Unlike President Trump, who callously posts whatever thought comes to mind, I find there is a great deal to be learned about my online presence through some healthy self-reflection.
Overall, I feel positive about how my live- tweeting has progressed and improved each week so far. I think that while I didn’t often post pre-generated tweets, I did post topical, related content through a frame I felt comfortable commenting on. I think this authenticity helped to generate audience engagement amongst my peers and it was tweets that demonstrated novel facts or insights that had the highest interaction. A few examples can be seen below.
Week 1- Metropolis
As I should have expected, week one was (without a doubt) my worst week for live-tweeting. Not only was there very limited engagement with other people’s tweets, but my own provided no context to those not viewing Metropolis as to what I was even talking about! This could have been easily improved by tagging #metropolis. This was however, the first time I had needed to undertake live-tweeting for a DM subject.
Week 2- 2001: A Space Odyssey
In week two, I got my comfortable with my twitter ‘wings’ and attempted a few pre-generated tweets like the ones below. Something I also discovered in this week was threads and posting one thought over a few tweets (and how to signal that to readers).
I was also more courageous this week to engage with my peers! I do find this difficult to do online and it is something I want to continue to develop. I either retweeted or liked tweets, but had I been more comfortable I would’ve loved to engage more with these tweets as much as I did in the following weeks.
Week 3- Westworld
There is a tweet from week three that upon reflection, may have been too wordy and could have been communicated in a simpler manner considering the medium I am posting to. I will try to be aware of verbose language that may be confusing to digest.
I am however, pleased that in week three I engaged with Bodhi’s proposition of Michael Crichton’s imagined future. I also included an article in the tweeting for this week. Interestingly, it received little attention. Perhaps because we are all live-tweeting at the time, any articles I share in future should be concise- not lengthly reads.
The other instance where I linked an article was in a comment thread. This received more interaction and so I think this type of tweet is more suited to enhancing comment threads in future.
Week 4- Blade Runner
I believe week four has been my strongest week for tweets and I wonder if this is because I had seen a different version of Blade Runner before. I was more aware of the themes explored and could more accurately link them to future studies. Regardless, my week four tweets exemplified strong connection to the subject materials and lectures and a strong engagement with my peers- something I was lacking in earlier weeks.
Week Five- Minority Report
Week five started off strong with a loose link to prophecy and literature via a Shakespeare tweet. It’s common sense but I feel most at-ease communicating online when I am talking about what I know- and I know Shakespeare!
In hindsight, I think my discussion was the strongest tweets from this week. My tweets didn’t initially receive much engagement. I was so relieved to find that the lack of tweeting was because people were as engrossed in the film as I was!
I was also proud of my link to Tom Hank’s personal life and the themes of the movie. This is something I hope to continue in my future live-tweeting practices- drawing abstract links from loosely related sources to further augment my understanding of Future studies.
In conclusion, my tweets for the first five weeks of this subject have been a mix of the good and not so good tweets. The positive thing is I have the rest of the semester to iterate and hone my craft of live-tweeting further!
I look forward to it,