For quite a while now, my efforts to raise brain tumor awareness has had two focuses:
- Twitter, tweeting under the hashtags #BrainTumorThursday and #BTSM (Brain tumor social media). For this, I have begun to use Empire Avenue to significantly boost retweets which has increased the number of people being exposed to tweets about brain tumors.
- I’ve developed and try to maintain a website that serves as a resource for brain tumor patients, friends, and family TummorWarrior. There is very little content, instead, it works as a sort of gateway to authoritative content and other materials
So then, what next? The answer seemed to just fall into my lap. As you probably know, Facebook began using hastags. Realizing that there could be people using Facebook that aren’t avid users of Twitter; i.e., a new audience. So, it was a “no brainier” (yes, I realize the pun potential of this for folks with brain tumors)> transfer #BrainTumorThursday and #BTSM to Facebook.. That is exactly what I’ve done. I now post on Facebook using the hashtags #BrainTumorThursday and #BTSM.
In addition, there is a new Facebook group for brain tumor awareness and support..
The Facebook efforts are quite new, so it will take a while for them to develop and mature. Still, its worth a visit to see them and my informal ask is the engage or at least become a member of the group.