• Reading list moved to Twitter

    For more months than I can count I’ve been posting a weekly reading list of papers and books I’m looking at. I recognize the list is of some value to people, particularly other researchers, which is why I kept at it for so long. However, it’s actually a bit of a pain to assemble, taking more time than simple “Hey, here’s what’s on my pile” messages should require.

    So, I’m changing things up. If you want to know what I’m reading, follow me on Twitter.* I will try to remember to use hashtag “#AFread” in case you want to filter or search for these items. Also, read my blog posts. Sometimes I will write about a paper that I don’t otherwise announce. There are also many papers worthy of attention that I do not mention because others have. (Sarah Kliff, for example, is among the few big bloggers who consistently read and comment on health care-related academic literature. If she covers a paper, I may not.)

    * Yes, I know for many, using Twitter for this purpose is a step too far. I’m sorry about that.

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    • Rats. I was a big fan of this segment of the blog, but I’m not a twitter user. Is there a way to follow this on twitter without actually having to incorporate twitter into my blog-going routine? For instance, is it possible to set up a twitter account, automatically receive an email of your posts whenever you use that hashtag, and never go to the twitter site again?

      • I don’t know about your specific email idea, but I had a glimmer of a hope of another. It is possible to get Twitter feeds via RSS. You don’t even need to be on Twitter to do that. However, it doesn’t seem to work with my account, possibly because I started it as a private account. (It’s public now, obviously.)

        There are lots of tools out there for filtering Twitter feeds. Probably there is a way to set something up that sucks in mine and spits out only the #AFread items into a feed. Someone with more time and expertise than me will have to dig into it. Actually, it’s not that hard with WordPress. Someone (not me!) with a WordPress blog could do this as a service.

        Finally: a plug for Twitter. I was skeptical of its value for a long time. But I had to finally admit that that was based on bias, not evidence. Then I tried it. A lot of useful info is exchanged there. If you’re already reading blogs, you might want to give it a try, even if it is only to follow me. πŸ˜‰ A lot of what I would otherwise blog goes on my Twitter feed because I need to be efficient.

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      Also, does this mean you’re now limiting your write-ups of the articles to 128 words or whatever it is? Some of those abstracts were a couple of paragraphs. It’s easily been the best way I keep up with the health econ literature.

      • No write-ups at all on Twitter. Just the title (maybe the journal) and a link. Click through for abstracts. Seriously, if anyone wants to provide the clipping service, be my guest. I would post a fully formatted version to the blog. I just can’t do all the cut-and-paste work anymore.