One of the best ways to utilise Twitter is at conferences. You will have noticed social media becoming an increasingly included part of the program at any medical conference, and used well it can really add to the experience.
- The ability to follow the major topics and themes of a conference remotely if you’re not able to make it
- Being able to follow the comments and observations of more audience members while you listen to plenary talks or panel discussions
- To interact more yourself, and post your own thoughts or witticisms
Some useful hashtags for major General Practice Conferences include:-
- GPET Convention – #GPET13
- RACGP Conference – #GP13
- Remote Medical Education Conference – #RMEC13
- GPRA’s Breathing New Life – #BNL13
- Rural Medicine Australia – #RMA2013
There are lots more!
Most of these conferences also have their own Twitter account which you can follow as well. They will tweet both before the conference to let you know of useful info, as well as during the event itself.
e.g. GPET Convention – @GPETConvention
You’ll notice that people’s tweets at Conferences tend to fall into one of a few broad categories
- Live tweeting or reporting – posting quotes and other info from talks and workshops. This allows people not physically at the conference to be able to follow along
- Comments and thoughts regarding different sessions – what you are finding to be the best parts, interesting things you’ve learnt and want to share, etc.
- Networking and ‘chatting’ – great way to banter with people both during and in between sessions without being actively disruptive!
Of course, a great way to use Twitter is to also be a passive participant – follow the tweets and see how it can broaden your experience. You’ll soon be keen to contribute actively – it’s infectious!