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Tips for live tweeting TV

Posted November 13

It’s fun to take the conversation online to discuss the madness of a TV show with other fans in the form of the live tweet. Below are some tips on how best to do it. (Deseret Photo)

TV LAND — In today’s TV-watching climate, there are so many options for experiencing television it’s almost ridiculous.

You can watch a show and then watch another hour of a show that talks about the first show. You can watch a show and then immediately get online and talk to a bunch of strangers on Tumblr about theories. You can re-live the episodes over and over in GIF form. The possibilities for experiencing and watching TV are endless.

Heading into November sweeps (when network television airs its weddings and deaths and other gasp-worthy moments to get the highest ratings), it’s fun to take the conversation online to discuss the madness with other TV fans in the form of live tweeting Below are some tips on how best to do it.

Warn your followers you’re about to live-tweet

It’s only fair to be polite about the tweetstorm you’re about to unleash. That’s what the “mute” button is for! (This could apply to sporting events as well.) That way your followers don't get annoyed of your commentary if they aren't interested.

Use hashtags

A lot of the fun of tweeting about a show as it airs is making new internet friends who are also tweeting. It can also help your favorite shows — if they get a lot of twitter attention they’re more likely to stick around!

Tag friends you know are also watching the show

Start conversations and introduce your similarly-minded internet people by introducing them to your favorite show, whether they like the same couple or disagree on plot points.

Give spoiler alerts

If you don’t want to be vague or strictly reactionary, be courteous to your followers for at least 24 hours following the original airdate of the episode. If you’re watching old episodes of “Buffy” or “The X-Files,” though, no pressure. Spoilers have a statute of limitations.

Consider an account just for the purpose of live tweeting

People who enjoy live tweeting many events and episodes might consider a separate account just for that purpose, so people can join in and follow along — or not! That way you aren't constantly blasting your followers with a ton of tweets about one thing.

Amanda is a writer and pop culture fanatic who studied journalism at BYU. She's written for Entertainment Weekly, Deseret News, KSL and many blogs, sites and papers. Currently writing at the U and running Apple Juice Productions. On Twitter @appleaju

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