This blog post is a running sheet for a workshop I’m delivering in Inala today, modified from a previous post. Feel free to ignore it if you’re not at the workshop!
It aims to encourage health professionals begin using Twitter as an educational tool. I originally ran it with Dr Tim Senior at GP13, the RACGP Annual Scientific Convention in Darwin, Oct 2013.
The original workshop was written by:
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- Anne Marie Cunningham
(* To reverse Twitter addiction, see next month’s 12-step program)
1. Set up a new twitter account
2. Enter the hashtag #InalaHealth in your ‘search’ box.
Introduce yourself and include #InalaHealth somewhere in the message.
3. Retweet any introductions you find funny, curious or clever.
If there are none, sneak out and see patients instead.
4. Reply to one of the introductions.
View the conversation.
5. Follow another blogger in this room.
Some like to follow 2000 tweeters. Justin is a grumpy conservative follower who probably won’t follow you.
6. Go to @ connect
Congratulations if someone has RTed you. This should give you a buzzing feeling.
If not, keep trying.
7. Social media is all about sharing, and it is polite to attribute.
If you want to modify someone else’s wording, type MT at the start.
If you want to alert someone to your tweet because they may be interested, add their username at the end. You could add cc or attribute using via.
8. Search for #FOAM4GP and see what GPs are educating each other about.
9. Post a link.
Choose something interesting or, if desperate, post the link to this workshop http://drjustincoleman.com/
All links are shortened (or lengthened) to 22 characters; that leaves you with just 118!
Don’t SHOUT unless you are selling Viagra.
10. Congratulations! You are now a tweeter and you are not alone. You now need to…
Decide who to follow
Or, on your Twitter home page, click on #discover and enter a search term (e.g. ‘mental health’). Narrow your search in the left-hand column (e.g., tick ‘People’ and ‘Near you’).
Or, choose a twitter account highly relevant to your area and explore it. See who they follow. See what Twitter lists they are members of and explore those lists.
Before following anyone, look at their last 10-20 tweets.
- What proportion are relevant/interesting?
- Do they give useful links?
- How many tweets per day? (Avoid clutter)
- Are many tweets irrelevant, private conversations?
- Assume that every tweet is public and permanent. Remember the Mayo Clinic’s 12-word social media policy:
Don’t Lie Don’t Pry
Don’t Cheat Can’t Delete
Don’t Steal Don’t Reveal
- Or the more wordy RCGP (UK) Social Media Highway Code
- Tweetdeck is useful for multiple usernames or separating out your interests.