During my first month of Twitter, I did a lot of lurking. While I tweeted on a regular basis, I shied away from participating in the chats. To be truthful, I found them intimidating. I tried to follow the flow of several concurrent conversations and wondered how anyone could keep up with the constant flow of information. I had read somewhere that participating in a Twitter chat is like trying to navigate rapids while white water rafting. Not something that I’ve ever tried or even considered.
But after several weeks of lurking, I decided to jump into the conversations. I started with the #Leadfromwithin chat moderated by Lolly Daskall on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. Once I got into the flow, I didn’t find it that difficult to keep up with the others. I was able to join conversations and retweeted several times. I was also pleased when other people retweeted my tweets.
Since then, I have participated in other chats, among them #Blogchat, #Spiritchat and #BetheOne. Each chat has its own unique flavor and I look forward to these encounters in real time.
Some of the chats are well-structured and allow a few minutes for set questions. In each case, the moderator gently guides us along so that all questions are addressed in the sixty minutes. #Blogchat has a looser format. It is very much like a coffeehouse where everyone is discussing the same topic, but each table has a slightly different take.
Any other chat experiences out there?