Okay friends, I tuned in to #saskedchat on Thursday and HO-LY! it was one of the most fast-paced environments I have ever been in! When Kelly said the chat was over I was so shocked because it felt like only 20 minutes had gone by. I am going to try to sift through that experience though and maybe set some goals for my next chat!
I started with getting my TweetDeck fired up! I set up a column for my notifications, a search of the hashtag #saskedchat, and a search of @kellywchris (Kelly Christopherson–kick-butt prof AND moderator of the chat!). It looked like this ⬇️
After that, I waited! I gave myself extra time to set up just incase I ran into any issues. I kept hitting refresh and waiting for the “go” tweet to come out. First, this one showed up:
My anticipation was growing, most of me thought it was going to be a total disaster and I would be lost and afraid the entire time. I thought maybe I would say something totally embarrassing or have my tweets make NO sense. But on the other hand, I was also excited to see what it was like, I was excited to interact with other teachers who are actually out in the profession and more experienced! My feelings were growing and growing when the next tweet finally came:
And then I was off! I was answering questions and liking tweets at lightning speed… sort of. I had good momentum at the beginning and it was fun, until I started trying to follow threads and was getting a million notifications! When I made a comment about struggling to keep up, Kelly responded to me with a comment and a GIF reassuring me that nobody really keeps up and that trying is like trying to drink from a fire hose. After that I felt much better about trying to keep up. The thing that I think distracted me the most was the way threads work. I was tagged in a tweet somewhere and then every comment came back to me and I had no idea who anybody was talking to or who comments were being directed at. That confusion distracted me from other interactions, at one point there was a comment made in a thread I was tagged in saying some new people weren’t “keeping up” or answering questions in the “right way” and I got so worried that maybe the person meant I was not doing well in the chat or something and I ended up scouring all of my tweets to make sure I had answered everything rather than interacting with other participants.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience, despite feeling somewhat overwhelmed, and definitely want to take this challenge head on and try to master twitter chats! I want to continue participating in this twitter chat (and also try some others) in order to get down a flow and get into more deep interactions. This time, I think I focused more on answering the questions and checking ALL of the notifications rather than focusing on the interactions and comments.
My goal for my next Twitter chat, is exactly that–to have more interactions and exchanges with people instead of worrying about every thread that comes back to me and answering every question as soon as it appears. I am looking forward to my next Twitter chat and I hope to have some new insights afterwards!!
What are your opinions on Twitter chats peeps?!