First step, check out this awesome guide to social media for newcomers. SUPER useful.
It had great tips, like this one: ALWAYS include a picture of yourself on your profile. He’s right: please do it NOW! It’s essential. Just use a selfie 😊
Follow a few pathologists. Use this handy guide created by @RoseannIWu to begin with, and then just follow people whose tweets you like. Following is a friendly gesture on Twitter, and conveys that you are interested that person’s tweets.
Retweet the tweets you like. People like their tweets retweeted because it gives their tweets greater exposure. How to do it? Just hit the button that looks like a rectangle made of 2 arrows chasing each other. These pics show how I retweeted a tweet by @vighnesh_w
If retweeting doesn’t float your boat, you could just hit the “like” button on a tweet.
Here I “like” a beautiful tweet by @Konzult_
Retweets are generally considered a stronger endorsement than likes, but not always. They might just mean “hey folks, look at this!”
Twitter is built for interaction. You get to “reply” to a tweet with a comment, question or even a picture or a gif. Do this! Even the most famous and busy experts will reply! You will learn a lot.
Here I reply to a post by my fav lung pathologist from Spain @lara_pijuan
Caution! Do not EVER include info that could identify the patient. Let’s look at examples:
“Look at those R-S cells” = good ✅✅
“Young man, thigh mass” = ok ✅
“47/F, 11 cm uterine mass” = risky
“87/M with lung mets. We autopsied him yesterday” = unacceptable ❌
If you’re a good teacher, try to come up with an educational tweet with a combination of text and pics. You could get a cash award and recognition and help to educate thousands in many countries. It’s called #PathTweetAward
Dos and Don’ts:
✅ Post links to articles or books you have authored or liked
✅ Encourage others who tweet good stuff
✅ Promote a good conference or speaker
✅ Share pearls from a good article (always cite the author)
✅ Attend Twitter Journal clubs like #pathJc
🛑 Call people names
🛑 Harrass anyone in any way
🛑 Get into fights if people are rude to you on Twitter (better to ignore or block)
🛑 Post copyrighted material
🛑 Post someone else’s pics without citing them
🛑 Post ANYTHING you wouldn’t want your boss to see
Twitter has so many benefits it’s impossible to list them all. You “meet” people online and “know” them for years before you meet them in real life. You become friends. Check out the hashtag “met on Twitter, then in real life” #mottirl
You can come across research ideas on Twitter, find people from all around the world who are willing to collaborate, and present your research in mainstream conferences.
For example, check out the hashtag #ebustwitter