Throughout the last month we were having weekly sessions on Soliya where we get to meet other participants from all around the world online and a moderator helps to keep the dialogue intense and respectful.
There were many differences between Soliya and the other online communications I’m familiar with like Skype, Face time, Facebook, Houseparty. The main difference is that in Soliya I get to talk with new people who are totally strangers for me, but there is a target for that. The target is to know how other people think in other countries and regions and to discuss point of views. On the other hand, there are also online communications where you meet strangers, but the problem is there is no good intention or target for talking to them. Also the moderator is a very precise addition to the program, specially that he or she is from our same age. In other online communications, no moderator, so people could disrespect each other and they might also get bored from each other.
I’ve learned also things about myself as a communicator on the digital form. I am not shy at all, I have no problem speaking out my thoughts if I am a part of the minority. I can accept other people’s opinions even if it annoys me or if it is against my religion. I could be patient when I want to speak, I don’t have to shout out and disturb others or people supporting the opposite of my point of view. I have time to think before speaking out which is a good thing to say what I want in the best way.
We have spoken about different topics; how should we respect each others, Is it better to communicate through social media or face to face, how can people think of something without seeing the whole image, abortion, minority immigration and their reasons, how are Muslim viewed in the west. And many other interesting topics.
When it comes to face to face, I could be more excited to speak because the dialogue would be more intense. I will be more in to the conversation because I would be able to speak to people while looking to them into their eyes not in the camera. However in online communication the best thing is that it is more organized and you have chance to think before speaking.
As I said there were many things I did like about Soliya, but there are few things I didn’t like as well. The duration is too long, I would suggest that the duration should be shorter like an hour and the frequency could increase to be 6 times instead of 4. I would also suggest giving a break in the middle of the session, so if there is a participant who would like to eat or drink or use the bathroom could do this in the break, without missing anything.