I’ve been receiving a couple of messages in public about the “accuracy” and “transparency” of how the #HIT100 votes are counted. I’ll explain this further below.
Just to be crystal clear, the stack and ranking is just the entertainment and part of the fun of #HIT100.
The spirit of #HIT100 is to introduce community members to each other and it’s not a competition for a first place prize or anything of that nature.
We do want to recognize the influencers in both our #HealthIT and #HITsm communities or channels. That’s why we do the stack and ranking. But it’s not the essence of it.
Over the years I’ve witnessed some people reach the top of the list and they weren’t what I would consider “influencers”. I’ve also witnessed some of the most influential people in healthcare IT be beyond the bottom of the list. This proves that this order is not what is significant and relevant regarding the spirit of #HIT100.
There are some that have created the notion of an official list and unofficial lists. These are artificial artifacts that have no purpose in the community.
The truth is that I have never published a list! You will not find a list on my blog or any other website I own and operate.
The lists have been published by community members and others interested in spreading the fun and building of our communities.
- HIT100 2011 was published by Motorcycle_Guy on his blog and by NateOsIT on his blog
- HIT100 2012 was published by Healthcare IT News
- HIT100 2013 was published by Healthcare IT News
- HIT100 2014 was published by Healthcare Scene (they called it the “unofficial” list and there is no such thing as an official list)
- HIT100 2015 was executed by others with another hashtag named HIT99
- HIT100 2016 has been published in a novel way:
- The Top 5
- The Top 6-10
- The Top 11-25
- The Reverse List with a countdown from 100 to 50 in a #FollowFriday format (inspired by MandiBPro’s HIT100 video)
- A final list that will be published soon
The truth is that every year has been different. Every year everyone has fun and enjoys it.
I do the tallying in a simple way. This year I simplified it even more with some simple algorithms.
- Complex nominations, which I consider those that have multiple handles or URLs or other artifacts were excluded from the list. The exclusion list removed 257 complex nominations. Some care was taken with the top 25 to make sure close ties could be verified and validated. Duplicate nominations were also removed. This produced a “curated” list. The curated list ended up having 2417 valid nominations.
- With a simple SQL grouping select statement the tweets with the unique nominee handle were grouped and summed. This created a sequential list organized alphabetically with hundreds of nominees. The top 100 of the list were the ones that have been in the announcements.
The nominations were being captured near real-time and the analytics were being continuously published.
The best effort was performed to be transparent and accurate but that doesn’t mean that artificial intelligence was performed on all the tweets. Some tweets got filtered for not meeting the basic syntax that was required.
The spirit of #HIT100 is not the stack and ranking but the building and bringing of a community together.
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