Last Updated on October 14, 2021 by BTS 101

BTS and Twitter

BTS embraced Twitter back in 2013 and has never looked back. Twitter is still their primary social media platform other than vLive and Weverse; they have one main account (@bts_twt) and all members post individual tweets there on a regular basis. Most of ARMY hangs out there too and there is an avalanche of daily content, chit chat, sharing of old photos and links, discussion of upcoming events, and more. A Twitter account is also the easiest way to vote for fan-voted awards like the Billboard Music Social Award, so go get one!

Some accounts to follow to start you off include:

  • BTS members account: @bts_twt – this is where the members themselves will post selfies and notes to each other. All the members show up here from time to time but Jimin, SUGA, and RM are the most frequent posters; usually all of them post birthday wishes when one of them has a birthday.
  • BTS official: @bts_bighit – this is the BigHit account for BTS and where they will release official shots from photo shoots, links to Bangtan Bombs and TV appearances, and upcoming information.
  • HYBE Labels official account: @HYBEOFFICIALtwt – this is the HYBE parent company account where you’ll get news about the new headquarters (opened May 2021) and direction for the company; it’s amazing what ARMY can deduce about the future of BTS from HYBE’s annual shareholder reports.
  • Bangtan Style: @Bangtan_Style07 – is able to ID the clothes the members wear on every occasion almost instantly. It’s mind boggling how much j-hope’s wardrobe is worth.
  • BTS Trans: @BTS_Trans – Bangtan Subs Twitter account, they translate Weverse and Tweets by BTS into English.
  • Qdoeks – also known as niki, nikiki, and @rubberdoekies. A mysterious Twitter user who always seems to have insider information about BTS before it’s officially announced, who live-streams a lot of paid and Korea-only content so everyone can access it, and posts digital versions of their DVDs online. There’s an ongoing rumour that qdoeks is actually SUGA; that seems unlikely, but she’s someone who probably works for BigHit. She usually gets to keep/use her Twitter account for a few months at a time before it gets yanked for copyright infringement – then she’ll pop up again with a new account shortly afterwards. She also has a website with tons of illegal content – https://rubberdeokies.com/ – but it also gets taken down on the regular due to copyright issues. In any case, it’s worth it to try to see if she’s up and running and find her on Twitter to get all the scoop! 
  • Twitter translators – translators on Twitter come and go so it’s hard to make a permanent list, but see below for some suggestions. There are always a handful of dedicated ARMY on Twitter who try to live-translate vLive appearances and other TV appearances as they are happening, and who translate their Weverse posts (as the Weverse auto-translator is notoriously and hilariously terrible). Always be gracious to these valiant volunteers – like their tweets, let them know you love them by thanking and commenting, and donate if you can. Some to try (as of summer 2021) include:
  • BTS Chart Data (@btschartdata) has millions of followers with good reason – they keep track of BTS stats worldwide and they also organize online listening parties that are very popular.
  • BTS Index (@index_bts) gathers all of BTS’ appearances on their comprehensive website and posts regularly on Twitter when something new comes out, from interviews to videos to variety show appearances.
  • BTS Daily Info (@BTSDailyInfo, also on Instagram) is another good account to follow to just keep up with the daily flood of new content and not miss anything.
  • There are a lot of really creative and funny fan accounts on Twitter too – you’ll quickly find your own audience. But we personally recommend these fan accounts that speak directly to our hearts:
    • Seokjin Fridge (@refrijinator) – Hilarious postings comparing Jin to a variety of fridges.
    • TinyTAN Official (@TinyTANOfficial) – These are the makers of the adorable TinyTAN videos and they post frequent content here, images and shorter video clips.
    • BTS lyrics (@versesofbts) – get a daily song lyric quote
    • Dream Glow Magazine (@dreamglowmag) – Feeling creative? Dream Glow is a beautiful magazine published in the US by a dedicated team of volunteers, featuring poems, stories, and artwork created by ARMY and inspired by BTS (but not necessarily strictly BTS themed). They also created this awesome and funny Buzzfeed quiz.
    • Little Poems (@littlepoems) – posts charming combinations of a beautiful BTS photo and a matching short love poem – very swoony and romantic!
    • nia (@hopeggukkie) is one of a small group of ARMY who have been composing a song in honour of BTS, and compiling a fan-made video to share with the band, since Festa 2020. Follow her for news about future ARMY-made creative musical projects.
    • BTS MVP (@BTSMVP14) – Two Canadian fans who have a BTS themed YouTube channel – they sometimes have giveaways too (full disclosure – this is our Twitter account!).
    • Kate Halliwell (@katehalliwell) and Jenna Guillaume (@jennaguillaume) are two journalists who write funny and charming articles about a variety of kPop bands, including BTS from time to time. You should read Kate’s breakdown of BTS’ hair eras on The Ringer immediately, and then follow that up with her charming and delightful analysis of every pre-MOTS BTS era.
    • Robyn (@bangtanwineclub) – Canadian funny lady who also hosts online BTS listening parties sometimes. She also has a BTS related podcast with her sister Tara.
    • East2West (@E2Wofficial) – Twitter account for East2West, which is a dance crew located in Montreal, Canada. They do amazing dance covers of kPop songs including some amazing BTS versions (and some funny ones too – check out their “high heels” versions of some BTS choreo!). Set aside at least a whole afternoon to dig into their YouTube channel, too.

