Twitter is a great way to keep a finger on the pulse of the latest news in our community.#HPM chat

#HPM–the hospice and palliative medicine hashtag on Twitter–hosts a “tweet chat” each Wednesday at 6pm PT / 9 pm ET.

#ACPforum is a new hashtag designed to coordinate advocates for advance care planning. This group gets together on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Noon PT. Learn more about the ACP Forum.

If you are new to Twitter and need help figuring out how to participate in a tweet chat, here are a few easy steps on getting started:

  1. Register for a Twitter account.
  2. Stay logged in to Twitter… then visit http://www.tchat.io.
  3. In the box in the middle of the TChat home page there is an area to enter a hashtag. Enter #HPM or #ACPforum. Click “Start Chatting.”
  4. The tweet chat page will load and you will see all tweets where a Twitter user used the hashtag.
  5. The page automatically refreshes 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 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 appropriate hashtag for you.

If you do not want to create a Twitter account, you can still “lurk” (observe) the conversation by visiting http://www.tchat.io and entering the hashtag you wish to observe.

You may also try TweetChat.com as an alternative tweet chat website.


For more information, read A Starter’s Guide to Twitter and Hashtags for Hospice and Palliative Medicine by Dr. Matthew Katz, MD.