A hormonally addled young bull crashed Radio Boston’s chat room last Friday and kicked up a bit of dust, but luckily for us, we were able to rope it before it busted up all the china.
Yes, I know you’ll find bad behavior in just about every Web nook and cranny but, fair or not, this incident only reinforces my dislike of the “live chat event.”
It was my time with Masslive.com that soured me on it. Their “live chats” were a logistical headache to pull off and the response was invariably rather paltry—on a good day we’d net maybe 20 or so participants.
And while chat technology has advanced in spades since those halcyon Web 1.0 days, I remain emotionally mired in 1998. Say “live chat” around me and my forehead becomes beaded with sweat as I conjure memories of last-minute guest cancellations and Web browsers seizing up.
Fortunately, our chat platform de jour, Meebo, has proven remarkably stable and our guests punctual. But attendance at the Radio Boston chat room remains a hit-or-miss proposition. Obviously, we would like to see greater numbers on a more consistent basis. But is it realistic to expect this? Is the rapid-fire nature of chat room conversation more conducive to a Sox debate than a substantive discussion about the state’s wage rate?
And how should Twitter fit into all of this? Our number of followers is closing in at 300, and that is roughly three times as many participants as in our most successful chat event to date. What, if any, conclusions should be drawn for this?
As always, your thoughts would be most appreciated.
And, if you have yet to, please join in a live chat over at Radio Boston. They are held on Fridays. Make sure to tell me how it went.