BTS Twitter Icons

When Twitter users are translating for BTS or quoting them, they often use icons to represent each member rather than typing out their whole name. There are a few different sets of emoticons for the members you might see, because there is no “official” set. Here are two different ones.

This set was used by BigHit themselves when captioning a vLive BTS did to celebrate hitting 10M followers on Twitter (which is what gave ARMY the idea):

This is the more commonly used set by Twitter translators these days:

Other Social Media Platforms

Other than Twitter, you can also find official BTS accounts on Facebook (also BigHit), Instagram, and TikTok, although they are pretty sporadically updated and usually just re-post the official content from Twitter. BTS used to be more active on TikTok and you can still find them posting cute dance videos there on occasion, especially j-hope.

The members themselves only have individual accounts (that we know of) on Weverse. There you will find them posting selfies on occasion, and commenting on posts made by fans from time to time (they always cause total chaos and much excitement when they do). You will most often find V and Jin leaving comments for people; j-hope and RM posting pictures of their daily adventures; and SUGA posting selfies. Jimin will occasionally swoop in for a festival of commenting on the rare occasion, while Jungkook is a unicorn that hasn’t really been seen on Weverse much at all.

ARMY on Social Media

As for ARMY, you’ll find them all over and one thing you’ll soon discover is that ARMY is endlessly creative. Especially on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, you will find many ARMY accounts that post daily memes that are truly hilarious, post old images that are iconic and heartwarming, and post fan-made art and animations that are gorgeous and inspiring. The best thing to do is to create an account on the platform you’re most interested in, and get interacting! There is literally no end to the deep well of fresh BTS fan-made content that will bring you daily joy.

Be sure to search for ARMY groups in your area, too. Even if you just want to lurk, most major cities across North America have their own BTS fan group that plans activities and does giveaways. There’s also a BTS Canada and BTS US group that have websites and social media accounts full of localized information about appearances, tickets, and local times for aired events that are worth finding and following.

In general the online community is really positive. But you may come across “solo stans” or “akgaes” – people who believe one particular member is being downplayed too much, and as such should go solo – and these fans tend to be a little aggressive and angry, so for positivity’s sake in your timeline, it’s best to stay away. There are also “sasaengs” – these are obsessive fans who go too far to try to have contact with BTS, from approaching them during their private time, breaking into backstage areas, or even borderline stalking. You might see other negative terms being thrown around too, like “delulu” (someone who is obsessed with unproven rumours or fantasies, often romantic in nature) or “koreaboo” (someone who is not Korean or of Korean heritage, but who is obsessed with the culture to the point of claiming to be a part of it and speaking as an authority). Usually the larger ARMY community will identify and decry these types of fans right away; luckily they are a very small percentage of fans and you can find lots of fun, friendly, quality fans online to interact with instead.

Standing Up for Social Causes

BTS uses their massive international platform to promote social causes from time to time. Unlike many other kPop idol groups, BTS has not been afraid to speak out for controversial causes that they feel are important.

BTS and the United Nations

Love Yourself is a campaign run by UNICEF, the children’s arm of the United Nations, inspired by the BTS era of the same name. BTS are ambassadors for this program that aims to help young victims of violence and bullying worldwide. BTS has made several public appearances in support of this program and approved merchandise to be sold as fundraisers for the program.

