Future Cultures Live Tweeting: The Experience – Part 2

This post will provide a critical self reflection of my live tweeting ability during the second round of movie screenings in BCM325 – Future Cultures, and the levels of engagement I obtained. The overall live tweeting experience has provided me with a new and useful skill that I didn’t previously have. I am now able to translate this skill into other aspects of professional life such as reporting an event, critically evaluating media and other texts, or even note taking in a meeting.

Feedback from my first round of live tweeting and the engagement I gained during that experience helped shape my future tweets going forward. As such, I continued my idea of starting each week with a tweet that summarised the film being watched and it’s score out of 10 from IMDb. However, these tweets actually received  less engagement than they did earlier in the semester, I believe this was due to other students implementing this same strategy into their live tweeting process.

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Similarly, I also continued with my tweets about the film and its ideas about the future. These tweets continued to obtain engagement in the form of likes, comments and retweets as fellow students still had a focus on unpacking future cultures tropes during the screenings, due to this being a core component of BCM325.

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These tweets also led to many in depth conversations about various future cultures topics in the form of replies. As mentioned in my first live tweeting experience, these reply tweets don’t gain many likes, but they still exhibit high engagement due to the extensive viewpoints and information being provided during a back-and-forth conversation.

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I also continued to receive high engagement on tweets that didn’t necessarily relate to future cultures tropes. These included tweets that were funny, relatable or wholesome. I also consider movie trivia to be a part of this category as these tweets only spark general conversation about the films. I believe these do well because they also provide content for the audience who doesn’t wish to unpack future cultures tropes from the films.

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Augmenting the audience’s knowledge was still a key component of the live tweeting sessions, so I continued to provide additional information from a range of media sources. Again, articles seemed to do well, while more obscure sources such as Google Reviews received less engagement (similar to the Reddit posts in my first round of live tweeting) unless they were directly relating to future cultures content.

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I also contributed to the attempts of my peers at augmenting the audience’s knowledge through liking, replying and retweeting their original tweets. I also improved on this from the first live tweeting by following the BCM325 hashtag instead of just engaging with the students I follow on Twitter.

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I also made great strides in improving my live tweeting ability during this second round, which also led to greater engagement on my tweets. During the first round, the lack of planning and background research limited the additional sources I could provide and the engagement I could receive. I rectified this by researching the film prior to watching it and pre-planning a number of my tweets. This allowed me write tweets that were longer and more meaningful, while also contributing relevant academic sources to the BCM325 hashtag. These surprisingly received high levels of engagement, I believe I effectively made these tweets interesting for an audience who isn’t familiar with sources of this nature.

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My final tweet of the semester was actually my most engaging, I provided a thread for peers to list their top three favourite screenings from the entire BCM325 experience. I believe this was popular as it provided a wholesome ending to the semester and gave students the opportunity to give their feedback on the subject. Most students in the class were aware of this tweet as it was also publicised by Dr. Chris Moore.



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