If you are just mildly involved with Twitter you have no doubt come across a handful of different chats. I logged on to Twitter the other night and was promptly hit with a deluge of tweets about various chats that were going on either that night or within the next day or so. PR, blogs, general social media, healthcare…pretty soon we’re going to have a Twitter chat to talk about the number of chats we have. Of course I am stretching it a bit, but you get the idea.
I say this knowing full well that I’ve personally received great value from participating in Mack Collier’s #blogchat, Beth Harte’s #pr20chat, Marc Meyer’s #socialmedia chat and Sonny Gill’s and Bryan Person’s #cmtychat . The experiences they bring ALWAYS add value, and that cannot be replaced.
But here is my concern…I’ve noticed lately that many of the chat’s participants are the same people every time. How does that help us? Sure, sometimes the topics are different but the only way we learn and grow as professionals is to hear different (or alternate if you will) perspectives. Also, wouldn’t there be some natural overlap with some of these chats? Isn’t there an opportunity to bring together these disparate groups into one larger audience? Sure, that get’s a little bit more difficult to manage, but the conversation, in turn, may become more robust.
I’m in no way trying to be critical of the people who are putting together these chats, because they are taking time out of their busy schedules to try and educate the rest of us. All I am trying to do is ask the question in the hopes that you might be able to help me with the answer. So, what do you think?