This week, I had the opportunity to participate in my first #saskedchat and it was quite the experience. At the beginning, it was nice to feel welcomed in the chat with a shoutout from the host. From there, the questions started rolling in. I will admit, it didn’t happen as fast as I thought it would. It seemed like there was a lot of time in between questions, and at first I wasn’t sure what to do with the extra time. It felt awkward to talk and network with other people in the chat. However, once I became more comfortable, I filled in the time gaps by reading others’ comments, following new accounts, and commenting on posts to engage in conversation.
I had never heard of live chats on social networking apps before, so this experience definitely broadened my opportunities for networking and being a part of a professional account. I have never used Twitter before this class. I will admit, I prefer other apps such as Instagram and Facebook for personal networking sites, but it is nice to have a separate platform for professional endeavors. It is great that I can be connected with my classmates through the EDTC list and that I can both share resources that I’ve found and also discover new resources from other people. I look forward to continuing to build my digital identity and professional identity throughout this class.