How to join in with #CSSMchat

Our first #CSSMchat is in two days! We can’t believe how quickly time has flown, but we are eager to get started! If this is your first time participating in a Twitter chat, please do read the handy guide below to make sure you get the most out of your experience.

Always use the #CSSMchat tag on your tweets

Using the tag means that everybody in the chat can see what you are saying. We recommend using the tag to follow along with the chat, rather than looking at the @CancerSurvSM profile page – we will retweet some of the chat tweets here, but might not keep up with everything. To do this, you can put #CSSMchat in the search bar on Twitter on whichever device you are using and new tweets will pop up in real-time on your feed.

Searching #CSSMchat on Twitter desktop or any app will mean you see all of the tweets from the chat in real-time.

Introduce yourself if you feel comfortable doing so

Our facilitator will introduce themselves and then invite you to do the same. We would love to know who you are and what brings you to #CSSMchat, but also appreciate that some people just want to see what is going on and might not want to identify themselves. This is completely fine – you can always hop in and tweet at any point of the chat if you feel like it.

Chat topics

Our facilitator will introduce 4 chat topics throughout the chat. They will be numbered T1-4. When responding to a conversation topic, its great if you

For example:


T1: Do you find that you are more or less active now than you were before your cancer experience? #CSSMchat


A1: I’m definitely less active now than I was before, I experience sporadic pain sometimes even when walking, so I’m reluctant to try more intense exercise. #CSSMchat

Keeping language simple and accessible

Our chat is for survivors, researchers, advocates, family members and healthcare professionals. We absolutely want researchers to make new connections and talk about their work and research interests, we just ask that you bear in mind that #CSSMchat is a community where we want everyone to be able to participate and understand the conversations that are going on. Hence, if you are talking about your work and research interests, please try to use language which is free from jargon and acronyms to ensure that everyone is able to understand you.

At the end of the chat hour

In the last 5 minutes of the chat, the facilitator will thank everyone for coming and briefly summarise some of the takeaways from the chat. Please do feel free to continue talking afterwards and make new connections and contacts from the chat.

After the chat

We will be working to create chat summaries posted on this blog site so that everyone can go back and look at the key takeaways from the discussion. We also hope that people who weren’t able to make the chat because of time zone differences or other commitments can then catch up and be involved in our community.

What if I have any problems during the chat?

Both our facilitator and an admin will be monitoring the #CSSMchat tag during the session – feel free to ask any questions using that tag, or DM us at the @CancerSurvSM account and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We really hope you will join us for what we hope will be the first of many CSSM chats!

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