Organize your Twitter followers Whether you have 50 followers or 50,000, you can use Twitter lists to organize those followers based on any grouping method you want. For example, rheum educators, rheum movers and shakers, etc. Never miss a tweet Your Twitter feed can sometimes seem like an endless pit of updates, because quite frankly, it is. Creating Twitter lists allow for a quick and easy way to catch up with those updates you actually want to monitor. You can simply click on the list you want to view, and scroll through its members’ updates any time you want to catch up. Gain potential new followers Whenever you add someone new to a public list, they will get a notification letting them know you have done so. This is a great way to increase your visibility with Twitter users who you do not follow. For example, if you add someone to an ‘Influencers’ list, they may come back and thank you with a follow.
Twitter for Rheumatologists
Christopher Collins, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Georgetown University Medical School
Program Director, Division of Rheumatology
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
A Brief History
• Created in 2006
• Rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over
1 billion registered users as of 2014 (284 million
monthly active, 220 million from outside USA)
• 500 million Tweets are sent per day
• 46% of Twitter users Tweet at least once in a
“Twitter is a big cocktail party that
you are dropping in on from time
to time to listen to what people are
saying and join in.”
- Vineet Arora (@FutureDocs)
Top Twitter Myths & Tips, FutureDocs Blog
Twitter in a nutshell
Twitter isn't exactly a foreign language, but it
may seem that way to newcomers. Here's
some basic terminology you'll need to know:
Username: Everyone on the service has a unique
username. In order to talk to someone on Twitter, you
have to address them by their username, preceded by an
@ symbol. ex. @RheumPearls
Tweet: A public message posted on Twitter. Your message
can be just text or include links, videos, or photos. ex.
"She tweeted about an interesting abstract she saw at the
Retweet: When you repost a message from someone
else, you're retweeting it. Usually these messages are
preceded by RT.
Reply: If you want to reply to someone who has posted
an update on Twitter, just start your message with
@username to direct it at them. Remember, though: this
isn't a private conversation!
Direct Message: In addition to the public tweets, you can
also send private direct messages to anyone who follows
you (though they won't be able to message you back
unless you also follow them).
Hashtag: Words after a # symbol are hashtags, which can
be used to track conversations or topics on Twitter. You
can easily search for hashtags to find information or see
which hashtags are trending.
Follow: You follow people on Twitter to see their updates
(similar to friending someone on Facebook), but in this
case you don't need their permission unless their Twitter
account is set to private.
• Organize your Twitter followers
• Organize followers based on any grouping method you want.
For example, rheum educators, rheum movers and shakers,
• Never miss a tweet
• Your Twitter feed can sometimes seem like an endless pit of
updates, because quite frankly, it is.
• Gain potential new followers
• Whenever you add someone new to a public list, they will
get a notification letting them know you have done so.
• Many, many, many
to choose from
How to attract
59 million followers 16 million followers 49 million followers
Follow lots and lots of people
(Some of them are bound to follow you back)
How to attract
Be the world’s most
• Join a chat
• Post a link
• Spout an opinion
• Tag it with a hashtag!
How to attract