In 2018, BTS was invited to speak at the United Nations in support of this program, and as the leader and English speaker, RM was the one who spoke at the podium. His speech is really moving and inspirational and well worth watching. 

BTS was invited to speak at the UN General Assembly in New York again in 2021. It was their first trip outside Korea in almost two years, due to the Covid-19 crisis. They gave a speech in Korean as a group about how youth is reacting to the crisis with hope, strength, and fresh ideas for solutions. They also performed Permission to Dance at the UN (pre-taped the day before their live speech) and it is so inspiring. There was an interview, too.

YouTube Class of 2020

BTS was invited to be the headliners to a virtual “graduation ceremony” that YouTube put together in June 2020 to support the first class that lost their graduation events to the COVID-19 crisis. They performed Boy In Luv, Spring Day, and Mikrokosmos and their performance is lovely.

More importantly, each member gave a heartfelt and inspiring speech to the graduates, drawing on their own experiences and offering hope and encouragement. Check them out on YouTube.

BTS and other Social Causes

BTS has been very supportive of the LGBTQ community, which is historically unusual for kPop acts and South Korea in general, although times are slowly changing. RM and SUGA in particular paved the way by tweeting their support of LGBTQ artists and songs, and collaborating with several on occasion. SUGA has indicated in a roundabout way in several interviews and rap lyrics that he’s open to both genders when considering an ideal mate, and can often be seen sporting LGBTQ branded gear from his favourite fashion lines. You’ll also find heartwarming stories online of the rest of the members being very kind and openly supportive of LGBTQ ARMY at fanmeetings and online.

BTS also is well-known for their charitable donations. It has been a longstanding tradition with them to donate to a charity of their choice on their birthdays – Korean health, education and youth-related charities are a common favourite. They also famously donated $1 million to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

In early 2020, BTS launched the Connect, BTS initiative where they acted as patrons for five major art installations around the world. They chose artists that they felt matched their message of global connection to support. The installations were presented with free admission and BTS made videos for each installation showcasing the work and endorsing it.

Back in 2014, BTS and BigHit donated money to support the families of the victims of the Sewol Ferry Disaster, a ferry sinking in Korea that killed over 300 people, mostly young students. They also supported charities that aimed to improve safety protocols and make the government more accountable. Some people believe that their song Spring Day is a veiled reference to the disaster, and many of the victims’ families look to that song for comfort and healing.

With the COVID-19 crisis causing an increase in Asian-related prejudice worldwide and particularly in America, BTS has spoken out on Twitter to share their own first-hand experiences with prejudice and call for awareness and a stop to Asian hate online and in local communities.

ARMY Charitable Donation Efforts

When BTS donates to a charity, ARMY often takes that as a call to action. These tend to happen organically – there’s no real organization – but a good place to start is the One In An Army twitter account (@oneinanarmy). Often ARMY will just spontaneously donate to the same charities BTS has selected; for example, ARMY on Twitter organically spread the word and managed to match BTS’ donation to Black Lives Matter within 24 hours. ARMY celebrated the fact that Megan Thee Stallion went to court to ensure the release of her collab with BTS on the song Butter by raising over $100K in her name in one day for charities that supported women and her home town of Houston, Texas.

You can also find kind and generous ARMY online willing to donate money to broke ARMY for the purposes of boosting charting numbers. They will give dollars to people who are willing to use the money to purchase BTS’ latest release on various digital platforms (try @borahaeFunds in the United States, @fundsforbangcan in Canada, or @FundsForBTS_UK in the UK).

ARMY can also make a difference without actually donating money. In 2019 they famously snapped up thousands of free tickets to a Trump rally, causing him to expect an enormous crowd and then be embarrassed when only a few thousand actually showed up. And they have flooded hateful hashtags on Twitter with their own happy BTS content in order to render those hashtags useless – an inspirational act that has really made a difference and won ARMY members a lot of respect.

Joining In on Comeback Fun

Being active on social media is essential if you want to share in the comeback fun!

Whenever BTS has new music coming out, their PR machine swings into action and that usually means a ton of fresh content. They’ll release promo photos, teaser trailers that hint at the first single, graphic clues for ARMY to puzzle over endlessly, and more. When Butter was announced, millions of ARMY literally watched an hour-long video on YouTube of an animated pat of butter melting. It’s exciting, thrilling, and a bit of a frenzy! Watch for new content to be announced/released on Weverse, Twitter, the Bangtan TV/Hybe YouTube Channels, and on the BTS official website.

Once new music gets released, experienced ARMY are ready to support BTS online with charting and the numbers game. Our goal is always to show the members the love by trying to get their new songs to break records and perform well on the charts and in streaming numbers. It’s a super fun time but also a crazy time – remember to have fun and just focus on what you’re able to do, without too much pressure. Twitter is the best place to go to find out what ARMY events are planned and to get advice from experienced ARMY on how to best boost charting numbers.

A comeback might include:

  • Watching the YouTube premiere of their video – usually the Hybe channel or the Bangtan TV channel will provide a “countdown” video that starts 15 minutes before the official video is released, and it actually helps to watch this countdown, then let them auto-forward you to the new video when it begins – the auto-forward ensures we all begin watching the premiere at the same time and solidifies the count for the YouTube premiere numbers. ARMY usually tries to break records for the first 24 hours and the first week, so that means watching the new video a few times daily (not that you wouldn’t be doing that anyway!). Be sure to “watch like a human” – interact with your account by watching 2-3 other videos in between each viewing of the main video, leaving comments, and liking things – so your views are not marked as bot views and removed.
  • Purchasing the song on iTunes, Amazon music, or other digital platforms – if you can swing it, actually buying the track instead of just streaming it counts for a lot more when it comes to charting numbers. Buying remixes of the lead single and instrumental versions also counts towards the chart numbers for the main track, so be sure to buy them all. If you’re willing to purchase but can’t afford it, there are some Twitter accounts that fundraise for this purpose (try @borahaeFunds in the United States, @fundsforbangcan in Canada, or @FundsForBTS_UK in the UK). If you’re really keen you can also create multiple accounts and purchase the track several times over to help support BTS. Note that buying the track as a gift for others does NOT count for charting, and buying more than 4 copies of a track (including remixes) in a single order counts as a “bulk buy” and is only ONE entry for charting, so best to break up your purchases into smaller chunks. More on this topic at the BTS US ARMY website and there’s great info on all streaming/buying/radio stuff for Canada on the BTSxCanada website.
  • Streaming the new song on your preferred platforms – this includes the YouTube video as well as places like Apple Music and Spotify. It is essential here to “stream like a human” – that means do NOT watch the new video or play the new song on a continuous loop. Experienced ARMY will play a couple of other songs or stream a couple of other videos between the new song; they will also interact with their platform from time to time by liking or commenting or changing up their playlist. Usually playlists are available on all streaming platforms that will mix it up for you, just search for them by the name of the current single.
  • Attending online streaming parties – these can be a lot of fun! Twitter account BTS Chart Data (@btschartdata) or BTS KKUL FM (@BTSKKUL0613FM) are your essential accounts here. They both organize online streaming parties where hundreds of thousands of ARMY listen to the same playlist at the same time on Stationhead, swapping tweets and grooving together online. These parties also help boost the BTS chart numbers as many platforms “claw back” some listens/views that are deemed to be bots – these are highly controversial and the watch/listen parties help us assure the platforms that our streams are real. Starting with the Butter release, the BigHit official Twitter account has also organized listening parties on their own streaming website and you should give those a try too.
  • Requesting the song on your local radio stations, or voting for their weekly/daily countdowns – this also helps with charting numbers and generally helps convert their new songs into viral hits. The Billboard chart calculates overall rankings based on sales first, streams second, and radio airplay third, so all three of those things help boost BTS on the charts.
  • Monitoring Twitter for a flurry of promotional appearances – when a comeback is happening, there will be a flood of new interviews and TV appearances, and you won’t want to miss a thing! If you live somewhere where you don’t have access to new appearances, fear not, ARMY has your back. On Twitter you can usually find a few brave souls who are live-streaming various appearances (even paid ones), so dig around and look for a feed (try: @SmeraldoWithLuv, @qdeoks). Many shows will also live-stream their BTS segments on YouTube themselves, or at least post the completed clips there after the fact.
  • Be a good ARMY! Any comeback means a bunch of new baby ARMY joining the fandom, so be sure to welcome them with open arms – answer their questions, let them know you’re excited to have them on board, and direct them to BTS 101 for all the background info. Don’t panic online when you see charting numbers suddenly drop – both YouTube and Spotify are notorious for “clawing back” views for “bot reviews” and these usually work out over time. Just have fun and do what makes the most sense for you and is the most enjoyable. See you online!

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