (1) initially and (2) sustainably at individual and network levels. Note: All published information has been collected from the article referenced in the Marker Paper box below. Therefore, there may be variations with more advanced versions of the study.
Start Year
2016

Design

Study design
Population cohort

Marker Paper

El Tantawi M, Al-Ansari A, AlSubaie A, Fathy A, Aly NM, Mohamed AS. Reach of Messages in a Dental Twitter Network: Cohort Study Examining User Popularity, Communication Pattern, and Network Structure. J Med Internet Res. 2018;20(9):e10781. Published 2018 Sep 13. doi:10.2196/10781

PUBMED 30213781

Recruitment

Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
359
Number of participants with biosamples

Access

Availability of data and biosamples

Data
Biosamples
Other

Timeline

Population

Participants were included if (1) they were affiliated with the college (dental users) in June 2016 and (2) had an open Twitter account. Lists of participants were obtained from academic affairs. They were contacted, introduced to the study and asked for their Twitter usernames. Consent was not sought from them since their accounts were open ( 58 instructors and 301 students ).
Selection Criteria
Newborns
Twins
Countries
  • Saudi Arabia
Ethnic Origin
Health Status

Recruitment

Sources of recruitment
  • General population

Number of participants

Number of participants
359
Number of participants with biosamples
Data Collection Event
Participants were included if (1) they were affiliated with the college (dental users) in June 2016 and (2) had an open Twitter account. Lists of participants were obtained from academic affairs. They were contacted, introduced to the study and asked for their Twitter usernames.
Start Date
2016-06
End Date
2017-11
Data sources
  • Social media
    • Twitter