Commentary on “The use of the Internet and social software by plastic surgeons” by R.G.J. Stevens et al.

Commentary on “The use of the Internet and social software by plastic surgeons” by R.G.J.... Eur J Plast Surg (2012) 35:757 DOI 10.1007/s00238-011-0686-7 INVITED COMMENTARY Commentary on “The use of the Internet and social software by plastic surgeons” by R.G.J. Stevens et al. Horacio F. Mayer Received: 13 December 2011 /Accepted: 28 December 2011 /Published online: 18 January 2012 Springer-Verlag 2012 The authors should be complimented for carrying out a study Social media is a great communication tool that allows on the Internet, social media and plastic surgeons. The use of time-efficient and cost-effective spread and exchange of Web 2.0 technology and social media for spreading or exchang- information. Undoubtedly, it is also a powerful source of ing information, whether for personal or professional purposes, education for plastic surgeons. is on the rise. Europe already has 476,278,755 of Internet users, and the Internet penetration in European population is 58% [1]. Notwithstanding, many physicians still do not completely realize the potential of social media. By its use, plastic Conflicts of interest None. surgeons with similar interests can exchange information that is relevant to them, making the process of continuing medical education a more productive one. Reference With this purpose, at the beginning of this year the European Journal of Plastic Surgery launched its Facebook 1. Accessed 26 Nov and Twitter pages with great success. Nowadays, our journal has over 2,400 followers on Facebook [2] and over 700 on 2. Accessed 26 Nov 2011 Twitter [3]. 3. Accessed 26 Nov 2011 H. F. Mayer (*) Department of Plastic Surgery, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, Buenos Aires, Argentina e-mail: European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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