Social Media Saturday - Monitoring

Saturday, 26 February 2011



Tomorrow night I'll be watching the Oscars (on my dinner break). While I'm watching the Oscars, I'll be tweeting comments and will post occassionally on Facebook. Why? Because I like to "monitor" what others are saying about the dresses, the awards and various celebrity gossip. It's fun to interact while the event is live.

Social media allows users to be "social." Suddenly there is someone else to share an experience with, and the parties don't have to get too close.

The Super Bowl was a good example of social media monitoring. People tweeted and "Facebooked" about the half-time show, the commercials and the game. Even if I didn't have my eyes on the TV, I didn't miss a moment because comments were streaming into my social media feeds. For me, the viewing experience was better because I used social media to discuss it in real time.

What about you? Do you like to read Twitter and Facebook while watching TV? Is being entertained by a television show too boring by itself these days? Will social media advance to be part of every aspect of our lives?  Is life better with social media?

3 comments

karen said...

Yes, I both Tweet and Facebook while watching tv. Mostly Tweet. It has become a regular part of day to day for some people, but there is still a large group that does neither. But the older generation is coming around to Facebook mainly to keep in touch with family.

Denae said...

Karen - I do the same thing. In fact, I rarely, if ever, sit down to watch TV without my lap top. However, my mom doesn't have a computer at home but I've noticed she also multi-tasks but playing Suduko while watching TV. Thanks for commenting!

LizP said...

I love reading Twitter & FB during things like the Oscars ... sometimes it saves me from actually having to watch the show on TV (like the Superbowl!)
Also if I am someplace without a TV (erm ... like work) I can find out about things from Twitter.