When I was given the choice of an event to live tweet, the one that jumped out at me was Jail N Bail. This great event is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics in which one can “arrest” their friends for a small fee, and the friends need to “bail themselves out” by raising donations. It is an all-around good time in which fun is had and money is raised for a great cause.
I was very excited to cover the event, though I experienced some difficulties while doing it due to having to miss some of it because of class, and not being able to find anybody to interview for awhile. I planned to ask some public safety officers for some quotes and my plan worked to perfection, as I was able to get some great quotes from Todd Pelazza, the director of public safety, which greatly enhanced my work. As I worked, I learned how to ask enticing questions, as well as to keep my tweets short so as not to exceed the word limit. When I needed to exceed the limit, I used a tactic that I have seen employed by many sportswriters that I follow on Twitter, which is to use numbers before the tweets to show that the tweet would be split into multiple parts.
As I live tweeted, I used some of the tips from the link we were given to great effect, and disregarded others, having no need for them. I was lucky enough to have a hashtag already chosen for me by the event organizers, as #jailnbail was already set up beforehand. I paid attention as I worked, using the best and most interesting quotes I could so as to entice my audience. I knew my audience before tweeting, so I knew how to angle my tweets to get them read. I attributed those that I quoted in order to give them credit for their help, as any decent writer should do. I used rich media in my tweets, ensuring that I used pictures and hyperlinks so that those reading my tweets would have a better experience and understand what was going on.
I was able to follow others who were covering the event, and retweeted Maggie McKenzie a couple of times to show my solidarity with her and her work. I brought in diverse viewpoints by including some of Maggie’s tweets on my twitter by retweeting them, giving my audience a chance to see things through another’s eyes. Finally, I had already followed Maggie previously so I had no need to follow her back, though we did retweet and favorite some of each other’s tweets.
I never linked back to any of my earlier tweets, as there really wasn’t much to say once Jail N Bail had ended. Nobody conversed with me during the event, so I had no chance to keep the conversation going unfortunately, and I didn’t get any new followers from live tweeting, so I had no chance to follow them back. Finally, no interesting conversations took place on Twitter as the event progressed, preventing me from taking note of the most interesting ones.
All in all, live tweeting a school event was a great experience, and one that I hope to be able to repeat in the future.
Here are all of the hyperlinks to my tweets.