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Twitter chats, also called “tweetchats”, have increasingly become a way to discuss key topics and exchange knowledge and resources among experts and community members. Twitter chats can be excellent opportunities to network with those in your field, learn about new topics, and gain visibility for your work. Many HIV organizations host Twitter chats on health topics, during HIV awareness days relevant to their organization or community, and/or during HIV/AIDS conferences.
Perhaps, you've already participated in one of these tweetchats. However, unless you’re an avid tweeter, a Twitter chat can be a little intimidating. At HIV.gov, Twitter is our busiest social media space with over 263,000 followers to date. We are always looking for ways to engage with our community through social media, including Twitter. Here are a few tips for you when leading or participating in a Twitter chat:
The HIV community offers diverse expert opinions on a multitude of topics. A Twitter Chat can be a great way to network and see what others are saying about specific topics in the field.This is also a great opportunity to contribute your own valuable information and get your questions answered.Jenna Gaarde, the Project Coordinator at YTH shares that, “While conversations about health resources and information are not limited to the Twittersphere, Twitter is an accessible and useful medium to raise many voices from all over, and create connections for future partnerships and collaborations. The #YTHHIV tweetchat garnered 350 unique tweets over the course of the hour, with over 30 experts working in the field of HIV, health, and education. The Tweetchat helped YTH engage its audiences with voices that provided a new perspective.”
Organizing a Twitter Chat includes creating a roadmap for the discussion, inviting participants, and promoting the chat throughout the community, shared with us three tips that the HIV community can use when organizing a chat:
In recognition of National HIV Testing Day 2014 and the YTH HIV Prevention and Education chat. Participating in a Twitter Chat can mean asking questions, answering questions, or just listening in on the conversation by following the specified hashtag. A few important tips to keep in mind when participating are:
What have been your experiences with twitter chats? Let us know in the comments!Want to join one of our Twitter chats? Follow HIV.gov on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest updates on new media topics and events.