Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tweetchat Is Terminal! Dying Victim Of Twitter API Changes


I am not talking about our Wednesday 9pm EST (8pm CST /6pm PST)  HPM tweetchat.  Our live palliative tweetchat conversations are alive and well since the inaugural tweetchat  in June 2010.  We would love to have you join us!

What is in a state of demise and is going away June 11 2013 is the web service www.tweetchat.com . This is a site that easily allows you to monitor one subject on Twitter organized around a hashtag.

I have been an avid user of the tweetchat services when looking for specific hashtags of topics that interest me like #HPM #geriatrics #MedEd (Medical Education) and #HCSM (Health Care Social Media). Tweetchat is simple to use and interact when participating in live twitter chats, quickly allowing to favorite messages, respond, retweet, access links, keeping count of the characters and even automatically adding the hashtag to your tweet.

Tweetchat allowed me to find my tribe of fellow palliative care professionals all over the country and the world.  Further bonding occurred when we live tweet from a national conference like AAHPM. How great it is to meet fellow twitter #HPM people in real life after meeting first in tweetchat!

Ok anyways this post is not really about how great #hpm tweetchat is and how to use it, and the wonderful community. You can read that in our previous pallimed post here.

So I was using tweetchat during  the American geriatrics society meeting  #AGS13 on May 3 2013 when suddenly my beloved tweetchat was frozen with  the following message:



In looking for answers to the problem the Tweetchat twitter account had the following information.

There are over a hundred healthcare tweetchats, and many more about just anything (wine, politics, church, etc.) so of course there were several concerned folks asking questions:


While nothing replaces the website based simplicity of Tweetchat.com if you are thinking of participating in our Wednesday night weekly chats you can always try HootSuite and Tweetdeck (app based) and a newer site called oneQube has recently sprung up promising to fill the void.