They say the early bird gets the worm… or appropriated through the modern technological lens, the early tweet catches the word… both sentiments cannot possibly apply to me this semester and it is the most obvious improvement I need to work on. Due to my circumstances expressed in my previous post, I ultimately ended the semester three weeks behind on tweets.
However, overall I do feel that my tweeting practises have improved substantially since the last time I analysed my tweets. Some feedback I received from Chris was about moving past symbolic links to think how these symbols and the representations of the future help us to think critically and optimistically. It was also suggested that I expand my audience, to make connections outside of the class and to grow my twitter following. I feel overall I have achieved this, and certainly think that my twitter has been positively impacted by the engagements I have cultivated through this subject.
Since a week-to-week breakdown isn’t possible, I instead would like to highlight the top tweet interactions and demonstrate how they have illustrated personal progression in my live-tweeting skills.
My engagement was a bit of a mixed bag in that some tweets did really well and I had some deep discussions with people inside and outside of the subject. However, I also experienced tweets where I tried to incorporate elements that fit the criteria for live tweeting but didn’t necessarily garner the engagement that my other tweets did. I think this is a lesson in improving the construction of my tweets; thinking closer about the way I present something online so that it is academic yet accessible. In future, I think my tweets would be better-received if not so calculated- more relaxed and therefore more authentic.
I think my research skills have also improved since the last time engaging with the live tweets- the articles and academic or lecture materials I communicated through my tweets were predominately researched ahead of time and were more focused instead of just being vaguely relatable. This resulted in some fascinating conversations via twitter and even helped to point me in the direction of new resources. it also highlight how important it is to plan (and also how that is not one of my strong characteristics).
As we moved into the second round of live tweeting I did feel a lot more comfortable engaging others and offering my subject knowledge where possible through comments, re-tweets and likes on discussions each week. A particular highlight I wanted to share was my ability to assist a fellow student with her question by providing knowledge in my particular skill set! It reminded me that I do have specific subject knowledge I can be sharing on twitter that would be of value to my network and would extend my twitter account so that it is not just reserved as a UOW coursework account.
A final insight I discovered through my live tweeting was that there is a great deal to be gained by engaging with specific fanbases (such as the Alita fans) and how through meaningful interactions your network diversifies of its own accord, exposing you to new opinions and perspectives. Also key is the insight that this directly links to the qualities at the core of futures studies and therefore our futures as media and communications professionals.
To quote Sardar (1999, p.5), this live tweeting experience has personified the idea of:
“open mindedness, diversity, flexibility, creativity, and accepting that there will be few ultimate solutions, continually seeking new information… accepting a participatory approach… just as history teaches us about our different pasts, futures studies emphasises our different futures.”
In conclusion, I have found the two self-analysis tasks regarding our tweets to be very revealing and beneficial to my development and self-awareness of the skills necessary to think like a futurologist and instil these processes into my personal and (in the future) professional life.
Sardar, Z., 1999. Orientalism. Buckingham [England]: Open University Press.