Math and Journalism: #wjchat Storified

After my ambitious intentions (and subsequent struggles) to utilize Rupaul’s Drag Race and hashtag #dragrace as the setting for my assigned Twitter chat, I learned the setting for a viable chat needed to be smaller, more intimate and actually more specialized.  Alongside my classmates in Social Media Theory, I participated in such a Twitter chat during the weekly #wjchat scenario, which takes up different topics each week pertaining to journalism.  Journalism professionals, professors and students from all across the country participated. I got a firm grasp on how a Twitter chat should actually work during this process.

An interesting observation did surface during this Twitter chat as well. While the primary (and also challenging) conversation about math and its role in journalism continued on the main hashtag feed, I saw pretty quickly that subsets of conversation can easily develop during these scenarios.  An observation I made engaged two other participants in the Twitter chat (who also happened to be classmates and who have two very different backgrounds in journalism).  I was intrigued to see how our semi-private, related yet unrelated conversation developed its own identity while the three of us maintained engagement in the main Twitter chat conversation.

Indeed, it’s accurate to say that for a guy who only a few weeks ago had never even really tweeted at all, my experience with Twitter already has advanced far beyond capabilities and benefit of understanding that I could’ve never foreseen. Follow the link below to see how I’m evolving!


“Barry vs. Drag Race” Twitter Chat Storified

I should’ve known better. But probably out of sheer naivete and over-enthusiasm and on assignment to carry out a Twitter chat for J7330, I endeavored to do so with the thousands of fans of Rupaul’s Drag Race.

First of all, I’m way too obsessed with this television show to be distracted with anything. The endeavor was largely doomed only on that front. Second, I’m still pretty new on Twitter, so diving into such a flurry was probably a bit too much, too soon. And finally, Drag Race has a very active scenario on Twitter–with nation-wide interaction and even actual direct input from show creators, contestants and even Rupaul himself. To attempt to effectively engage in that setting is ambitious for even the Twitter savvy.

But I tried it anyways–TWICE.  I had some meager successes and even some engagement with the stars of the show. And I learned plenty about what kinds of twitter chat scenarios are conducive and how settings like this one are more effectively navigated.

In honor of the assignment, I did a third twitter chat to have more compelling evidence. That Storify is forthcoming. But for giggles and for recreation’s sake, I pulled together this Storify version of my two endeavors with Drag Race. Just follow the link below!

The 86th Academy Awards (#joscar) Storified

It’s time for another Storify,  this time featuring my fellow University of Memphis Department of Journalism graduate students and professors and our “tweeted” perspectives of the 86th Academy Awards.  Concurrently being battered by a severe winter storm and studying for a looming exam, my peers and I used hashtags #joscar and #memice to chronicle the events of the evening via Twitter’s social media platform.  Follow the link below to enjoy my summary of the evening using Storify!

International Collegiate Twitter Scavenger Hunt Storified

In what turned out to be an excellent exercise in gaining some command on Twitter, my classmates and I joined with colleges and universities all over the country and even internationally to compete in the Twitter Scavenger Hunt.  Our professors provided the scavenger list…we provided the Twitter content.  I joined the challenge with my University of Memphis cohorts Robin Spielberger and Jessica Rainer.  The three of us attacked the challenge with not a little ingenuity and finished the week-long task with a compilation of scavenged tweets.  The culmination of the project was the creation of a video using the social media app called Vine.  Below is the link to our Storify version of the challenge, including our Twitter interaction with students on UofM campus and across the nation.

I’m still pretty green with Twitter and all its functionalities, but this challenge definitely added to my progress.  The most difficult part of the assignment was part and parcel to the way Twitter works: attempting to cram all the information (quotes, tags, hashtags, links and pictures) into the 140-character limit imposed for posting on Twitter.  But with a little collaboration and plenty of creativity, we circumvented the limitations and completed the challenge.

Enjoy our adventures!

A Social Media Week Storified (2/2/14-2/9/14)

The link below will walk you through what a typical week for my social media use looks like, using Storify to aggregate my posts from the sites I use. For now, I rely on only three social media networks: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow the Storify  link below to gain a little insight into how I might typically coordinate posts on all three outlets during a typical week to communicate with friends and colleagues alike.

#jbowl Storified

Our class was challenged to live tweet the Super Bowl using the hashtag #jbowl.  This was quite daunting for me, since I’m a new Twitter user and since I’ve never really cared about the Super Bowl.

But I have to say, the experience was enlightening and actually fun.  I’ve become a semi-regular tweeter in the aftermath, and I actually unearthed a little wistfulness over all the Super Bowl parties I could’ve let myself enjoy through the years had I realized beforehand that it’s not all that much about the football. Sigh.

Anyway, the link below contains my Storify version of the event–all capsulized and summarized for you to enjoy.