Top ten tips for Graduate Tweeters
1. Give it a try – have a play around on Twitter you cant break it ! If you get lost simply click the home button to return to your main screen. Click all the buttons and highlighted text and see what they do.
2. Search for hashtags # appearing on the TV – its gives you great confidence and a real insight into how hashtags # work.
3. Read a Twitter chat - Read through a previous Twitter chat transcript before chatting for the first time to get a flavour for how they run.
4. Lurk – Log in on a Twitter chat and lurk. Spend some time watching how it works, learning and gaining confidence.
5. Warn your followers – Before you participate in a chat send out a tweet letting your followers know that you are taking part in a chat, then they know either to ignore your tweets or join in.
6. Take the plunge – When someone tweets something you agree or disagree with during a chat jump in and reply.
7. Everyone adds value – it doesn't matter if you are a student or a chief executive everyone has a valid opinion and point of view that will add value to the conversation. The great thing about Twitter is that diverse HCPs with varying experiences get to chat to each other.
8. Tweet chats are public – remember that you are in a public space when participating in a Twitter chat, its still as if you are in a room full of people. Remember HCP offline = HCP online and professionalism still applies.
9. Fast and furious – some chats can be very fast and you may find it tricky to read all of the tweets coming through. Don't panic you don't have to read all of them just stick to the people you find interesting you can always re read the conversation later.
10. Share, share, share – if you have found a good Twitter chat share it online and offline. If you have found value in it the chances are another HCP will too.