Social Media Guidelines for AAFP Events

The AAFP welcomes and encourages the use of social media by members. This includes the use of social media at AAFP events, such as the Annual Scientific Assembly. As a courtesy to other members, as well as to presenters at such events, we ask that you follow accepted social media etiquette.


  • Follow us on Twitter @AAFP(
    • Use the hash tag #AAFPSA for Assembly-related tweets.
  • Follow us on Facebook at
  • Join the AAFP's LinkedIn group, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)(
  • Blog or tweet about the conference and CME sessions (without sharing proprietary information or data).
  • Engage with other members -- schedule meet-ups, plan to meet at one of the scheduled events, check into events to see who else is there.
  • Provide feedback to AAFP staff -- discuss topics of interest, comment on the sessions and format, etc.
  • Be respectful in tone and content -- remember, your posts are public and live forever.
  • Consider sitting near the back of the room if tweeting or blogging to avoid distracting session presenters or other participants.
    • Mute your cellphone/laptop/tablet volume to avoid embarrassing disruptions.
  • Leave room for retweets!


  • Use photographic or other recording devices -- these are prohibited unless you are a member of the press and have permission from the AAFP Director of Public Relations.
  • Capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the meeting -- this may preclude subsequent publication of the data in a scholarly journal. Please do not jeopardize your colleagues' work!
  • Engage in rudeness or personal attacks.