Live Tweeting is apparently more common than I thought. However, as I looked closer in my social media life, I realized that it was not totally insane. In fact if you step further, this concept extends past just Twitter. How often is it that you see on Facebook, people posting about the sports game they are watching? The fact that hashtags are used on other platforms also has something to with this. I have attended more than one event in my lifetime where it is advertised to share a photo of yourself at the event with the certain hashtag. (I even made it on the bug screen at the FC Cincinnati game NBD.) You are able to connect with other people around you. As stated in the article, “The Art of Live Tweeting“, live tweeting,”is the attempt to use public words to create a supportive community of thoughts, ideas, and people related to the theme under consideration.” When tweeting along with something or someone, you are able to follow along with the conversation. You can share your thoughts and feelings with people all over the world about the same subject matter.
If you have ever watched a hyped TV show then you have probably seen different people from the show or the network saying that you can tweet along with the them while the episode airs. Take this tweet for example — it is for the show Pretty Little Liars. I was one of the many people that gave into the popularity of the show and took time out of my week to watch the newest episode. This is an example of live tweeting in a pop culture setting.
The article mentioned above presented live tweeting to be a good educational tool that can lend a hand to making a lecture more successful. While that may be true, I personally see live tweeting in more social settings. I would never simply just tweet during a lecture in class rather than taking notes like the author suggests. If you take a look around you, you will see that live tweeting is rather common. So pay attention, and realize how live tweeting can be used for a variety of different things, both educational and not. You will see how this simple concept actually shapes the world around us quite a bit.