IDEA/CONCEPT: They say Twitter, as all of other forms of social media, connects you to people around the globe. You are able to keep tabs with friends, coworkers, customers… ANYBODY. But unlike the rest of the social media out there, Twitter only allows you 140 characters to say what you have to say. In trying to keep within that small frame, Twittizens can get pretty creative. SO MUCH can be said within 140 characters, but so much can be missing as well. For this project, I want to gather a whole bunch of Tweets from people I know or strangers who are comfortable enough to share a Tweet. To make things a bit more fun, participants won’t be picking a Tweet they have made recently; but something they’ve posted a while ago. This would be in a totally random order. They’ll just scroll through their feed without looking and stop when they feel like it, and wherever their finger points to, will be the tweet they share.
Tweets capture what a person is thinking, as they think it. So going back to things we’ve said in the past would be really fun! Sharing people’s tweets would not just be enjoyable, but can really reflect on our thought process, journey, or mood. There’s always a back story to what we tweet. The beauty of Twitter and really random tweets is how we can reinvent, relate, or laugh at other people’s story. The creative interpretation can differ from the person tweeting to the person reading it.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if you only had 140 characters attached to it? So much for a thousand words. What makes your tweet so special?
PLATFORM: I was thinking about using Prezi or maybe iMovie. It’ll be fun to play around with video clips and seeing people’s reaction as they do the task. However, some can be camera-shy so… screenshots, here I come!
Digital Storytelling Storyboard:
Images: Twitter Icon.
Narration: Twitter: The ever so infamous little blue bird iconed social networking site that has just about everyone crazed. But if one were to define Twitter, what would they say?
*TRANSITION NEXT SLIDE: @twitter
NARRATION: Well @ Twitter says: Twitter is the best way to connect with people, express yourself and discover what’s happening.
* TRANSITION NEXT SLIDE: @urbandictionary.
Narration: But lets hear the voice of people we can actually trust. You know, because who needs Merriam Webster when you have URBAN DICTIONARY?
@enisainwonderland says it’s a site that makes stalking effortless.
Hm… sounds like we might want to stay away from Enisa. But seriously, Twitter is Stalk Central.
@jerrythemoose thinks Twitter is Facebook for people with short attention spans.
@J’adoreUD The only social network where the world revolves around Justin Bieber
*TRANSITION NEXT SLIDE: @issarox
Narration: What do I think about Twitter? Well, it’s a place to complain about food cravings, the MTA, and pop culture. Yeah, there’s news updates too, somewhere. #notereally #peopleusereallylonghashtags
Now, that you know my twitter handle… follow me! Just kidding. Why would you want to follow an extremely awkward, funny person anyway? I heard we could get boring sometimes too.
Image: White Twitter Icon
Narration: Twitter is home to hashtags and @signs, the original Follow Friday and Throwback Thursday trendsetters. Whether what you post is meaningful or not, Twitter is here to be that platform.
Images: screen shot of first ever tweet
Narration: On March 21st, 2006, the first ever tweet was sent out. And if you ask me, it’s a perfect example of a meaningless, who cares, and how does this even matter, kind of tweet. But hey! First tweet ever? Kudos to you @jack!
*Transition: 288 Million active users
Narration: With 288 million active users,
*Transition: 500 Million tweets
Narration: and 500 million Tweets sent per day, Twitter has definitely made itself,
Image: Twitter Relationship Equation.
Narration: But what’s our relationship with Twitter really like?
*Transition: Can we really fit what we want to say in 140 characters?
Images: Question mark
Narration: Do we really use Twitter the way it’s intended to? Was it actually intended for something bigger than quick rants or #twitterfacts?
Images: Twitter Vs. Other Social Media
Narration: Tweets capture what a person is thinking, as they think it. They can really reflect on our thought process, journey, or mood.
Narration: So let’s take a look at some tweets roaming around the twitter world and get a better sense of what I mean.
Narration: There’s always a back-story to what we tweet. The beauty of Twitter and really random tweets is how we can reinvent, relate, or laugh at other people’s story. The creative interpretation can differ from the person tweeting to the person reading it. As far stretch as it may seem, and despite all the flak Twitter receives, it continues to show how relevant it is to the Digital Age. There’s always going to be rambling and random tweets, but that’s people thinking out loud. Twitter is showing the revolution of speech. It’s a place where people can say what they want, no matter how deep or useless it may be.