Twitter is a microblogging service where people answer the question "What are you doing?" via 140-character messages from their cellphone, laptop or desktop.
Twitter works well for creating a searchable, "no login required" archive of notes. As a bonus, you can use it later for blogging ideas. A hash tag is the little code preceded by a "#" that people use to indicate the topic about which they are Twittering. The idea is to ensure that tweets on the same topic can be found and aggregated more easily. Simply search for a particular hashtag on search.twitter.com. In order to make the Twitter postings (or "tweets") easily searchable, I included the hash tag "#AAAAI" with each tweet.
See some Twitter updates and discussion below (the oldest post is at the bottom, the newest at the top):
AllergyNotes #AAAAI Consequences of PhRMA Code: No CME credit for poster and oral abstract sessions if authors work for pharm or biotechnology companies
AllergyNotes #AAAAI Consequences of PhRMA Code: AAAAI will try to save $400,000 in lunch and transportation expenditures.
AllergyNotes #AAAAI Consequences of PhRMA Code: No box lunches
AllergyNotes #AAAAI Consequences of PhRMA Code: no shuttle bus service and cheaper registration bags
AllergyNotes #AAAAI Major implications of the new Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Code on the annual AAAAI meeting.
AllergyNotes #AAAAI Will publish some updates before the AAAAI meeting with the hashtag #AAAAI
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