Social Networking and Twitter
Forensic nurse examiners are by and large late adopters when it comes to technology. While it's fantastic to see so many of you creating pages and posting regularly on Facebook, there's still some untapped potential for spreading information in a far simpler and quicker manner: Twitter.
Up until last week, I hadn't used Twitter for my professional work, mostly because so few forensic clinicians are using it. But I decided to take the plunge anyway and add a Twitter feed to the Forensic Healthcare Online site as a way to start bringing extra content to my readers and as a way to make it easier for people to get the site posts immediately (you can get them via Twitter feed rather than email now if that's your preference). I'm hoping that by doing so, we'll get more people tweeting. You can follow me at @Forensic Health.
If you're a Twitter novice, the way it works is pretty simple: you have a home page that allows you to see the tweets of the folks you're following as they happen. You can also get tweets via text message on your cell, but that would put me over the edge. The people (and organizations) I follow post ideas and links to great resources, some of which I would never have come across otherwise. It's an effective way to share information about your program or a new article you think people should check out. And it's a simple and efficient way to get new supporters for your work. Squidoo put out an overview of how to effectively use Twitter to enhance social marketing efforts that's worth checking out.
Many of our colleagues have a presence on Twitter, and I would encourage you to check them out. Because Twitter isn't just celebrities talking about what they had for breakfast in 140 characters or less. It's a real opportunity to share information and make connections with other colleagues doing our work. And that's invaluable when it comes to sustainability.
Some of the folks I'm following:
- @wcsap (The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs)
- @preventconnect (CalCASA"s Prevention Connection)
- @ORSATF (Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force)
- @NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
- @VAWnet (National Online Resource Center for Violence Against Women)
(You can also search Twitter for people and topics).