Well, #nt2t is not ‘number sign n-t-2-t”, but rather ‘hash tag n-t-2-t’. Shocking revelation there. It took me awhile to understand the concepts of hash tags, but social media is a very fast paced environment so I quickly learned the purpose of a hash tags. In all seriousness I’m sure you truly are curious what #nt2t stands for… behold, #new teachers to twitter!
This week our ‘job’ was to participate in a ‘twitter-chat’ and to be honest I was not looking forward to it. I honestly did not believe people used twitter as a way to have a full-fledged conversation. I assumed twitter was for posting your thoughts or sharing ideas here and there, but not having an immediate response/reaction. Little did I know that people use twitter as a way to have a ‘professional conference/meeting’. I did not think of twitter as a professional tool at all! In my mind I always clumped twitter in with other social media apps and assumed it was for personal use. This week was a huge learning curve for me to say the least.
I chose to join the #nt2t chat on Saturday morning at 7am, yes I got up early on the weekend to do this! (It wasn’t that bad to be honest.) I grabbed my coffee and signed into twitter on my tweetdeck and braced myself for what was to come. I am thankful that during our Wednesday night #EDTC300 class we did a mini twitter chat so I had an idea of what to expect. Promptly at 7am a ‘moderator’ began the conversation and soon enough my tweetdeck was being filled with all sorts of responses. I was feeling a little overwhelmed as I wasn’t able to read everyone’s responses, but I told myself to relax and just keep an eye on what the moderator was saying. I actually wasn’t sure this was a legitimate thing until I had people responding directly to me, welcoming me to the chat and at that moment I was blown away. There were people from America and India greeting me and welcoming me to the ‘twitter-community’.
What is so awesome about #nt2t is that it’s designed for ‘twitter-newbies’. The chat was focused on how to follow and understand twitter chats and there were even side conversations of how to grow your PLN. Without a doubt I recommend this chat to everyone in our class. I learned great tips and will definitely join again. Even better, I
feel like I have some confidence and I would join other chats as well. One of the best ‘tips’ I took away from this chat was the Twitter Dictionary. Julie Szaj, one of the #nt2t participants shared it and I will be forever grateful! I feel like I may just stand a chance in the twitterverse with such a wonderful tool!
Happy chatting everyone!