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Health-related Twitter tweet chats: Introduction

August 24, 2010

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, “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.

Have you ever participated in a Twitter tweet chat? Why or why not?

This Twitter chat series also appears on doc2doc blogs.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2010 3:50 am

    Hi Colleen,
    Wish you success with your new blog! It look great and very professional!
    I particularly like your series on health related Twitter tweet chats, as they not only explain all about tweetchats but they are also inviting to participation.


    • September 8, 2010 8:44 am

      Thanks for dropping by Kathi.

      Stay tuned for more on the tweetchat series. Coming up soon are:
      #hpm (hospice and palliative medicine)
      #mhsm (mental health social medicine)



  2. September 8, 2010 8:15 am

    tweet chats I follow: #hcsm, #hcsmeu, #hpm .. and yes, it is as you describe, Colleen and it’s totally exhilarating. All of which seems to inhibit me from doing anything other than lurking. I have to learn to discipline myself to think faster and write even faster. I’ve wondered if anyone else has had this experience.
    ps Thanks for asking ;)



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