Social Media at HDFCCC

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center has the following official social media accounts.

Twitter seems to be the most common social platform for our physician-scientists, clinical faculty, lab researchers, and staff.


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For Individuals Looking to Start or Improve a Social Media Account

"For about 15 minutes a day on Twitter, I’m plugged in to the most stimulating and innovative minds on so many topics, from science to policy to advocacy. All delivered in real time, not months or years later..."

How to Get Started on Twitter

Get the Lay of the Land First

  1. View what UCSFCancer Tweets
  2. See what Healthcare Hashtags are used
  3. Read what peers have to say

"The punchline is that when a scientist had more than 1000 followers they exponentially increase their reach and broaden the spread of what is perceived to be credible scientific information. The authors argue that scientists should spend time investing in developing a social media presence." Forbes, 2018

Thinking about Twitter for Academics

UCSF Twitter

Power tweeters Atul Butte and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo offered their hows and whys of using Twitter at this 2019 presentation for UCSF faculty.

Watch the recording of the event: 

Slideshare Presentation Links:

Are you attending a conference and want to follow the conversation on Twitter?


7 Top Tips for live-tweeting conferences
  • Find the conference hashtag with Symplur or Google to see who is already tweeting. For example: #ASCO21
  • Know how to participate
    • Read the policies on live-tweeting at this specific conference (see AACR Social Media Policies for example). Common policies include:
      • No posting of any photos takes during oral or poster sessions
      • Follow requester's wishes on tweeting about data
    • Follow the conference hashtag (#ASCO21)  to see what conversations are taking place
    • Include the hashtag in your tweet (and don't forget to add @UCSFCancer so we know to retweet you!)
  • Before you tweet

Anatomy of a Conference Tweet

Twitter best practices