Health-related Twitter tweet chats: Introduction
For me, participating in a health-related Twitter discussion, otherwise known as a chat, is akin to attending an international conference, obtaining a continuing education credit, and perusing the aisles of university medical library all at the same time. I connect with people from around the world who are interested in improving health care, expand my knowledge base, and am introduced to fantastic resources that I may otherwise not have found.
What exactly is a Twitter tweet chat? According to About.com, “a tweet chat is a pre-arranged chat that happens on Twitter through the use of Twitter updates (called tweets) that include a predefined hashtag to link those tweets together in a virtual conversation.”
Twitter tweet chats are typically pre-arranged for a specific time and may be scheduled to take place at regular intervals (weekly, monthly, etc.). Most are guided by a moderator and usually follow a pre-determined agenda submitted by participants, but may sometimes be opened up to allow for a more free-style discussion.
Over the next few weeks, I invite you to examine several health-related tweet chats with me to discuss their objectives and how getting involved could benefit health care and those who deliver it.
Interested in finding out more? Here are a couple of brief slideshow presentations outlining how to participate in a tweet chat and why you may consider taking part in a health-related tweet chat.
- How and Why Tweet Chat: Hospice and Palliative Medicine, by Christian Sinclair, MD (#hpm, @ctsinclair)
- CHIC Social Media Tool Kit 01, by the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (#IPChat, @CIHC_ca)
Have you ever participated in a Twitter tweet chat? Why or why not?
This Twitter chat series also appears on doc2doc blogs.