Blog Post #9: The Macy’s Day Parade through the Twitter-verse

I live-tweeted the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving’s Day Parade for my Twitter project. I was on the street amongst the crowd, but I had a pretty clear view of all of the action and being in the crowd made finding interview subjects fairly simple.

I think my favorite part of the project was talking to the other people on the streets that were watching the parade, especially the people that I included in my interviews. They were very easy to talk to and were excited to help me out with my assignment by speaking with me. I had an absolute blast talking to Taylor Dafoe. His quote about Richard Simmons ha me in stitches for a while.

The only thing that I did not really enjoy about the project was that Twitter was not being very cooperative with me when I would try and tweet pictures of the floats. I tried restarting my phone multiple times to attempt to remedy the situation, but it did nothing. For some reason I was able to tweet two photos and that was it, and those photos were not nearly as dynamic as the photos I wanted to upload. So that was a bit frustrating.

Twitter issues aside, nothing about completing the project surprised me really. I live-tweet sporting events for the Branding Iron quite frequently, and, on average, I tweet close to 100 times per event (especially with football and basketball). So the 10 tweets was a nice break from that.

In the future, I see my social media use increasing drastically (for better or worse). I also have already noticed a distinct shift in how I use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. I rarely use them for personal reasons anymore. On Facebook, I am either looking for potential story ideas based on what people are talking about, and I do the same for Twitter plus the live-tweeting. I could see my use of these sites becoming even more professional in the future.

And now I have to get a Google+ account, so there’s that.

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