How I Started Live Tweeting
I despise commercials, and up until a few months ago I refused to watch any live television “real time.” For example, if I wanted to watch an award show the night it aired, I would schedule it to record on my television and would wait until it was halfway over so I could fast-forward through commercials. When my sister noticed that I did this, she said I was missing out on “live tweeting.” I could not have cared less..I had absolutely no interest in having another app on my phone and I would rather fast forward commercials than read stranger’s comments. She convinced me to give it a try during this season’s premier of The Bachelorette and I AM A CHANGED WOMAN.
Why You Should Live Tweet Events
So what is considered “live tweeting?” It’s Tweeting about an event as it is taking place (sporting event, election, television show, concert, etc) with 300 million of your closest friends. It’s a focused and interactive conversation about the very latest updates. You know how the day after the Superbowl there are dozens of hilarious memes being passed around the office email or on your group chat? Think about seeing all of that witty commentary and reaction GIFs the second they are created as a colorful play-by-play. It can also be a powerful tool to stay updated on current events such as breaking news or natural disasters, but we’re focusing on entertainment value today.
I’ve lived on both sides of the fence, and let me tell you – you are seriously missing out if you aren’t live tweeting any major event. If you don’t want to contribute with your own tweets, its worth following along just for the laughs.
3 Tips To Help You Live Tweet
- Know the designated hashtags
If a brand or company is having a major event, they will usually create an official hashtag for live tweeting purposes. For example, the hashtag for tonight’s episode of the Bachelorette is #TheBacheloretteFinale and this season of Game of Thrones is #GoTS7. Sometimes you might notice a few “unofficial” hashtags starting to trend like #bachFinale, but you’ll want to stick to the designated hashtags to see the most content.
- Know the relevant handles (username)
Think about who major participants will be, and follow them before the event starts. For example, if you’re going to watch The Oscars, follow the official handle @TheAcademy. Twitter uses a blue check mark to verify the authenticity of the account, so you can be sure you’re following the correct company, team, or celebrity handle. If you’re watching The Bachelorette Finale tonight, I would definitely follow @bacheloretteABC and @TheRachLindsay.
- Switch back and forth between top/latest
Type in the designated hashtag in the search bar, and underneath you will see different ways to view the tweets. My personal favorite way to view is to click back and forth between “top” and “latest.” Latest tweets are the most recent, and top tweets are generated through an algorithm, but are typically the ones with the most likes and retweets (aka the most hilarious or important).
So there you have it, everything you need to know to start live tweeting! Go hop on Twitter and say hey, my handle is @lo_chandler and I will definitely be live tweeting The Bachelorette finale tonight. Who do you guys think she will pick? Does anyone else hope she picks Bryan or Eric so we can have Peter as the next Bachelor?! Tweet me who you want to win!
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