Coming back to uni from the break, I was concerned that my skills as a live-tweeter would have dwindled, but instead I found myself settling back into the rhythm of live-tweeting with ease. The second batch of films was more recent but still held plenty of topics of discussion for me to latch onto.
I found myself getting dragged into long, intense debates about certain cherry-picked moments of the film, with tweets often becoming increasingly theoretical and abstract. Whilst these were particularly enlightening to certain elements of the film, it also caused me to become distracted and I often found myself missing crucial parts of the film.
However, I personally thought my analysis of the key themes present to be engaging and in-depth, and that the quality of both mine and other’s tweets were worth delving into. Perhaps it is a testament to the class’s live-tweeting skills that these discussion chains were so worthwhile to analysis – every participant was able to ask deep questions regarding themes and debating opinions in a manner not seen in earlier weeks.
Branching off from this, I began framing my tweets as questions in order to encourage a platform for discussion. I found that this resulted in tweets with higher engagement through both likes and replies, resulting in some of my most popular analytic tweets to date. Responding to other’s questions also allowed me to bounce off other ideas and provide answers that others may have been thinking about, which proved beneficial for engagement.
In the first round of live-tweeting, I found that my tweets focusing on cinematic analysis and techniques were highly engaging. This seemed to be the opposite case in the second round, with many film-centric tweets performing poorly. I cannot fathom why this may be except that in earlier films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film is renowned for its film style as opposed to Robot and Frank, for example.
One exception to this was found in my references to Black Mirror. As a show focused on the detrimental possibilities of technology, it was easy to find episodes that resonated with the films we were watching. Perhaps its status as a relatively well-known TV show allowed for higher engagement; in particular, relating Be Right Back to Marjorie Prime caught the attention of my lecturer.
This time around, humorous tweets took a backseat. Maybe my newfound confidence in my ability to analyse film themes meant that I had more to say in serious tweets than in humorous quips and jokes. The one film that was the exception to this is Johnny Mnemonic, a film whose notoriously bad acting and quotability allowed for a few great tweets.
What I am most proud of this time around is the level of engagement I managed to garner in the form of discussion threads. I made a note in my previous live-tweeting blog post that I struggled to create or engage in a reply thread, and it is evident that I have greatly improved on this front. It has been fun learning to utilise Twitter in this regard over the course of BCM325, and I think my typing speed may even have increased – an unexpected bonus.