So much has gone on for Twitter in the past week that there was way too much for one post! So today we will be posting 2 Twitter Tuesdays! The first part, this part, will focus on Twitter in the news. The second part will take a closer look at Twitter’s new redesigns, including Twitter.com, the mobile apps, and TweetDeck. Check back later today to read it!
Library of Congress to archive tweets
Last year, the Library of Congress struck up an agreement with Twitter to archive tweets to “build a unique record of our time” and the project has gotten a lot of attention recently. Every public tweet since Jack Dorsey’s first tweet will be archived, so tweets sent from protected or private accounts will not be added. The archive will be held by the library’s repository of historical documents.
“Tweet Seats” beginning to pop up in theaters
Haven’t heard of “Tweet seats”? They are a growing trend in theaters where there are designated seats for those who would like to tweet a performance. At the movies or popular music concerts, your neighbors may not mind you having your phone out; but at an opera or play, probably not. The seats are usually reserved to one side of the theater so that the glare from cellphones does not distract the rest of the audience. Seats are sometimes only offered on certain nights.
One theater that has provided “Tweet seats”, according to a Los Angeles Times blog, is the Lyric Opera in Kansas. For the final performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore,” there were 100 seats reserved for those who wanted to browse “content sent by the theater’s artistic director about the production, the scenery and whatever was happening on stage. Audience members were also encouraged to tweet questions in real time.” Shows on Broadway, such as Godspell, also have plans to have “Tweet seats” in the future.
Alec Baldwin will do a lot for Words With Friends
Last Monday, Alec Baldwin was kicked of an American Airlines flight for an “outburst” that started over a flight attendant asking him to turn his phone off as he was playing Words With Friends while the plane was still at the gate. Baldwin then went on a Twitter tirade about the flight attendant, declaring it would be his last flight with American Airlines, and using the hashtag #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt. Since, Baldwin has shut down his Twitter account. Words With Friends fans have united to support him. Zynga’s official statement, “let Alec play” was also a trending topic on Twitter.