WONCA Europe 2012: Tweet with us!

Manual / Guideline

This year, we would like to propose an easy way to comment on the WONCA Europe conference and VdGM preconference: Twitter! You will be able to make observations and give feedback on presentations in real time or suggest a workshop to your friends and colleagues and much more!

Twitter is an online social networking tool in which users post 140 character updates of what is going on in their lives along with links to things they think are interesting or useful to their followers. People use Twitter in many ways, some as a newsfeed by following prominent people or networks, some as a pseudo-chatroom and some as a microblog for updating people about the work they are doing and their personal lives.

If this introduction confused you, don't give up! For some basics on the idea behind Twitter, just click here and watch a two-minute video that puts it in plain English.

First register

Now, on to creating an account, which is actually a piece of cake! Just head to www.twitter.com and register yourself with your email address; the procedure will require 5 minutes barely.


And then tweet

You can post tweets easily using your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc.) of your computer or mobile phone. You can also use dedicated applications, which enrich the experience. In fact, there is a wide range of applications on all mobile phones (iPhones, Androids, Blackberries and Windows Phones included, with apps such as TweetDeck and Yoono). So log in and start tweeting!



Channel your tweets

But wait, how are others going to know that I'm talking about the VdGM activities in the WONCA conference? It's actually very simple (seriously!) and involves only the use of a special label: the hashtag. By using it, you can label tweets so that other users can see tweets on the same topic. Hashtags contain no spaces or punctuation and begin with the "#" symbol. Many times at events like conferences or concerts, the organizers will tell attendees to add a particular hash tag to their tweets to gather opinions about the event and unite people at the same event.

So there's the fun part: you can post your own comments on the preconference and conference placing our special hashtag after each message: #vdgm



Now other people will know that your message is about the VdGM activities in the WONCA conference.



In fact, the hashtag has automatically been converted into a link and clicking on it will take you to a page with all the tweets tagged with this label from all users (i.e. not only from those you follow).

For a better way to track and monitor all WONCA 2012 VdGM tweets, just visit Tweetchat: http://tweetchat.com/room/vdgm!

That's it! Don't forget you can tweet anything notable, your own ideas, opinions and point of views regarding the conference. Your participation will be really important!

Vasco da Gama Movement's official account is @VdGMeu. Just click on the 'Follow' button to add it among the people you follow: this way, any updates posted will be shown on your stream.


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