#BTSM is a patient-run, Twitter community and is not owned by any organization, nonprofit or otherwise. We are for patients, by patients. Use the #BTSM hashtag anytime, and join us for a live Twitter chat on the first Sunday of each month.

#BTSM stands for Brain Tumor Social Media. Tweet chat moderators organize monthly conversation topics, and “book” special guest tweeters from the brain tumor community, such as healthcare professionals, researchers and advocates.

#BTSM tweet chat basics

Date: First Sunday of each month
Time: 6 p.m. Pacific / 9 p.m. Eastern
Note: From time to time the chat may coincide with national holiday or other important event. Follow @BTSMchat on Twitter to find out if the chat is rescheduled.

How to participate in a tweet chat

  1. Register for a Twitter account. Scared of Twitter? Hey–if you have a Facebook account, you can find your way around Twitter.
  2. Stay logged in to Twitter… then visit TChat.io
  3. In the box in the middle of the TChat home page, there is an area to enter a “hashtag.” (Find out what a hashtag is.) The brain tumor social media hashtag is #BTSM. Then click “Start Chatting.”
  4. The #BTSM tweet chat page will load and you will see all tweets where a Twitter user used that #BTSM hashtag.
  5. The page will automatically refresh itself every few seconds to load more tweets.
  6. When you are ready to take part in the tweet chat you must click the “Sign in” button in the upper-right corner of the TChat.io page. TChat will then want to link your Twitter account to the TChat website. This is safe to do! Click “Authorize app.”
  7. Once you are logged in there will be a box at the top of the page where you can enter your message (tweet). This box will automatically add the #BTSM hashtag for you.

Leave questions for me in the comments… or tweet at me @TheLizArmy or tweet to @CBlotner_.