|By Scott R. Steele, MD, Chair, Social Media Committee
We are excited to unveil an entirely different way that attendees can experience the 2014 ASCRS meeting, in large part due to the completely redesigned ASCRS mobile app. In addition to allowing personalization of your meeting schedule, the app will provide mobile access to meeting abstracts, background and contact information about the speakers, note taking ability, and loads of information about the local sites and sounds of the greater Hollywood, FL area. If you cannot attend a session, we will have one of our committee members “posting” and “tweeting” out pictures and information about the presentations.
Our goal is to maximize your interactive experience. In many symposia, you will be able to text questions or comments directly to the session moderators right from your smartphone or tablet. Other sessions will provide scenarios with real-time audience polling feedback. Advanced multimedia capabilities to include PDF, video, image and website links will also enhance your educational and collaborative experience.
If you are not familiar with ‘apps’, Twitter, or even Facebook, we will have member volunteers near the registration desk to help you get signed up.
Aside from the meeting, mainly through the tireless efforts of Vice-Chairman Dr. Kyle Cologne, Los Angeles, CA, information about colorectal disease and ASCRS is currently available on several different social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and tumblr. We encourage everyone to sign up, follow along, and interact as much as possible.
Finally, I personally would like to first thank all of the volunteer members of the ASCRS Social Media Committee. If you are interested in helping us at the meeting or have any ideas to contribute, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.