#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 organizers 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 the #BTSM tweet chat

  1. Register for a Twitter account.
  2. Follow @BTSMchat, the official moderator account for the #BTSM tweet chat.
  3. Find the #BTSM conversation: Go to the Twitter search box and enter #BTSM. Click “Enter/Return” on your keyboard, or the spyglass icon, to start your search.
  4. By default, Twitter will show you the “Top” search results, which are usually tweets associated with the hashtag that have received the most Likes and Retweets over the last few days. This is NOT what you want. What you DO want to do is click the word “Latest,” which will show you the most recent tweets using the hashtag. Or, click this handy link as a shortcut: Recent tweets with #BTSM hashtag.
  5. From here you will see tweets that include #BTSM listed in reverse chronological order… In other words, the most recent tweets will appear at the top of the list.
  6. When new tweets are sent with the hashtag, Twitter will alert you by refreshing every 15 seconds or so and add a message to the top of the search that there are “X new results.”
  7. Sometimes tweet chats can be very fast-paced. During a chat, 15-30 new tweets may appear ever 15 seconds! It’s ok if you don’t get a chance to read everything.
  8. When you are ready to jump in, click reply or retweet to join with others in the conversation.
  9. This is the most important thing: Remember to include the hashtag #BTSM somewhere your tweet! If you don’t add #BTSM it will not appear in the search feed and no one will see your tweet. You need the hashtag to be part of the conversation.
  10. Lurk and listen: Many new Twitter users may watch and read the chat for a while before joining in. That’s totally fine! Just send a simple tweet with “#BTSM” so we know you are listening.

If you have have suggestions on how to improve the tweet chats, or recommendations for a guest, we want to hear from you!

Send a message to one of our tweet chat organizers: