First Twitter Chat!

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Baby’s first Twitter chat!

132 tweets, 12 participants.

I think we can safely say that it wasn’t a rousing affair (especially as it began with 20 minutes of meditation and breathing), but it was geographically remarkable in that the chat influencers were from Idaho and California. Mostly the chat consisted of the hosts posting inspirational quotes and everyone commiserating about how busy our minds are. The irony of meditating while on Twitter did not escape us.

 

Chat participation

Chatting on twitter is a little like group texting. People have time to compose their thoughts (as quickly or as slowly as they like), ideas and links can easily be shared, and people can participate as much or as little as they like. Although 12 people (a low number, I grant you) participated in this chat, only 3-4 people really voiced opinions. The rest preferred to observe.

I can see why people like Twitter chats. They are a great way to have a collaborative Q&A, sideline private conversations, meet experts, and share resources. I didn’t find this chat particularly useful, beyond an interest in seeing who participated and from where. Well, and to note that “computer brain” and “meditation brain” are on opposite ends of the spectrum. The more I engage in social media, the harder it becomes for me to switch into a meditative mind state.

Finding your Chat

I stumbled onto this chat quite by accident  – and only because the chat time and hashtag were listed in this user’s twitter profile. Finding a chat seems a little right now like finding the “in” club through an unmarked door. They’re out there, but hard to find unless you know someone who knows someone. I did find a few online resources that list upcoming Twitter chats, although I feel like they are not comprehensive. Gnosis Arts lists them via a wiki, and someone (who?) has created a Google Sheet.

For my next chatting adventure, I’d like to engage in an established chat that has more than 12 people involved in order to see what kind of information maelstrom ensues. Let the chatting continue!

PS: Interesting privacy/ ownership issue. If I take a screenshot, is it “mine?” Photo courtesy of my Mac and my screenshot.

 

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  • Deviyani Joshi

    I was trying to look into Twitter chat myself, but that task seems so daunting for someone who isn’t a regular Twitter user, like myself. Perhaps the report will help me out! Thanks, Rachel 🙂

  • Josh

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing your experience. I keep wanting to follow a #lrnchat but I was just not quite sure if there is any form of etiquette. Your experience gets me motivated to take the plunge. I have missed the last two chats, so I need to continue to pay attention. We’ll see how it turns out!

  • Rachel

    I think it’s pretty easy to lurk in Twitter chat, too 🙂 I have been a “barely there” Twitter person til this course. It’s getting easier!

  • Rachel

    Hi Josh!
    I have no idea if there was a netiquette that I was trampling over during my twitter chat 🙂 But I took cues from others and tried to fit in. I’ll try to check out lrnchat next week as well – I’d like to see a chat with more oomph to it!

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