For 7 weeks I took part in live-tweeting throughout a movie during seminars. Doing this created an opportunity for the class to communicate online and share our thoughts using the hashtag #BCM325. This blog post will be a curation of my tweets and will discuss my experience with live-tweeting and what I gained through the process.
Week 1 – Ghost in a Shell
During this first week of live-tweeting of the 1995 movie Ghost in a Shell, the concept was pretty new to me and I honestly wasn’t even sure what I was doing, so my tweets were pretty basic but I found a couple of good articles about the movie and a high Rotten Tomatoes rating that I shared.
I also found it difficult to follow the film while also having to tweet things ever so often and spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was going on because I had my head down tweeting.
This first weeks movie was a good introduction for many to the sci-fi genre, it also showed us what was to come for the rest of the session and depicted how they thought the year 2029 would look in 1995 and I learned that green must be the official colour for all things futuristic. This week a few of my tweets were retweeted and many favorited.
Week 2 – Westworld
The second week of live-tweeting the class watched the 1972 movie Westworld. This week my live-tweeting skills were still not very good and I was still having trouble watching and keeping up with what was happening in the movie while tweeting at the same time. So I stuck with what seemed to work for me the week before which was interesting articles and interesting facts about the movie but I enjoyed looking for this kind of information to tweet about mostly because I like to know all the little fun facts and information about movies.
This week I also started to try to tweet out more than the interesting facts like the previous week and really ‘live-tweet’ and I shared a number of my thoughts as I watched the movie and as my live-tweeting improved I started to get more engagement with my tweets from others in the class, getting more retweets and favourites on things I tweeted.
Week 3 – Johnny Mnemonic
Again similar to the two previous weeks, my tweets mainly consisted of sharing websites, articles, reviews and fun facts about the movie. I think this was the movie I liked the least out of all the movies we watched but it was the kind of bad that made it a good movie. While searching for articles about the movie I discovered the movie had only a very low budget of $26 million, which is nothing compared to what others are given to make their movies and I found it interesting and impressed with how much they did with the little money they received.
By week three of live-tweeting I was beginning to get the hang of live tweeting and I was managing to keep up with the story of the movie as well as tweeting and again my engagement of my tweets continued to grow as I got more comfortable and confident with the process of live-tweeting.
Week 4 – The Matrix
In week 4 the class watched The Matrix. By this week I had mastered the art of knowing what was happening in the movie while still live-tweeting. Again I found a number of interesting articles, facts and reviews about the movie which proved to be popular for retweets and favourites but this week I also started to look for GIFS I could add to my tweets to get people’s attention while scrolling through the hashtag and increase engagement on my tweets.
Week 5 – Black Mirror ‘Be Right Back’
Week 5 was the first week that I struggled to get 10 tweets out while watching the episode of Black Mirror. Instead of not being able to keep track of what was happening because I was tweeting I found it difficult to tweet because I was so interested in the screening. By the end I felt as if I would think about what I had watched all day and as I watched the hashtag feed while tweeting I saw a lot of the class was thinking the same things I was thinking at certain moments during the episode.
Week 6 – Robot and Frank
Week 6 was another week I found it hard to reach the 10 required tweets because of how interested I was in the movie. I loved this movie, it was by far my favourite thing we watched. Also I tweeted an interesting article that showed that the kind of technology featured in Robot and Frank was closer than we thought along with my usual fun facts that I love.
Week 7 – Black Mirror ‘ Hated in the Nation’
In the final week of live-tweeting the class watched a second episode of Black Mirror. By now I was well and truly familiar with the live-tweeting process. I did my usual research for articles, facts and reviews of the episode and tweeted ones I liked but my engagement for this week wasn’t as much as some of the previous weeks.
When we first began live-tweeting I thought I wasn’t going to like the process, preferring to watch movies with no distractions, but in the end I quite enjoyed taking part in it. It allowed me to see what the others in the class thought of specific moments and the movie as a whole and it provided me each week with interesting articles and facts about the various movies. I think if I have to live-tweet for any future classes I should improve on this attempt by taking part in more discussion with others on the platform rather than just liking their posts.