One of biggest benefits of joining Twitter is the opportunity to advance professional knowledge while growing personal connections with colleagues in your specialty. You’ll keep up with the latest research, discover upcoming events, and read opinions from notable surgeons. Start by following surgical societies, journals, and leading surgeons (both domestic and international).You should also follow non-surgeon physicians and patients who are positively-effecting the medical industry.
Be sure read the related article describing a few especially interesting Twitter accounts you might want to check out.
How to Sign Up for Twitter
Below you’ll find an illustrated step-by-step guide for setting up your Twitter account.
1. Go to https://twitter.com and find the sign-up box, or go directly to https://twitter.com/signup.
2. Enter your full name, email address, and a password.
3. Click “Sign up.”
4. Enter a username. (Usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter.) If your username isn’t available, keep trying different versions until Twitter accepts it. Usernames should be easy for people to type so don’t make it too complex.
5. Next, you’ll be asked to enter your cell number. You can skip this for now if you like.
6. Select topics you’d like to include in your Twitter feed (the tweets you receive). Your choices will populate a list you’ll see in the next dialog box.
7. You’ll now see a long list of well known, popular twitter accounts selected according to the topics you chose above. All accounts are included in your feed by default.
Your task is to choose only those you’d really like to follow. You can also type in the name(s) of people you already know, to follow them as well. The blue “Continue” command button displays how many accounts you’re choosing to follow. Don’t worry too much about it. You can always unfollow them later.
8. You’re done! YAY.
- Bookmark this page in your browser so you can return for a quick 10-minute daily read-through. It’s like reading the newpaper only better.
- There’s a lot more you can do with Twitter but for now, just get used to checking your feed for breaking news on topics you’re most interested in following. Congrats!