Live tweeting a performance – from the other side

By Kate Foy

Quite without planning it, I found myself live-tweeting on the opening night of a recent production of Secret Bridesmaids’ Business by Elizabeth Coleman (for Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre). I happened to be in my dressing-room doing a final email check of best wishes and ‘Chookas‘ when the Stage Manager gave the company stand-by call for beginners.…

Twitter: to follow or not to follow? That is the question.

By Kate Foy

Like many who use social networking software to engage in conversation, I’d characterise myself as a heavy Twitter-user.  And the more I use Twitter, the more followers I get; it’s the nature of viral communication.  I’m now followed by 1400 + people – small beans compared with some.  Now, I follow some who don’t follow…

All the results live: the Matildas on Twitter

By Kate Foy

Image via CrunchBase For the rest of us who couldn’t be at Brisbane’s Matilda Awards tonight at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Twitter came to the rescue. Pete Foley (@iusebiro) and Katherine Lyall-Watson (@arts_tart) live-tweeted the event minute by minute. This is where social media used well is absolutely brilliant! Thanks to them,…

Arts Education – what should we teach and how?

By Kate Foy

There’s a Twitter discussion happening right now hashtagged #artsed .  The hashtag acts as a search key for tweets that have anything to do with arts education, but this particular thread of the discussion is focussing on the issue of professional training for artists – more particularly theatre artists, and especially actors.  The originating posts…

Tribal Markings: hashtags

By Kate Foy

I found myself explaining the purpose of hashtags this morning on my Facebook page.  I’d posted to my news feed about a livestreaming event happening later in the day, with a reminder that hashtagging it would enable the conversation to be tracked.  Someone asked what a hashtag was.  Oh, how easily we forget that not…

Group or Page: What’s best on Facebook for an arts company?

By Kate Foy

Image by See-ming Lee ??? SML via Flickr I’ve been a fan for a long time of the blog/website as the hub of an individual’s or a group’s digital world.  Couple a blog with various outlier social networking applications like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and so on, and you expand your outreach.  Not everyone uses social…