Sunday, December 4, 2016

Tweetchats 101

What is a tweetchat?
Tweetchats are Twitter conversations that occur at a set time on a pre-determined topic. All tweets are labeled with a designated hashtag and ready followed by searching the hashtag or using a program such at Tweetchat or Tweetdeck. As hashtags can be used by anyone, there are no limitations on who can join. For a great list of health care tweet chats, see Symplur.

How do I prepare for the chat?
Make sure your Twitter pic and profile represent you in a manner you wish to be represented. Your Twitter profile will serve as a supplemental, unspoken introduction during the chat. For tips on completing your profile, click here. In terms of preparing for the topic of a tweetchat, that will depend on the chat topic and your goals for the chat. Often no preparation is needed.

How do I follow so many tweets?
My preferred method to participate in a tweetchat is to simply use Twitter's native search function, then sort by "latest" to put the tweets in chronological order. The downside with this method is that you must remember to add the chat hashtag to each tweet, even when you are replying to a tweet. Some prefer using a chat platform such as TweetChat that allows you to log in with your Twitter handle, enter the hashtag of the event, and then collates the chat tweets for you. It also autopopulates your tweets with the hashtag.

Is there any etiquette I should be aware of?
  • You may want to quote tweet the announcement for the chat, with a note to your followers that your tweets will be increased during the upcoming hour.
  • Be sure to introduce yourself at at the start of the tweet. Even if you plan to only “lurk.”
  • If your tweets are in response to specific topics or questions, be sure to label them T1 or Q1, Q2, etc.

Any final tips?
Have fun! Don’t be afraid to chime in or simply follow along. (Both are encouraged!) Tweetchats can move along quickly. Most tweetchats later post the complete transcript, which can be more carefully digested and followed up on after the tweetchat.


If you have additional tips or questions to share, please post them in the comments 😊

Friday, December 2, 2016

#obsm Obesity Social Media Chat: Join the conversation


Perhaps more so than any other surgical disease, obesity and weight loss surgery are associated with numerous myths and misconceptions that prevent patients from being referred for and receiving this life changing--and often life saving--surgery. Sadly many patients suffering from obesity are not receiving the evidence-based care they deserve. We want to change that.

Inspired by the success of the #bcsm (breast cancer social media) and #lcsm (lung cancer social media) communities among others, we are launching #obsm (obesity social media). Our aim is for the chat to serve as a connection between all stakeholders in the fight to end obesitysurgeons, internists, bariatricians, gastroenterologists, nutritions, psychologists, therapists, nutritionists, dietitians, physical therapists, personal trainers, and most importantly, patients and their support networks.

The first chat will be held Sunday, December 4 at 9 pm EST. The topic is “Obesity Surgery: myths and misconceptions.”

We hope to see you on Twitter!

Heather Logghe, MD; Babak Moeinolmolki, MD; Neil Floch, MD; Amir Ghaferi, MD, MS; Arghaven Salles, MD, PhD


Update: The first #obsm chat December 4, was a huge success, with 500 tweets and 50 participants during the hour of the chat! 
Numbers from @symplur
























The full transcript can be found here. We are also excited to announce a sibling chat to be held the third Sunday of every month, at a more Europe-friendly time of 7 pm GMT. The first such chat will be December 18 and will be moderated by Drs. Zaher Toumi and Simon Monkhouse.

The topics for the European chat will be the same as those used for the first chat:
T1 Misconception: Surgery is a ‘cop-out’. Individuals affected by severe obesity just need to go on a diet and exercise program. #obsm
T2 Misconception: #ObesitySurgery causes worse health problems such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, suicide, and even death. #obsm
T3 Misconception: Most people who have #WeightLossSurgery regain their weight. #obsm
T4 Moving forward: How can we overcome these misconceptions and ensure patients are appropriately referred for #obesitysurgery? #obsm
T5 What topics related to #BariatricSurgery and #obsm would you like to see covered in upcoming chats? #obsm