For my twitter event, I chose the Thursday night NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. The game took place on November 15 in Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson stadium, and the Bills won the game 19-14. It was an exciting game to watch, and to tweet about.
The first thing I noticed about tweeting this event is that there was so much more activity online than our previous Twitter assignments. For the in-class Twitter chat, and especially the out of class Twitter chat, I was disappointed with the amount of activity (number of tweets on the subject). It makes it harder to interact with others online. With this event though, there were hundreds of tweets pouring in every minute. In fact, the hashtag #MIAvsBUF was listed under the top U.S. trends on Twitter last night during the game.
I am not a fan of either team that played last night, and I think that made the entire event more fun for me. It was cool to see perspectives from fans of both teams as big plays occurred. Only minutes into the game, the Bills scored a touchdown on an impressive punt return by Leodis McKelvin. Twitter almost blew up. Angry fans, ecstatic fans – they all filled the Tweetchat feed, and reading their reactions was almost as entertaining as the game itself.
Overall, I was pleased with this assignment. I have participated lightly in event chats before, but not to the extent that I did last night. It is probably something I will do more often now that I am more familiar. The Tweetchat website is an incredibly useful tool when you want to partipate, and see everyone’s tweets as they come in.
To see highlights from last night’s game, Click Here!