#SPSM chats about #AAS18: What happened, and why you think it’s important, 4/22/18, 9pCT

So, THAT happened! #AAS18 was a great success! And, of course, the SOCIAL MEDIA was off the chain (and let’s not talk about the SPSM parties…I mean it…all @DocForeman pics are embargoed). As fun as it was to see each other, the #SPSM mission carries on: To connect experts and stakeholders at the intersection of technology, media, and suicide prevention at the speed of innovation.

In the service of that mission, we’re chatting about our favorite moments at #AAS18. What did you learn? What inspired you? What projects will be coming out of it? Since many of us will be on the road, or just coming home, it’s an OLD SCHOOL TWITTER CHAT. As we wind down SPSM Season Five, there are only precious few chats left.

One of the cool outgrowths of #AAS18 was a chance for a bunch of us to work with Elvis and Stephanie from StackUp.org, as we embark on major changes to our social media community, and get ready to migrate to Twitch. What kind of content do you want to see there? What kind of content do YOU want to make and broadcast? What other channels on Twitch might we partner with?

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Brian Bauer chats with #SPSM about nudges and #BehavioralEconomics, 4/15/18, 9pCT

Brian Bauer chats with SPSM about “nudges” and behavioral economics interventions that may be useful in suicide prevention, 4/15/18, 9pCT.

Read up on some cool research about this here.

And, of course, you can chill with Brian, Ian Cero, and other SPSM alum at #AAS18, in just a couple of days! Follow the hashtag to watch live stream content, and connect with our community!

Watch us LIVE here:

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​Brian Bauer is second-year graduate student in Daniel Capron’s Anxiety and Trauma Research Program (ATRP) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Brian graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy in 2011. Upon graduation, he worked as a research assistant in the Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington investigating brief dialectical behavioral therapy interventions, where he developed an interest in studying suicide. Brian studied ADHD and suicide as a research assistant at the Oregon Health & Science University and suicide in the Veteran population as a research associate at the Portland VA. He recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a M.S. in Counseling Psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Brian is interested in all aspects of suicide research. Most recently, his work has focused on implementing behavioral economic techniques and decision- making theory to suicide research. In addition, Brian uses psychophysiological methods to understand potential biocorrelates of well-researched constructs within suicide theories such as the capability for suicide.

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@IanCero, #SilvermanAward winner, chats w/ #SPSM about his research on #suicide posts on #twitter, 4/8/18, 9pCT.

Ian Cero, Silverman Award Winner, chats with #SPSM about his research on associative networks for suicide related posts on Twitter, 4/8/18, 9pCT.

Check out this nifty abstract:

“Networks in which similar individuals are more likely to associate with one another than their dissimilar counterparts are called assortative. The clustering of suicides in time and space implies such fatalities likely have assortative features, and suggests other forms of suicide-related behavior may as well. The assortativity of suicide-related verbalizations (SRV) was examined by machine coding 64 million posts from 17 million users of a large social media platform over two distinct 28-day periods. Users were defined as socially linked in the network if they mutually replied to each other at least once. Results show SRV was significantly more assortative than chance, up to at least six degrees of separation. When mood was controlled, SRV assortativity remained significantly higher than chance through two degrees of separation, indicating this effect was not just an artifact of mood. Discussion demonstrates how exploiting assortative patterns can improve the efficiency of suicide risk detection.”

So, why is this? And what does this mean (or not), functionally? Let’s talk about that!

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Ian Cero, MA, MPS received his BA in philosophy from Concordia College in 2010, his MA in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota State University in 2012, and worked as a Research Coordinator at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center before coming to Auburn in 2012. Ian is currently completing his internship at the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Training Program. He also recently graduated from AU’s Probability and Statistics Masters program, which he completed concurrently with his doctoral studies. Ian’s research interests focus on non-linear models of suicide risk and their application to suicide prevention.

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#SPSM #OpenMic night, old school twitter style, 4/1/18, 9pCT.

It’s Open Mic on #SPSM, 4/1/18, 9pCT!

