Last night I participated in a public relations Twitter chat, #PRStudchat, led by Lauren Gray. At first, I was a little confused as to how the process of a Twitter chat worked. However, I was quickly able to catch on and join in on the conversation. What I enjoyed so much about the chat was that it was so easy to keep up with. I used my iPhone and the Twitter application to participate and was able to just keep refreshing the search for “#PRStudchat” when new questions and answers had been given.
I have heard, written, and talked a lot about networking in PR and honestly thought I had the hang of it until doing this Twitter chat. I realized that Twitter chats were a part of social networking that I had never tried before, and it seems to be the best way to connect with and meet PR professionals and other PR students.
The most exciting part about the #PRStudchat for me was that I got retweeted by the leader of the conversation! When asked for what I would look for in an employer, I tweeted, “I look for employers with good values and track records with past employees.” It was pretty amazing to have someone acknowledge something that I said among such a large group of students and professionals.
One of the most valuable things about Twitter chats is the fact that you get a wide range of opinions and ideas, sometimes things that you would have never thought of on your own. I personally can’t wait to participate in another chat and look forward to meeting more “PR peers” in the future!
If you’d like to take part in the #PRStudchat, they are every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., just search all tweets for “#PRStudchat” and look for the questions as they come up on the time line. When you want to answer, make sure you respond with the hashtag #PRStudchat and Q# (#=which number question you’re answering).