The world of Social Media is certainly an interesting one. Email, blogs, twitter, facebook, Pinterest….. All having an impact of various degrees on the way we interact and communicate.
As Twitter expanded, users created opportunities to bring together the growing community around a subject (#hashtag) to have “live” discussions for a period of time. @ctsinclair and @rfberry started the #hpm Tweetchat that occurs most Wednesday nights in the US. This has been a great opportunity for the hospice and palliative medicine community to get together under the direction of a moderator. Due to the timing of this chat, it has been largely North American based. Creating a further chat at an early morning time in the US, opened up the opportunity to engage the world other. This is especially true with the Northern hemisphere starting daylight saving and those in the south completing it.
So Monday April 2nd is the first #hpmglobal tweetchat and the opening topic for discussion: What is the most pressing issue you face in #hpm in your country?
Importantly this is an opportunity to add to the #hpm community rather than set up a separate “competing” community, but the use of a “unique hashtag” allows records and review of the discussions after the take place. Some programs (e.g. Tweetdeck) show #hpmglobal in a column following #hpm, so is more inclusive.
So a few instructions (based on @ctsinclairs #hpm tweetchat guide;
Accessing a tweetchat.
Some Tweetchat “etiquette”
Please include other tips in the comments below if you have any and volunteer to moderate a future discussion.
Look forward to tweeting with you each week.