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Are you for real?: Twitter credibility and #SLPeeps

This chat is officially completed. To read the archived tweets you can go to chat #1 at 4:30 pm Sydney, Australia time and you can go to chat #2 at 2 pm New York, US time. They are slightly different as different people participated and bring up different points or end up focusing on slightly different areas.


#slpchat is proud to announce that we are officially 1 year old! For our first chat of 2012, we are trying something new; we will be hosting the same chat twice.  Shareka and I have joined forces with the Aussies, meaning that #slpchat will run on February 5th at 4:30 pm Sydney (Australia) time (hosted by @SpeechieLO and @bronwynah as @SLPChat) and AGAIN at 2:00 pm Toronto/New York time also on February 5th (hosted by your usual @SLPChat moderators you know and, we hope, love).

Both chats will be ‘chirpified’ and posted here on the blog for your reading pleasure after the fact. If you are wondering which chat is best for you to attend, you can check out everytimezone.com and put the yellow line to either 4 pm Sydney time or 2 pm New York time to figure out when the chat will occur in your own time zone. So, without further ado, I bring you our topic blog post to get you thinking before the chat (written by @bronwynah). Take it away, Bronwyn!
How do we judge one another as real, credible, speech language pathologists? How do consumers see our handles – what is in our name, bio, and tweet repertoire – that might ‘ring true’ as being a qualified speech language pathologist? From those (#SLPeeps) who tweet anonymously for various reasons, but align themselves with the #SLPeeps community, and those who tweet ‘as themselves’ but without authentication – the ‘blue tick’ of Twitter- there is a huge
variation in how #SLPeeps present themselves to the ‘online public’ and to one another.

Tweeting anonymously, or identifying oneself by authentic name and biographical information, there are many variations upon the theme. However, it is interesting to discuss what might motivate some people to presenting themselves a certain way on Twitter, and how that impacts upon us, our service employers, our consumers, and potentially our own families. Seemingly too much to discuss in one twitter chat, we will simply keep ourselves to this:

  •  How do we judge plausibility and veracity of ‘twitter profiles’ presenting themselves as #SLPeeps?
  •  How do we present ourselves, and why? What leads us to tweet anonymously, or as identifying ourselves, and what do both of these positions allow?
  • Does it really matter, that the bulk of the #SLPeeps profiles, aligned as SLPs in the ‘twitter community, are not verified or verifiable?  Does it really matter if a person you are tweeting with about SLP issues, is not reallyan SLP? What legal issues arise? What interpersonal or professional issues might arise?
  •  How do consumers, families, parents, and people who seek the services of an SLP, discriminate all of this andmake some critical judgements about twitter handles and the information being tweeted by presumed ‘experts’?

Please join us on Sunday, February 5th at 4:30 pm Sydney time and/or at 2:00 pm New York time to discuss these issues and the potential further reaching issues surrounding online presence and professionals.

If you have never participated in #slpchat, but want to, you can go to our various tabs at the top of this page such as “What is SLPChat?“, “How to Participate“, and “SLPChat Tips“. We hope to see you there!

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