How Live Tweeting Trains Us to be Negative


    I first joined Twitter in April 2009. Since that time, I’ve learned that attracting a following involves being active, especially during major pop culture events. As such, live tweeting became a key part of my strategy but it came with a cost.

    For seven years, I enjoyed commenting on television shows and breaking news on Twitter. In fact, I scheduled live tweeting into my day and gathered additional the media – GIFs and memes – to make my updates more interesting. In other words, I knew exactly what I would need to get attention on Twitter.

    Live tweeting is a standard practice for news companies, celebrities and the average Twitter user. That’s because it’s an effective way to build a following, be immersed in a story, and increase influence.

    The problem with live tweeting
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    This is the tweet that made me reconsider how I used Twitter. Although snide remarks have been key to live tweeting for years, seeing the act so described put it all in perspective. Moreover, the comment came at a time when I was slowly distancing myself from social media and television. Thus, it gave me the push I needed to detach.

    Live tweeting brings people together but the intention behind the act can be problematic. Really, laughing with each other is wonderful but laughing at someone else is less than admirable.

    This episode of Trini Trent TV details my experiences with live tweeting. Also, I share my views about how the practice can be detrimental as it takes us out of the present moment. All for the sake of external validation and the drive to be noticed.

    Are 140 characters of “shade” worth missing the beauty of world around us?

    “The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow but the rainbow won’t wait while you finish the work.” – Patricia Clifford