It’s also April Fool’s, Easter, and Passover…not to mention Spring Break for a lot of folks.

Let’s just hang out, chat about the nifty research that we’ll be chatting about for the next couple of weeks, plan for #AAS18, and maybe @DocForeman’s travels to China (and what she learned about suicide there).

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Imma Lose It: #SPSM taunts @BartAndrews about #socialmedia in #SuicidePrevention, 3/25/18, 9pCT

Chris Maxwell taunts Dr. Bart Andrews with your questions and “prompts” about any topic in suicide prevention and social media, 3/25/18, 9pCT.

Tweet your prompts to @Chrsmxwll, who will be moderating Dr. Andrews for your edutainment, LIVE here:

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#SPSM chats about new strategies for conference #SocialMedia, 3/18/18, 9pCT

SPSM will be chatting about new strategies for conference social media, 3/18/18, 9pCT.

In 2011 @DocForeman and some #HCSM friends developed strategies for live tweeting at a health care conference, and engaging people with pictures, links to articles/references, speaker slides, and curating content from each session, for later engagement. This was very “forward” thinking in 2011, but it’s 2018 now. Social media has evolved, platforms have matured, and some, like Storify, are shutting down.

What are the core “functions” that conference social media serves, regardless of current use patterns?

  1. Engage your audience, both present at the conference, and stakeholders passionate about your conference subject matter from around the world.
  2. Enrich the subject matter content being presented with supplemental materials for people who want a deeper dive on the topic.
  3. Allow more intimate interaction among the audience and presenters.
  4. Capture this rich interaction and curate it for asynchronous viewing, and review by the social media team.
  5. Measure engagement to provide insight.
  6. Grow your conference brand and buzz.

As new Twitter robo-moderation algorithms have changed, we are finding this an increasingly difficult platform to use for “live tweeting/chatting.” Additionally the rise in livestreaming has moved emphasis away from capturing content in short texts, as we can now stream video from the whole event, and curate it on YouTube or other platforms.

So, what’s next? How will that impact #AAS18?

  1. More livestreaming and curation on YouTube.
  2. More “behind the scenes” livestream.
  3. A more “clever” use of Twitter for things such as polls.
  4. Development of a Twitch channel for hosting and broadcasting curated videos conference sessions.
  5. Using the Twitch channel to facilitate chats about streamed content.
  6. Using Twitch to measure analytics, and being prepared to understand and explain new numbers.
  7. Transitioning away from Storify. Wakelet may be a new tool for us to try.

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#SPSM was going to chat about streaming on #Twitch, then we tried it… 3/11/18, 9pCT

#SPSM chats about our transition to Twitch this summer, and our snags along to road to adopting a new platform, 3/11/18, 9pCT. Why are we transitioning to Twitch? And what problems are popping up along the way? Join us to chat about this.

We realized it was time to reboot our chat (again) for several reasons. Storify is closing up shop in May (we’ve been users since their Beta days). Twitter has undergone a lot of changes, some of which will interfere with good live tweeting, for the foreseeable future, Hashtracking is an ongoing expense for us that is not funded, Twitter analytics aren’t what they used to be, and YouTube auto-moderation has been a bit *picante* for our chat in the last year or two…SPSM has been using a variety of social media platforms for some time. It makes sense for us to look at new ways of producing, consuming, and curating the media that support the suicide prevention community in rapid production and consumption of media about new and fast moving ideas.

So, why Twitch? Well, sort of for the same reasons we evolved from text based twitter chats to a livestream on YouTube. Because that is what is current, and SPSM aims to keep up with user trends, instead of attempting and recommending plaform adoptions just as they are aging out of use.

And we would have hosted a Twitch livestream and chat this week, if DocForeman could have figured it out…But never fear! We’ll use our “traditional” livestream set up as we discuss the new challenges and skills we are facing with a Twitch adoption.

Twitch vs. YouTube

‘Tubers moving to Twitch in 2018

How monetization strategies affect early adopters (and then the rest of us follow, featuring an example from Boogie2998)

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