The BJUI has been very pleased with the large amount of social media activity we have seen across our various platforms since January 2013 when the new-look Journal was introduced. Editor-in-Chief, Prokar Dasgupta, has decreed that he wants the BJUI to be “the most-read surgical journal on the web”, and has recognised the key role that social media plays in realizing this ambition. At the same time, the social media revolution that has engrossed Gen Y and Gen Z and which has transformed the way in which news is communicated, has now taken a foothold in scientific publishing and is evolving.
To recognise the rapidly growing interest in social media in urology, and also to acknowledge those who have played a major role in advancing social media in urology at the BJUI and elsewhere, we this year inaugurated the BJUI Social Media Awards, presented for the first time at the AUA recently. Individuals and organisations were recognised across 20 categories including the top gong, The BJUI Social Media Award 2013, awarded to an individual or organization who has made an outstanding contribution to social media in urology in the preceding year.
This year’s Awards Ceremony was held in the Dublin Square Irish Bar in San Diego during the AUA Annual Meeting. Sixty of the World’s leading social media enthusiasts (the “Uro-Twitterati”), gathered to meet up in person and to see who would be recognised. Sort of like the Oscars but without the wardrobe malfunctions. Yours truly played the role of MC. While most of the awards recognised genuine achievements in social media, there were a few “special” categories which recognised some reasonably strange activity propagated through social media channels!
The Prezi containing the full Awards Ceremony slideshow can be accessed here, and the full list of Award recipients is as follows:
- Most Read Blog@BJUI – Dr Jim Duthie, New Zealand
- Most Commented Blog@BJUI – Dr Henry Woo, Sydney, Australia
- Best Blog Comment – Dr Amrith Rao, Wrexham Park, UK
- Best BJUI Tube Video – Dr Vipul Patel and team, Florida
- Tweet of the Year using @BJUIJournal
- Best Urology Conference for Social Media – EAU Annual Congress, Milan 2013
- Best Social Media Campaign – Dr Tim Averch, Pittsbugh, USA & the global Uro-Twitterati
- Best Movember Mo – Dr Ben Challacombe, London, UK
- “Did You Really Tweet That” Award – Dr Ben Davies, Pittsburgh, USA
- Most Strange Picture on Twitter – Dr Ben Davies, Pittsburgh, USA
- Highest Klout Score – Dr Stacy Loeb, New York, USA
- Best Urology App – Draw MD Urology
- Innovation Award 2013 – International Urology Journal Club (#urojc); Dr Henry Woo, Sydney, Australia
- #UroJC Award – Dr Rajiv Singal, Tornoto, Canada
- Best Urology Facebook Site – American Urological Association
- Best Urology Journal for Social Media – BJUI, London, UK (Dr Prokar Dasgupta)
- Best Urology Organisation – European Association of Urology
- King of Twitter – Dr Ben Davies, Pittsburgh, USA
- BJUI Outstanding Contribution Award – Declan Murphy, Melbourne, Australia
- The BJUI Social Media Award 2013 – Urology Match (Dr Alex Kutikov & Dr Todd Morgan)
We were delighted to have recipients from all categories present at the ceremony including representatives from the AUA and EAU. The BJUI Social Media Awards Ceremony was competing with the European Urology Cocktail Reception a couple of blocks away but in the spirit of conviviality which we encourage, we welcomed European Urology Editor-in-Chief elect, Dr Jim Catto, and managing editor Cathy Pierce, who popped in for a drink and to collect the EAU awards.
A special thanks to my research fellow Dr Marni Basto who organised this year’s awards, and to Scott Millar and Helena Kasprowicz at BJUI in London who manage our social media and website activity.
For more pictures from the evening, please visit BJUI Associate Editor John Davies Flickr page.
Declan Murphy is Associate Editor for Social Media at BJUI. He is a uro-oncologist in Melbourne, Australia
Follow Declan on Twitter @declangmurphy
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