ResearchGate is an academic social network which provides a forum for researchers to share and collaborate with colleagues.
Twitter is a social media tool which can facilitate communities of practice.
A hashtag is any word beginning with a # symbol. People use hashtage to reference a specific topic. Clicking on a hashtag takes you to the search results for that termm, e.g. #pelvichealth, #incontinence.
Create a Twitter account and follow colleagues' tweets. When following someone on Twitter you are subscribing to that user's updates on your timeline.
Twitter usernames or "handles" start with an @ symbol. Your username should be descriptive. The username for the University of Ottawa's Motor Function Measurement Lab is @mfmlabUOttawa.
Start tweeting, and soon you'll have your own followers. Tweet (i.e. message) about your research, your practice, and your professional reading. Tweets are brief, maximum 140 characters in length including.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) feeds allow you to automatically receive new blog posts, journal tables of contents, or new PubMed search results, without clogging up your e-mail in-box.