Social Media for Nurses: Twitter

Beginners Guide To Twitter

Twitter is a service to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick and frequent messages. People post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text.

Twitters Mission: “To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers”.

Learning

It’s agile, so current research and hot topics are discussed in a time relevant manner. You are following up to date practice. So try following professional nursing organisations, specialist organisations, publishers and the world famous gurus to see what they are up to.

Like any resource, it’s up to you as a professional to critique it’s merits.

The Eggtwitter-egg

For those who are unfamiliar with “the egg”, it’s the default avatar (picture) that Twitter gives to every new account. The advice is be brave and add a photo, add a brief bio, change the background and away you go.

Caution for nurses: You may not be able to add your employer details into your bio. Check with your organisation and their rules on social media. “Posts Are My Own And Not Necessarily Those Of My Employer”  is a common bio addendum.

Fantastic How To Guide

A Nurse’s Guide To Twitter by Paul McNamara (@meta4RN)

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Twitter 

Who To Follow?

Type in some keywords of areas of interest and see where you end up. Below are some people and #hashtags to follow.

Some Extra Tools

You can have more organised lists and manage followed topics using tools such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite [guide here]

Happy Tweeting

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