The College of Optometrists

About social media

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Social media describes internet-based applications which allow individuals to create and exchange content and communicate with others. Examples of social media can include forums, blogs, microblogs (for example Twitter), wikis, podcasts, content communities (for example YouTube and Flickr), and social networking sites (for example Facebook and LinkedIn).235
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You should follow the principles and standards of good communication if you are communicating in a professional or personal capacity, irrespective of the medium. See sections on Partnership with patients and Working with colleagues.
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You should not share identifiable information about patients in an internet chat forum as this would be an improper disclosure. See section on Confidentiality.
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You must respect copyright if you link or include images or other material.

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