Sunday, December 4, 2016

Tweet Chats 101

What is a tweet chat? Updated 5/22/2018
Tweet chats are Twitter conversations that occur at a set time on a predetermined topic. All tweets are labeled with a designated hashtag and followed by searching the hashtag. As hashtags can be used by anyone, there are no limitations on who can join.

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 an unspoken introduction during the chat. For tips on completing your profile, click here. In terms of preparing for the topic of a tweet chat, 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?
To participate in a tweet chat, search the hashtag in Twitter's native search function, then click on the “latest tweets” tab to see the most recent tweets. In this view, the chat tweets are displayed in reverse chronological order.

How do I participate?
In order for your tweets to be considered part of the tweet chat, they must include the designated hashtag. When you author a tweet in the search view described above, the hashtag is automatically entered into your tweet. When quote tweeting or replying to a tweet, you must manually add 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 chat. Even if you plan to lurk.”

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

by @LoggheMD

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