I was in Austin at SXSW all last week. If you follow Black Hoodie Rap on Twitter, you probably saw a bunch of updates about the various things I got into while I was down there.
Professor Kennedy has asked me to explain a little more about how I used Twitter as a reporting tool in doing this, so here it goes:
For SXSW specifically, Twitter is the best communication tool next to a phone call or text message. There are so many showcases going on at once, with so many surprises, special guests, last minute additions, etc. For this reason, Twitter is easily the best tool to communicate these types of things. Graphic flyers are not easily edited and blogs are tough to read on cell phones, so it becomes pretty clear why Twitter is more efficient at communicating these various things. Not to mention, much of the music community is arguably more in tune with Twitter than any other social media medium.
- March 19, 2:52 PM (Artists never go on when they’re supposed to, so here’s an example of how to keep people informed as to what is going on and when)
Visuals always help, so I made a heavy use of Tweetphoto, ie: taking pictures with my phone and immediately uploading them to Twitter.
- March 20, 3:56 pm – at Salt Lick BBQ
- March 19, 7:39 PM – at Austin Music Hall, watching Raphael Saadiq perform (note: the picture was mistakenly labeled as Saadiq. It is actually Mayer Hawthorne).
Last, but not least, I used it for a little contest for Black Hoodie Rap.