I recently chose Hip Recall 101 for the HRRH.com Twitter username… for a reason.
As part of building HRRH.com I studied Facebook, Twitter and quite a few blogs over many months to better understand the hip replacement & hip recall online landscape:
What seems clear is that there is a cacophony of voices; bewildering and almost deafening; mixed messages; almost an information overload. I was left wishing I had landed on a page offering just hip recall basics - truly Hip Recall 101.
The impression I have formed is that most 'publishers' on social media seem to think that the smart approach is to post or 'speak' as often as possible, regardless of quality or whether you actually have anything of real value or relevance to say.
I recently set up a Twitter account under the name Hip Recall 101 - to spread the word about HRRH.com.
Rather than just jump in and start to 'transmit', I plan to take what I hope will prove to be a smarter approach, focusing only on high quality and relevant comments & updates.
In the context of a hip replacement recall, it seems to me that social media is a mixed blessing.
On a positive note, social media is:
The negatives include:
Those with an interest in Hip Recall using social media seem to fall in to one of the following categories:
Sometimes real world 'common sense' and good judgement can get lost when people get subsumed in the virtual, online networks of social media.
This can introduce a number of very real risks for any one trying to manage a hip recall injury and get compensation in a hip implant recall case.
Two risks that immediately spring to mind are as follows:
1. Protect your Privacy
Don't post your name and / or information about your specific case online, for example on Twitter, Facebook or in a blog. Doing so introduces potential risks that could prejudice the outcome of any legal action.
If an injured party posts information about his injury or condition online then this could potentially be picked up and used as evidence by a defence lawyer.
Typically when people injured by a hip implant post online, they (quite rightly) are not thinking ahead - about due legal process; nor are they anticipating that the outcome of any potential future legal action could turn on what they write online and the way it is written - style, tone, language, apparent attitude.
Increasingly people's online activities are starting to impinge on real world situations, decisions and outcomes. We would all do well to remember that what we do online is as real as what we do at home, in an office, in a hospital or in the street.
2. Trust ONLY your Professional Advisers
When swimming around in 'online soup' (social media generally), people naturally seek to build relationships and through time can start to feel that they have developed a relationship of 'trust' with a particular online persona or entity.
This can be quite dangerous - just because a company or individual has a large number of followers on Twitter, or a large number of 'Likes' on Facebook, does not (necessarily) mean they are a credible source of information, or that they have your best interests at heart when they post or act.
Make decisions for yourself based ONLY on advice from trusted professionals, appointed by you to act in your best interest, not based on what you read on the internet. You should be guided by your:
… not by chatter on the internet.
My intended approach with HRRH.com is to try not to add to the noise 'out there'.
As the Twitter name Hip Recall 101 suggests, through the HRRH.com site and any supplementary use of social media, I aim to provide a set of coherent, straightforward and understandable resources.
The objective of this site, and Hip Recall 101 on Twitter, is to help people simplify what can be quite a complex challenge - namely trying to achieve the best possible health and financial outcomes from a hip recall injury / situation.
I liken it to taking the way of the tortoise, rather than the hare:
My commitment is to focus only on high quality, practical and relevant information, tools & resources. I'll only update or comment when there is something of value to say… truly Hip Recall 101.