Twitter Trends: Why Everyone Needs a Little #SpiritChat in Their Lives
Staring at the blank Twubs feed, I wondered if my morning discussion would turn into another socially awkward moment. Only recently had I engaged in Twitter and Facebook more confidently courtesy of my UF public relations studies. However, I still had anxieties about chatting online. There were just too many “uns” to be dealt with: unforgiving glitches, unforeseen interactions, an unknown me against an unknown them. Yet, there I was and, here I am.
“Good morning,” I tweeted in #SpiritChat, hoping to get a response. It was 9:01 AM and I hadn’t seen any action other than posted reminders and a blog link. Just as my leeriness began to build, a frenzy of tweets flooded the feed at once. I glanced at the speed setting. No way was I going to adjust it to move more slowly lest I look foolish not responding quickly in real time. I’ll just need to keep up.
Easier said than done.
Remember to answer with A1, A2…
What were my twitter chat tips again?
Did I just answer with Q3 instead of A3? That looks silly.
Oh, no! I referred my answer to the wrong question. I meant A4.
How do I retweet again?
It’s so hard to copy and paste “@ so-and-so” with this feed moving so quickly.
Why does it feel like we’re talking at each other, not with each other?
Then, the golden moment came: within all of the flurry of activity, chat host Kamud Ajmani addressed one of my responses. “That is so beautiful…,” he asserted. Someone else retweeted another piece I posted. Oddly enough, I began to find a place among the many simultaneous voices tweeting back and forth. It was as if we were sauntering around a big room picking up small pieces of conversation on the same topic. As I found my flow, so did others. My first retweet was an honor; I hope I never lose the feeling such an honor comes with.
The hour went by swiftly. As my stepson entered the room and tugged at me to join the breakfast table, I readied myself for my last post. “Thank you for a great discussion,” I directed to the chat host, relieved I used the @ symbol correctly. I had no idea what was waiting for me in my notifications tab. More on that idea later on.
The #SpiritChat twitter feed was a great choice for me. I chose it for a few reasons:
- No bullies (I wanted my first twitter chat experience to be in a nurturing environment)
- No church (I’ve been looking for ways to start my week on an uplifting and reflective note but I shy away from sermons)
- New ideas (I’m interested in integrating non-denominational, spiritual concepts into my social enterprise and community building endeavors and perhaps this is one way to do it)
The chat involved 10 questions about remembrance, how it relates to divinity and how we relate to each other. Each question was short and simple, encouraging responses of the same nature. As tweets rolled in, the host would add a thought provoking affirmation or posit a question to individual posts. I appreciated his moderating since, without it, the chat would’ve been just a simple Q and A session.
Now, about my notifications tab: upon closing out the chat, I noticed a slew of them on my Twitter account. I had five new followers, a collection of retweets and even some direct responses to some of the ideas I shared. I quickly responded to each entry by either following the poster in return or liking their comment. As a newbie, I treasured these interactions, hoping the novelty would never get old.
As I hovered over each follower, I marveled at their exposure; they each had over 2000 plus followers. Humorously, I glanced at my nine. No invigoration lost. Instead, I felt balanced, like someone who meditates on a mountaintop but finds a way to intermittently create Snapchat Stories. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter. There actually is a greater purpose to it all. It all depends on how you apply yourself. For me, discernment is key.