More doctors are using Twitter now than ever before, and a new database puts 1,400 of them — along with 400,000 of their tweets — at your fingertips.

It’s an unprecedented data set – the literature on clinician Twitter use thus far has relied on small surveys and anecdotes — developed by Greg Matthews (@chimoose) and colleagues at the communications consulting firm WCG.

I got Matthews on the phone while he was waiting to board a flight from Rochester back to San Antonio after announcing the data set at the Mayo Clinic’s annual social media summit. He said he’s been following thousands of healthcare professionals on Twitter for years now, and wanted to find a way to analyze the information in their tweets on a larger scale.

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