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I'm a fan of several geeky shows, including Agents of SHIELD. (No, I'm not going to bother with all the periods.)  I also live in California so see things three hours later than everyone else.

I'm not one of those "no no no don't you EVER utter a spoiler" people, people get excited and say things. It happens. But I hate it when people "live tweet". And worse, I follow not only the show's link but a few others, and THREE ACCOUNTS decided to live tweet the east coast feed.

In 99.99999% of the cases, live-tweeting a show adds NOTHING to the enjoyment of watching it, even if you're watching in the same time zone as they're tweeting. It's not even the spoils, just lots of comments like "wow that must've hurt" "Ouch, better know better than to challenge him/her" "Oh no, do you think they'll survive?"

These are the cases where live-tweeting is useful:

I'm not talking about excited utterances over twitter. If your mind was just blown when Cassandra showed up on that cloak on The Librarians and SPOILER REMOVED and you just have to comment on it, cool. Try not to be too spoilery, but even if it happens, hey, we're fans, we get excited. I'm talking about saying "I'm going to live blog this show" and you keep posting things just because you're live blogging and it's expected.

Maybe this is just me. Maybe lots of people love reading the utterly useless banal live blogs of shows they're watching (I did get a little judgmental there) and I'm sure some people find it fun to do a live blog. Do it off your normal twitter feed, please. Either use another service, or get another twitter account. Before the show, and a couple times during, go ahead and tweet "Hey, I'm love blogging this show at {link}". Those who like it will open that in a new browser tab and watch, the rest of us don't have our feeds spammed.

Thanks for listening to this rant.

Posted on March 3, 2015, 7:24 pm
Last updated on March 6, 2015, 5:28 am

Donald Brown

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