Friday, 22 November 2013 17:50

SASM2013's Twitterwall

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During the #SASM2013 Conference, all participants are invited to post opinions, reports, and feedback on the meeting’s Twitter Wall.

Simply tweet using your laptop or smartphone using the official conference hashtag: #SASM2013

How do people use Twitter at conferences? Here is a list:

  1. Share highlights of a interesting topic that was presented.
  2. Share resources about a topic presented, i.e. an interesting web link, pdf article etc.
  3. Ask a question about a topic or conference event.
  4. Share your conference experience.

Lastly, keep the content of the tweets as relevant as possible. The Twitterwall is extremely useful for people who cannot physically attend the conference to follow whats happening at #SASM2013.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 18:26

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Monday, 18 November 2013 19:21

SASM Newsletter subscription

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Do you have colleagues or new students that are not receiving SASM's newsletter? Kindly forward the following link ( in an email to them to sign up!

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Sunday, 17 November 2013 10:54

Participate in the SASM2013 Twitter Wall!

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TwitterDuring the SASM2013 Conference, all participants are invited to post opinions, reports, and feedback on the meeting’s Twitter Wall. The Twitter Wall can be viewed at the Convention Center’s Main Lobby. All you need is a mobile device with an installed Twitter app, or a web browser.

Setting Up A Twitter Account

Go to, and sign up. You will need to enter identifying information and agree to the terms of service. You will need to verify your email address before continuing.  Twitter will walk you through a setup wizard of sorts, and ask you to follow five or more people. This is optional, though the website doesn’t give you an option to skip it. Search for “#SASM2013” if you wish to follow the messages at the conference. Otherwise, at this point, if you don’t want to go any further in the setup wizard, go back to and independently update your profile page and if desired, add a photo.  Other Twitter users like to see photos of tweeters.

Install a Twitter Application on your Mobile Device

One option for using Twitter is to install a Twitter app on your mobile device. Go to and select your device.  If you do not wish to install an app for Twitter, you can still use Twitter within your web browser.

Sending a Tweet to the SASM2013 Twitter Wall

You can do this within the Twitter app on your mobile device, or on the Twitter website. On the website, you can post a tweet by clicking on Home and then type inside the left-hand box that says “Compose new Tweet”. You are limited to 140 characters in a single tweet. At the end of each message, in order for your message to appear on the Twitter wall, you must put #SASM2013 at the end, such as:
Plenary Speaker Dr. Jones starting now – hall packed, exciting, standing rm only! #SASM2103

Twitter Etiquette

All incoming tweets are monitored by ASRM staff, and those tweets that show up with the hashtag #SASM2013 and that pass moderation will be posted to the Twitter Wall.  In order for a tweet to pass moderation, the following guidelines should be kept in mind:
  • Messages must be about Meeting content or activities.
  • Messages cannot contain personal information.
  • Messages cannot personally attack another person.
  • Messages that SASM considers unprofessional will not be displayed on the Twitter Wall.

We hope you’ll join us in tweeting the #SASM2013 Meeting in November!

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