Tweetchats are when a group of people all tweet about the same topic using hashtag (such as #IrishMed) that allows it to be followed on Twitter.

How to observe (or lurk, as we say in twitterspeak);

Simply click on the #irishmed hashtag on a tweet to see all of the recent tweets around it. You can try to follow the chat from your own Twitter feed, but if it’s a big chat you can quickly lose the thread of the conversation. Fortunately there are a number of sites that allow you to follow the chat only and participate more easily, e.g Tchat.io or Tweetchat.com

Try one of these options and see if it works for you.

 

How to participate; (much more fun)

The curator welcomes participants, asks the questions and generally keeps the conversation on track, and for each different chat we have an expert co-host who has posed the questions and will help answer them

When you join #IrishMed, spend a moment to scan the background information provided. Who is the featured co-host? What questions have been posted? What is the theme of the chat?

Feel free to share tweets from within the chat with your network, perhaps by re-tweeting or with comments, but DON’T forget to use the hashtag so people can follow along.

If you ask a question or respond to someone in the chat, use the #IrishMed hashtag so everyone can be in on the conversation.

If you make a statement, be prepared to back it up with an appropriate reference. Similarly, if you see something incorrect, be prepared to challenge it; robust discussion is fine, but no incivility please.

It’s OK to greet your friends who are participating in #Irishmed; we’re not big on formality (hence our mission statement).

You might want to let people know you’ll be participating in #IrishMed in advance; this is a nice way to support us and let your you followers know know you may be tweeting a lot during that time.