Well, tagging in Reddit was a bust, and the entire class quickly realized that that particular format was not going to work there. It was funny, actually, to see how fast it happened. Redditors are a machine of anonymity and yet familiarity; they saw something that was going to break up the peace of their subreddits and squashed it within 24 hours. Much like the We Are Legion movie I watched about Anonymous. Our tenure in Reddit was brief. I appreciate that sort of decisive action. (And I also shake my head at it.)
But moving over to Twitter to tag and post bookmarks, that I can do. I love Twitter. It’s been very helpful to me in my social media life, networking, and it even assisted in procuring my last job. I use it to follow my favorite gifted and talented professionals, connect with fellow book nerds, cyber stalk Lin-Manuel Miranda or the Outlander cast (I kid about the stalking, but it is fun to watch people you wouldn’t normally connect with in a seemingly “intimate” setting) and I’ve even Twitter-spoken to John Hodgman, which blew my mind in a way that only nerd-fangirls can appreciate. (And it was about time travel! And he burned me with clever wordplay!)
But really the moments that I’ve found Twitter most helpful are the threads during major events. Most recently, Comey testifing, which you could follow #comeytestimony or the more cheeky #comeyday. All the tweets in that hastag follow the same line of thought. I always do it during UA football games because the commentary on Twitter is better than the commentary on TV, and waaaaay funnier. I’m also obsessed with British shows, and when they have their awards shows and my favorite actors are there, I enjoy following the thread about what is happening at the BAFTAs or some such gathering. The most somber one was the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. I followed both Reddit and Twitter for information about the situation and both threads were more up-to-date than CNN or MSNBC. It was wild to see that happen.
When I first started this class, I was a bit overwhelmed by it, but it has settled to a dull (and more understandable) roar. Taking Reddit out of the equation has really helped with that. But I’m looking forward to really taking a bite out of the gifted blog/database I started for our Information Prototype project and adding more to that, and analyzing Twitter for my graduate assignment.