Throughout this session, live tweeting has given me the opportunity to express my thoughts and opinions on the films/programs watched in class. While some have been successful in sparking discussion and activity, others failed to draw in conversations. The following is a breakdown of my top tweets spanning over 8 weeks.
Week 1: Ghost in the Shell (Film 1995)
As this was my first time live tweeting this session, I didn’t have much experience. At first I really struggled coming up with ideas to tweet because I wanted to ensure I was focusing on the film. I was expecting most of our tweets to just focus on being academic, just discussing the cyberculture aspects of each film. However, when coming up tweet ideas I was more focused on the advancement of this technology, rather than ensuring my tweet was scholarly.
Along with this, I received my first interaction on my post by one of my peers commenting on this tweet. This interaction sparked the idea to focus on having a mix of both academic and humours tweets as these are the ones that I noticed were gaining activity.
Week 2: Westworld (Film 1972)
Using the activity from last weeks tweets as a guideline, for week 2 I aimed to get at least one of my tweets to spark a comment. Using the idea of ‘stereotypes’ I found this was a great factor to implement for this film due to its cliche nature and the date of its development. As most of my peers grew up in an age with modern technology for films, I was hoping that by commenting on the production value of Westworld , this would look to spark some activity. Surprisingly enough, the only interaction I received from this week was from Chris himself. While he brought up some interesting points, for the next upcoming weeks I wanted to ensure my tweets were engaged to not only Chris but my peers as well.
Week 3: Johnny Mnemonic (Film 1995)
Playing off the strategy from last week, when composing this tweet I wanted to focus on highlighting the films sense of tackiness contrasting with the films of today. Whilst I’m not to sure Keanu Reeves would enjoy my tweet, I did enjoy seeing some of my peers relate to this post through giving it a like. For this week I did mix in more academically focused content for my other tweets but there was a lack of engagement looking back at them now, mostly only scoring one or two likes. I was finding it difficult to ensure all my tweets get even interaction so for the next upcoming films that was something I definitely looked to work on.
Week 4: The Matrix (Film 1999)
The Matrix is a popular film so I was not surprised discovering most of my peers have already watched it as they were able to come up with quick ideas for tweets. As this was my first time watching the film I did struggle keeping up with both the film and also creating content. Knowing this I decided to play off my strengths in past weeks and tweet something that looked to focus on relating to my peers rather than the film. With this, I seemed to get a great response as my posts were starting to connect more with others. Gaining more interaction off these tweets I decided that my content will centre more around humour and reliability in the next coming weeks to see if I could stay consistent.
Week 5: Black Mirror (S2E1: Be Right Back 2013)
As Black Mirror is a fairly popular program, students throughout the class had strong opinions on this show. Knowing this, I found it very difficult to stand out or collect engagement for my posts this week as the feed was flooded more than usual. While many collect reviews from sites like rotten tomato, I decided to test my theory of relatable content for this week. Whilst this tweet did fairly well, I did wish that I sparked further conversations with others for this week as a lot of my peers had contrasting arguments. In future I look to implement this strategy for my own posts to see if I can gain the same interaction as I do for my post with relatable content.
Week 6: Robot & Frank (Film 2012)
Looking at my tweets from past weeks I noticed that I had a lack of embedded media. As many of my peers were already implementing reviews and articles, I decided to utilize my strategy of humor and incorporate gifs. Looking memes throughout the timeline, they really looked to stand out amongst other posts, drawing more engagement to my tweets and overall page. Using a popular show like Parks and Recreation was a great choice as it allowed me to utilize the comedic aspects from the show to contrast the serious scenario of Franks arrest in the film. With this being the highest peak of engagement on my page all semester, using visual practices throughout these posts looked to very beneficial.
Week 7: Black Mirror (S3E6: Hated in the Nation 2016)
Using week six as a guide, for this episode of black Mirror I was hoping to maintain/ improve my tweet engagement. However, with this being my highest liked post for this week I feel I wasn’t successful. Discussed previously, these episodes of Black Mirror spark the most conversations and interactions and many of us have already seen these episodes. Whilst my post looked to still implement my previous strategy that worked in past weeks, I definitely feel like I missed an opportunity to gage others thoughts and spark a discussion, which although probably wouldn’t have received as many likes, it could have drawn more activity my overall page and gave my posts more substance.
Week 8: Blade Runner (Film 1982)
This week I wanted to focus on changing up my content, steering away from comedic posts as I have been incorporating this a lot throughout this session. With this I hoped to spark a debate/ conversation with other peers to gage their thoughts on the film. Unfortunately looking at my tweets I struggled to gain any activity for this week, only gaining a total of one or two likes on my posts. Although Chris did engage with some of the tweets from this week, I can see that I have more success with my classmates reacting to my posts incorporating humor and relatable aspects rather than tweets that are more academic. Going forward I think that it is important to incorporate a balance of comedic and academic aspects throughout you posts to gage the best response for audiences.