#MediaChat talks about Mentoring

On Thursday at 10 p.m. EST., I participated on my first Twitter chat and at the time, I was unsure as of what to expect. I was nervous about whether people hosting the #MediaChat would be welcoming of my responses or simply discard it because I am not an expert in the matter.

However, I was wrong. Everyone seemed very excited to have so many new people joining in on the chat. They made us feel very welcome and comfortable.

Throughout the night many participants followed me on Twitter as well as liked, responded and retweeted my posts and comments. This made me feel that my posts and comments were relevant and truly considered as a part of the conversation.

The chat began with introductions. Everyone introduced themselves and then Aaron Kilby, the founder of #MediaChat introduced the host, Tom Reid, and topic of the night, mentoring. Kilby was also in charge of proctoring the questions that we covered during the chat. Reid posted his answer, but many people also provided their opinion.

It was certainly difficult to keep up with the chat and interact with other participants. As I went to look at Reid’s answer to a question about mentoring, I would receive at least five notifications from people interacting with me and being a little bit OCD, I had to click on them. Therefore, I ended up focusing more on the conversations than the questions.

I think that the benefit to Twitter chats is that it brings many people from different places together and therefore brings forth different perspectives. During the #mediachat for instance there were people in California and Florida but there was also someone from Guatemala.

Another benefit to Twitter chats is that you can network with people from your industry or an industry that you are interested in. If they like what you have to say and you bring value to the conversation, then engaging in a Twitter chat could bring forth a job opportunity.

Twitter chats are also very helpful if you are trying to become faster at a typing. With so much engagement during chats, you need to think on your feet and type fast if you want to stay up to date with the conversation. However, do so with typos and the character limit in mind.

Overall, I think that Twitter chats are a great way to inform yourself about a topic that you are interested in and get to know people with the same interests in the meantime. I also like how responsive everyone was to my questions, even if the host couldn’t answer other people did. I was never left hanging, therefore, Twitter chats also appear to be a good place to answer any questions you may have in relation to a certain topic; since each week offers a different topic there is great opportunity to get answers for your questions.