Tonight was #dsma. (It's every Wednesday @ 9PM EST if you're interested.) And so I got to talk with a number of other diabetics who are outside of my normal #doc feed.
While I don't have an exact number, I'd bet I follow fewer than 50 diabetics on Twitter. There are tons more. There are the celebrities of the community like @diabetic_iz_me or @diabetesalic that I don't follow. Absolutely nothing against them, but I use Twitter for bantering with real-life friends, political posturing and technical issues as well. They and many other core group of DOC members are so followed that the number of tweets in the timeline grows exponentially because not only do I see them, I see the bantering between them and everyone else too. It's part of it being a community but given the tools I have, volume-control is the best way to keep Twitter generally useful.
#dsma is a way around that problem. For once a week, I can forsake all matters non-diabetic and see the spectrum of peoples and their thoughts. One hope from this blog is I can follow more in a less instant manner. Still won't see every thought, but it enables seeing more than I would on Twitter alone. And until I can handle the volume on day-to-day Twitter, #dsma is the outlet to the community at large.