Sooo last night I decided to "participate" in the #YALITCHAT on Twitter. I write YA, right? All the cool kids are doing it, right? I'm cool, right?
For the purpose of explaining my experience, I shall create a fake feed. I will call myself @moron when tweeting.
Katie: (watches feed with intense concentration)
@coolkid Hello everyone! I am so excited about tonight! Great topic!
Katie: Hmm... where do I find the topic? (leans in and scans entire screen)
@fungirl Look! @coolkid is here! let's get this party started.
@agent Hey @coolkid. I agree. That YA book should be shelved separately.
Katie: What the? What YA book? Where?
@readerman Y'all are having so much fun! I just had to pop in! Hey @agent!
Katie: fun? Where's the fun? Who is having fun?
@writernerd I LOVE #yalitchat!!!! YAY!
Katie: totally lost
@referree RT @agent Hey @coolkid. I agree. That YA book should be shelved separately.
Katie: huh? Who is @coolkid? (clicks on @coolkid and discovers she is an editorial assistant) cool. (clicks back to feed)
has missed 55 new tweets.
@bookchic @agent Do you look at manuscripts from people who you have previously rejected?
INSERT 42 new tweets that make no sense.
Katie: Maybe I should ask a question? (takes two full minutes typing question, including proper #yalitchat hashtag)
@referee Please hold all questions. We are having a one-to-one right now. @moron
Katie: oops?! Where is this one-to one? At lease 70 people are tweeting?
@moron @referee. sorry :-(
@referee @moron. Now we are ready. RT question from @moron.
Katie: (sees answer and it's so vague that I might as well not have even asked it. Decides to see who @bookchic is)
has missed 277 tweets - I'm not kidding. I wrote down the number of tweets I missed.
Katie: dang! I've missed the whole conversation!
1.To participate in any kind of lit chat, you must have fancy twitter software like tweetdeck or tweetchat.
2. @realjohngreen's wife had a baby yesterday. (I learned that during chat. Yay John!!!!!)
3. People will follow you simply because you are participating.
4. There is a referee - unless that avatar was just a girl in a striped shirt?
5. People love these chats and claim to "learn a lot." I haven't figured that one out yet.
P.S. I've asked SF to post about her experience with Twitter after me and I am predicting she won't even understand my fake feed. That's why we love each other. We are dual dorks :-)
P.P.S. I'll tweet about this post. Feel free to follow us and retweet :-)
SF: Okay, so none of that made sense to me at all. I can't even follow Katie's rundown--and who knew there was actually software called tweetdeck or tweet chat?? The only time I've ever appeared on Twitter (yep--all of the brilliant PlotThis tweets are from Katie) was when Katie and I sat and IM'd each other on Twitter while we were watching Project Runway about six months ago.
I just got on Twitter this morning (after searching through my email account for that ever elusive password and username), and I can't even figure out how to give my status update.
It's official. I am old. Technology has left me in the dust. I guess I'll just stay on Facebook with the rest of the grannies . . . unless someone wants to give me a tutorial--who's that avatar person? Think she's available for a quick online tutorial? Gawd . . . I sound like my mother.
sf and katie