As it turns out, I tweeted for the 2000th time, a couple of weeks ago. Actually it was a retweet, unsurprisingly about baseball from a Tiger fan who calls himself Phil Coke's Brain.
Here it is:
|My unremarkable 200th tweet.|
The avatar is quite humorous, because Phil Coke is a normally mediocre player with entertaining eccentricities and odd quips. Ironically he has performed as a hero in the recent baseball playoffs that have produced a trip to the World Series by our beloved Tigers. It is not surprising that I would have been on Twitter during a baseball game. I have a special column of "all star" tweeters on my Tweetdeck which I usually follow on my iPad as I watch the game on tv. It is quite entertaining to watch the game with these fellow sports nuts during a contest.
It's much more difficult to do this at a Tiger game because getting a cellular signal is so difficult. I was in bliss when I visited Target Field in Minnesota. The Minnesota Twins actually provide Wi-fi for the fans, assuming that they wish to enrich the experience with their mobile devices. In fact, the Twins had their own in-house app for mobiles.
This probably strikes some old-time fans as disrespect for the game itself. But I would point out a couple of things. First, I am a serious sports fan. Aso, I love it that I do not have to wait until the next day for a newspaper to get someone's informed reaction to the game. And, if you think about it there is a lot of dead time during a baseball (or football) game. Plenty of time for both watching and tweeting.
This year, M-Hub is going to initiate an enrichment activity at Mercy High School using Twitter. As far as I know it will be the first attempt to carry on a conversation through mobile devices during a school activity. We are working with the dedicated planners of the Women Mean Business Symposium to arrange for a Twitter hashtag during their panel presentations. Tweeters can then have their comments projected onto a screen and perhaps some of the chirps can play into the program itself. Hopefully this can model a best practice using social media for our students and draw them more personally into the program.
|Creative Commons photo by ~Ilse|