Pharmacy guide to enjoying Twitter and maintaining your professional integrity. Also not getting struck off/fired [Not legally binding]

1] Don’t put where you work in your bio or talk about your company

Unless you are tweeting in an official capacity, we don’t need to know where you work and neither does your company. Also mentioning your company in your tweets is a no no.

2] Don’t use your full name

People on Twitter are still strangers. Crazy people tweet too.

3] Turn off GPS tagging

Letting us know the street where you are tweeting from may end in tears.

4] Don’t slag off your boss or follow them

People generally don’t like their boss. Bosses are not there to be liked. If you are not happy with them, go read a book [mine] and come back when you have calmed down. Following them on twitter is asking for trouble, but you never know if they’re following you!

5] Don’t slag off your co-workers

See last rule and change some words around.

6] Don’t use patient names or make any references that could identify a person/patient

You may want to discuss what happened during your day, either to unwind, share with or educate others but keep it anonymous.

7] Do have a bio and include your job title

A funny egg profile picture and no bio is a recipe for no followers. It’s good to know if you are a student, pre-reg, tech etc. and it helps people chose to follow you. Don’t include your qualifications though.

8] Don’t tweet at work

I can’t condone tweeting at work, also some companies and organisations have strict policies on this. Read them. Ignorance is not an excuse.

9] Do tweet at work

If you have a problem and can’t find the answer, consider tweeting it. There are lots of knowledgeable people on Twitter who ignore rule 8.

10] Tweet

No point being on there if you don’t tweet.

11] Join in hashtags

They are fun

12] Don’t just talk about pharmacy

‘Hello, is that the kettle? It’s the pot here..’ Yes, I know I talk a lot about pharmacy but I do have lots of pointless conversations too. It’s fun!

13] Don’t be too serious

Participate in discussions about serious issues in pharmacy, but don’t be uptight. 140 characters doesn’t always capture tone/irony so don’t leap to the wrong conclusions. Mind you, we don’t mind a bit of healthy banter now and again.

14] Don’t ask for followers

It’s really not cool and is likely to result in you being followed by a lot of spam tweeters. You’ll be hit the block button for the next week. If you want followers, just tweet ‘Bieber loves Viagra’

15] Reply to people who tweet you

It’s called manners. I try to reply to the majority of tweets. It’s not always possible though.


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