Like a Facebook feed, you can pick and choose who shows up on your twitter feed. My feed is full of Physician Assistants, physicians who tweet about issues in health care, Canadian politicians, Canadian hospitals, Canadian CHCs, and FHTs, PA schools (Canadian), and Canadian health care organizations (e.g. medical associations, MOHLTC, etc).
a) Follow People
our timeline consists of tweets of people that you follow. If you follow celebrities your timeline will primarily compromise of Hollywood banter and gossip. If you follow athletes, you’ll get to see live updates of different athletes, coaches, and teams. If you follow health care professionals (e.g. Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Health Care Organizations) your timeline will compromise of topics, tidbits, pearls, and issues relevant in health care. Who to follow? And how do you find the right people to follow? It’s a good question, and leads to the next point:
b) Follow Lists
You can choose to create and/or follow lists. Twitter lists comprise of twitter users relevant to a certain topic. You can choose to subscribe to a list, which automatically subscribes you to every twitter user on that list. Here are a few lists that may be worth following:
The quickest way of following tweets under a certain topic is using hashtags, or typing a topic into the search bar. Here is an example of what tweets come up when you look up #PhysicianAssistants. You’ll notice, topics from Canadian Physician Assistants / Canadian PA organizations dominate the top tweets (@MPASA_Mac, @AnneCCPA, and @PhysicianAssist). Want to know what hashtags to follow? Be sure to see @symplur’s Canadian Healthcare Hashtags.