Twitter has always been my achilles heel when it comes to social media. Before class use, I pretty much only used it for entering contests or submitting my name for giveaways. Though i feel i am getting better, there is much to learn.
I have yet to successfully participate in a twitter chat, but the concept intrigues me. After looking and reviewing some of the ones that have passed, my opinion on the format is mixed. On one hand, the medium allows for anyone and everyone to participate in a discussion, but on the other, it seems like many peoples voices get washed out.
I will be attempting to participate in the #EdChat tonight at 6 PM to see if more experience helps me understand the medium more.
After-thought: Do people use this format for discussions that are not ed related?
The Next Day:
After participating in the #Edchat on Tuesday night I have come to a few conclusions.
- Twitter chats are a nice way for people to share their opinions.
- A chat is only as successful as its moderation.
- Reasons why are far more prevalent than steps as to how.
I will participate in such a chat again but my expectations will be very different. at times it felt good, I even shared a few posts back and forth with some users, but at other times it felt like a full room of people with bullhorns.
I am interested to find other chats about education and other topics.