Ever notice how Twitter chats are a lot like night classes in college? Night classes happen once a week and often begin with small talk. We even show up early to catch each other up on the current events since last week. Twitter chats are very similar. We tune in once a week and make introductions detailing where we work, and perhaps a random fact just for fun. For example, “Hey #chat, I’m Stina from NYC and work as a travel publicist. Oh, and I’ve kissed Ricky Martin!” Okay sure I may not use that fact (yes, it is true, take a look at my bio) but you get the point. It’s meant to be fun. Chats are meant to be informative and laid back. But what happens when having fun simply becomes noise?
I’ve noticed in a lot of chats the witty banter, especially in the beginning, “Hey John, haven’t seen you in a while. How ya been? How are the kids? #chat”.
Please explain to me why the chat hashtag is used? Does this benefit anyone trying to participate in the chat? I’m all for making small talk Continue reading