The diabetes online community is gathering on Twitter every week, and there’s someone missing — you!

If you haven’t already succumbed to the temptation of Twitter, we hope with these simple instructions in hand that you’ll join our #DCDE Twitter community. Diabetic Connect hosts a weekly Twitter chat, #DCDE, which stands for “Diabetic Connect Diabetes Education”. The chat is every Tuesday evening at 9:00 pm EST.

You may already be engaging with Diabetic Connect on Facebook or Pinterest. If you aren’t, please do! You’ll find that they’re a rich resource of information for living healthfully with diabetes.

Why Join a #DCDE Chat?

diabetes communities support and inspire

There’s power in community; we share a common thread because of diabetes. Tweets such as Craig’s @HumnPincushion tweet above are a testament to this. You’ll discover that we talk (tweet) about anything and everything diabetes related; there’s no stone left unturned. Weekly expert guests alongside myself, the moderator @She_Sugar, guide a positive diabetes driven conversation about exercise, emotions, the words we use, advocacy, healthcare providers, technology, diet, and more. Our expert guests include endocrinologists, dietitians, CDEs, psychologists and more.

Whether you’re living with type 1, type 2, or type 1.5, it doesn’t matter — everyone is included, at the end of the day diabetes is diabetes regardless of its label.

Get a Twitter Account — It’s Easy (and Free)!

There’s no experience necessary — seriously — just your computer or smartphone and you’re all set. Visit Twitter to set up an account and get rolling.

Picking your “handle” or Twitter name is a fun part of the process; get creative. Once your account is set up, search for Diabetic Connect and click on the blue follow button.

Diabetic Connect on Twitter

Twitter 101

Twitter is an effective place to gather people with commonalities for a live, interactive chat. Give it a try, or find us during the Twitter chat and feel free to “lurk” and discover what we’re all about before you dive in.

During the hour-long tweet chat we typically post six questions; participants respond directly to the questions and to one another.

You can see all the tweets other people post by searching for the hashtag #DCDE in the search bar on the upper right hand corner of the screen. Searching for the hashtag is crucial to interacting with others during the chat.

The Nitty Gritty

• In the upper right hand of your screen you will see a teal box with a feather and the word “Tweet” — click on this to write a tweet.

tweeting in diabetes community

• Formatting a tweet:
Include the question number at the beginning of your response: Q1, Q2, etc. + your answer + #DCDE — which will keep you in the conversation flow.

• Your tweet will look something like this:

Jewels tweet

• Twitter has a 140 character limit on all tweets, which makes you think before you post to keep it short and sweet.
• If you want to retweet someone’s tweet, you will want to place a RT in front of their tweet. That looks something like this:

retweeting for Diabetic Connect #DCDE

• When you like what someone has to say, you can reply to his or her tweet by clicking on the back arrow (see above), you can easily retweet someone’s tweet by clicking on the recycled arrow icon (see above) or favorite his or her tweet by clicking on the star (see above).
• You can use Twitter, TweetDeck, Hootsuite or another application that you’re most comfortable with.

The conversation flow begins to look like this:

What about clinical terms like 'non-compliant' makes it different to hear?

judging diabetes management

many people living with diabetes stick to their treatment plan

We look forward to having you on #DCDE to share your life experiences, opinions and pearls of wisdom. Hope to see you any Tuesday evening at 9:00 pm EST!

To view examples of #DCDE Twitter chats:

Diabetes Advocacy and Awareness to Eliminate Stigma: #DCDE Twitter Chat Summary
Diabetes and Exercise: #DCDE Twitter Chat Summary
The Raw Emotions of Diabetes: #DCDE Twitter Chat Highlights