In my opinion, the embarrassing begging and pleading for votes across social platforms, in public and by direct message, heaps shame upon both receivers and givers. As for those individuals who elect to vote for themselves, well, words fail me.
What a ludicrous popularity contest of this sort does for anyone is beyond my reckoning, but if it all seems perfectly reasonable to you and you consider it a great idea worthy of your active support and propagation, I suggest you seek professional help immediately.
Until this morning, I’d decided that simply ignoring this (final?) edition of #pharma100 was going to be the way I’d be least irritated by it.
Then, this happened:
Just so you don’t have to click on the embedded link redirecting to the second tweet above, I’ll tell you that the link I’m sharing is to Symplur’s Healthcare Hashtags, which for any readers who may not have encountered it before is the leading means (in my opinion) of freely discovering and reviewing health conversations taking place on Twitter (full disclosure: I am affiliated with Symplur).
So, take a guess at what the first entry in the first column on the Healthcare Hashtags homepage might be at present?
That’s right: #pharma100.
Just imagine the impression that TwitterMedia (or some of its 2.1M followers, perhaps living with or touched in some way by a chronic, life-limiting condition) is going to get of the health conversation on the Social Web if they click on that first rather than, say, #bcsm, #btsm or one of the hundreds of other hashtags that provide access to peer and professional support, and potentially life-saving information?
However, what a disservice that would be doing to the exceptional work, support, and healthcare signposting that takes place on Twitter if he missed out on discovering the rich, diverse, and vibrant health conversation on the social web as a consequence.
If you don’t have any self-respect, at least respect the work that patient advocates and healthcare professionals are doing.
Stop degrading the health conversation on the Social Web.
Stop using #pharma100.