You can use twitter to learn the latest goings-on in nursing. Not know where to start? We can help …
What is twitter?
Twitter is a bit like listening to the radio, but this time you can talk to it and it might talk back. With twitter you can decide who you want to follow, from Lionel Richie to the editor of Nursing Times, and see what they have to say. By listening in to their ‘tweets’, phrases 140 characters long a bit like facebook status updates, you can find out what is important to them, what’s new and what they’re doing.
What’s the point?
Twitter is a fantastic way to keep in touch with people that you know, people you’d like to know and what’s new in nursing. It can also help inform service users about work you are doing, or help you gather opinions about something you want to know more about, whether that’s intentional rounding or the latest in dementia research.
How do I get started?
- Create a twitter account. Go to twitter.com online, you will be asked to choose your twitter name which always starts with an “@” E.g. @NursingTimes
- Add some information. Add a photo and write a short bio to describe yourself.
- Start following people. Follow some people by searching in your search box for relevant words like ‘nurse’ or ‘dementia’ or ‘hospital’ and then clicking ‘follow’. Tweets from these people will now appear in a list on your homepage.
- Tweet. Remember, you’re only allowed 140 characters so it’s good to keep them short and to the point. Do you have a question you want answered or do you feel strongly about a particular issue? If so, tweet about it.
- Retweet. You don’t have to write anything, instead spend some time reading other peoples tweets and if you find something interesting click ‘retweet’. This will forwards the tweet to your followers.
Who should I follow?
Here are some recommendations for you to follow from our Nursing Times team:
How to get the most out of twitter:
- Take a sneak peek at the people that other tweeters follow by clicking on their name and then clicking on their followers. You can choose to follow these people too.
- Search for hashtags and you’ll be able to follow a conversation about a particluar topic. E.g. #nursecommissioning.
- Create your own hashtags (use the symbol) before writing your tweet in order to create your own debate eg #nhs or #reforms
Things to remember:
- Your tweets can be retweeted to a larger audience, so don’t write anything you don’t want the world to know about!
- If you tweet as a nurse remember patient confidentiality and your professional responsibilities.
Who do you follow on twitter?