My First #TwitterChat Experience

I was extremely apprehensive about participating in a Twitter Chat simply because I had no idea what I was getting myself into and how I would succeed in doing so correctly. My professor did explain to the best of her ability how exactly we should participate and also provided us with articles that had the necessary guidelines to show us the way. Yet, there is truly no right way to explain how to engage in a Twitter Chat unless people do it once for themselves.

The chat that I chose to participate in was Madalyn Sklar ’s #TwitterSmarter chat. Madalyn herself was simply phenomenal: extremely positive, very informed on her subject matter, immersive with her audience and above all, consistent in her daily Twitter activity in addition to hosting these chats. The chat that I participated in included guest host Brian Honigman; our subject matter was the organization of Social Media accounts and the use of editorial calendars to do so. Altogether it was an extremely positive experience, all of the participants were really engaged and had a lot of input. The hosts did their best to respond to each and every individual participating in their chat. What took me by surprise initially was that before Madalyn responded to me herself, her followers were so welcoming and responded to me beforehand to let me know that I was on the right track. This already showed me a lot about how fantastic Madalyn is as a Social Media Influencer. Brian Honigman was just as immersive as a guest host; I did not have as much of a correspondence with him as I did with Madalyn but I could tell he was doing everything he could to get answers to participants as fast as possible. Next time I will try to get to him faster!

Key Take-Aways and Advice from yours truly:

· FOLLOW MADALYN SKLAR: https://twitter.com/MadalynSklar

This is how awesome she is all the time :)

· Use an editorial calendar of your choice in addition to apps such as, Buffer to track and manage your Social Media accounts. Brian Honigman has the best recommendations: https://twitter.com/BrianHonigman/status/781552202221400065

· Never be too scared to immerse yourself in the Twittersphere, it is not as scary as it seems.

· Do not be apprehensive of netizens (people on the internet) because most of them are actually good people and not the ones we see shaming and insulting people over the Social Media.

· Engage in your Social Media accounts as authentically as you can, do not try to be something you are not.

· Be consistent, have substance to provide and be kind in your Social Media activity.