Guest Post-Scott K. Johnson
Want to experience the fastest hour on planet earth? Point your web browser to http://tweetchat.com/room/dsma at 8:00 PM CST on Wednesday nights. It will take a moment to register what you are seeing, and the only way I can describe it would be to compare it to the computer screens in ‘The Matrix’. A few blinks of the eye, and 60 minutes (or more) will have gone by. That hour is even faster than the nine-minute snooze button (who decided on nine minutes anyway?). Welcome to a “twitter chat”.
It took me a few weeks to feel a little less overwhelmed by it, and it was fascinating to see so many people sharing their thoughts, rapid-fire, in 140 characters or less. Even feeling completely blown away by the speed of it, I got so much value from my very first chat that I’ve been back almost every week. It gets a little easier to follow after you’ve watched a few.
The chats are moderated, which means that our moderator (Cherise has been moderating so far) will ask three or four questions over the hour. The questions are pretty general in nature, which is what makes them fantastic questions. People can relate them. When people relate to questions they want to get involved in the discussions. More discussions trigger more thoughts, and suddenly momentum takes over and you have insightful conversations.
I’m interested in perspectives. I see things one way and get a lot of value from learning another point of view. I love communicating with people living with diabetes. I want to understand the world they live in. I want to understand how they view their situation, how their situation affects their diabetes management (and overall health), and how they cope with that. If I can, I want to help. Just by sharing their perspective they have usually helped me more than I can give back. But opening my mind to all of these perspective helps me help others, and that is what it’s all about.
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