Tweet Chat…If You Dare
One of the super fun things I like to do with Twitter is tweet certain television events – as anyone who follows me can attest. Saints games often mean a tweeting-marathon.
I don’t tend to do it so much during other events or TV shows, but am always greatly amused by watching the stream during #topchef or #grammys or #glee. It’s actually quite funny when someone I follow will send out a WARNING tweet along the lines of “dear followers, please bear with my upcoming #idol tweets for the next hour”
An acknowledgment that some people become annoyed at the barrage of tweets? Do people actually un-follow people because they power-tweet for one-hour per week about something they enjoy?
I’m an avid TV viewer; I admit it. I become quite fanatical about certain shows and was very proud of my record of watching every episode of LOST (6 seasons) “live” as they were broadcast. Sure, I DVR’d it, but had-to-watch-every-episode-live. Even when traveling, I made sure I was in my hotel room at the appointed time. But I never participated much in any #LOST live-tweeting. A few here and there, but only with a few people.
Q: So what compels me to follow the #saints and #whodat stream come game time?
Game day delivers what Twitter does best – creating and sustaining an interactive community. There’s an active, funny, passionate, often-profanity-laden crowd of die hard Saints fans following every move on the field. We talk about the announcers, the commercials, the bone-headed calls. We RT each other and spread the word. We take regular jabs at the Cowboys or Falcons; even when not playing them. I’m sure we probably, as individual tweeters, irritate some of our followers. And that’s OK; un-following someone is an easy process. But what’s fascinating about the whole experience is how the group has a natural ebb and flow – expanding as new people pop in or find each other.
Community building. On a social network. Around a common interest.
Reminds me of the HR community on twitter. Reminds me of the #HRHappyHour stream – also an active, funny, passionate, often-profanity-laden crowd. Hmmm.