After last year’s #HIT100 event I made three blog posts about The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly aspects of the #HIT100 event (an event some label as a popularity contest or vote-stuffing exercise.) I’m extracting and summarizing 10 suggestions from those posts that I believe, if followed, would make the #HIT100 event more valuable to those working in and/or interested in health care information technology. Here they are and if you’re upset that some of these apply to you – then that’s on you and you may want to think harder about why it upsets you.
1. Add a short note as to why the person you’re nominating deserves to be nominated.
2. Honor the one person, one vote ideal of American democracy.
3. Don’t use multiple Twitter accounts to vote.
4. Don’t create a Twitter account just to vote for yourself or someone else.
5. If you’re going to cheat, don’t be so obvious - be creative. Last year one dad voted for his son using – at least - 3 separate accounts; submitting all votes within a few minutes of each other.
6. Avoid extreme self-promotion. Humility is a virtue.
7. Don’t RT every single tweet that mentions you.
8. Resist the temptation to cajole co-workers, family and friends who rarely, if ever, participate on Twitter or other platforms to vote for you.
9. Nominate people who actually participate in the healthcare IT space in some meaningful way on a regular basis –whether on Twitter, Google+, blogs or elsewhere.
10. Don’t hijack the #HIT100 or any other Hashtag to promote yourself.
If you really want to dominate the #HIT100, why not just get it over with and employ a gang of low-paid ‘click farm’ workers in Bangladesh to generate votes?
What other suggestions do you have? If you disagree with any of my suggestions, I'd like to hear why.