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Weight loss support seeking on twitter: the impact of weight on follow back rates and interactions

Overview of attention for article published in Translational Behavioral Medicine, July 2016
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26 tweeters
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Title
Weight loss support seeking on twitter: the impact of weight on follow back rates and interactions
Published in
Translational Behavioral Medicine, July 2016
DOI 10.1007/s13142-016-0429-1
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Authors

Christine N. May, Molly E. Waring, Stephanie Rodrigues, Jessica L. Oleski, Effie Olendzki, Martinus Evans, Jennifer Carey, Sherry L. Pagoto

Abstract

People seek weight loss support on online social networks, but little is known about how to build a supportive community. We created four Twitter accounts portraying women interested in weight loss (two obese, two normal weight/overweight) and followed health care professional and peer accounts for 2-5 weeks. We examined follow back rates, interactions, and organic follows from professionals and peers by weight status. Follow back rates did not differ by weight status when following professionals (6.8 % normal weight/overweight vs 11.0 % for obese; p = 0.4167) or peers (6.7 % for normal weight/overweight vs 10.8 % for obese; p = 0.1548). Number of interactions and organic followers also did not differ by weight status. Peers interacted with study accounts significantly more than professionals (p = 0.0138), but interactions were infrequent. Women seeking weight loss support on Twitter may need to be present for more than 5 weeks to build an interactive weight loss community.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 1 3%
Unknown 37 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 7 18%
Student > Bachelor 6 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 11%
Student > Postgraduate 3 8%
Other 5 13%
Unknown 8 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 10 26%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 11%
Psychology 3 8%
Social Sciences 3 8%
Computer Science 2 5%
Other 6 16%
Unknown 10 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 23. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 19 October 2017.
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#790,397
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Outputs from Translational Behavioral Medicine
#56
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#21,398
of 264,587 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Translational Behavioral Medicine
#3
of 17 outputs
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