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Tweet along with The Archers - Monday 6 Dec

Thursday 2 December 2010, 14:26

Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

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One of the popular uses for the microblogging site Twitter is when audiences "live tweet" while watching or listening to a favourite programme, such as The Apprentice or Zane Lowe's Masterpieces.

An enthusiastic group of Twitter users already regularly tweet along to The Archers Omnibus every Sunday, sharing their reactions and speculation with other listeners.

We'd like you to give this a try during the evening episode at 7pm next Monday, 6 Dec.

Partly because it's fun, but also to help us.

Because The Archers celebrates its 60th anniversary on 1 Jan 2011, the episode on Sunday 2 Jan will be double length. Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn promises that it will be "unmissable".

We know that many people will want to comment on the special episode, and so we're developing an internet application which will collect and reflect these comments, present them in a graphical style, and record them so that the reactions can be replayed along with the episode.

For the anniversary, we'll collect comments from a number of sources. But to help us test out the application on Monday we'd just like you to comment via Twitter. If you're not already on Twitter, why not join up and give it a go?

So that we can collect your tweets, make sure each one includes the "hashtag" #thearchers

I'll be tweeting along on Monday, so I hope to see you (or at least your comments) then.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer. He can be found on Twitter (in his personal capacity) as @keridavies

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    Comment number 1.

    So, can we start a blog, and if so, how?

    Or do we have to comment only on the blog topic?

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    Comment number 2.

    Keri, I'm sorry to be so dumb, but I don't really get 'Twitter' and I speak as someone who's occasionally used it. For example, I've sometimes sent someone with a 'public' Twitter page (like you) a message on Twitter (a 'tweet', I assume) and I've seen their replies to me on their page, but I assumed that my actual messages, i.e my 'tweets', are invisible to the general public. I don't have my own 'Twitter' page, nor do I want one (I use blog spot, where I can post a much longer piece), and I don't want anyone 'tweeting' at me with lots of trivia. Friends send me email. I certainly wouldn't want to 'tweet live' about The Archers--while I was 'tweeting' my poor old brain would miss some of the dialogue.

    If I, a relatively happy 'silver surfer' who loves Youtube feels this confused, I wonder how others on here might feel?
    I think some (well, me definitely!) might need more technical info! That radio 2 link isn't enough for me.

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    Comment number 3.

    So that we can collect your tweets, make sure each one includes the "hashtag" #thearchers

    More clarification, please? Where would someone send the 'tweets'? To your Twitter page, to the BBC Twitter page or to someone else? Does everyone have their own twitter page once they've signed it to Twitter? (If I've got one, I've never found it!)

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    Comment number 4.

    Twitter is like send a txt to everyone in the world. so to narrow it down a little you use a form of filter. this filter is a # tag aka #thearchers

    this will then allow people to filter out any message you tweet easily from the billions of messages being tweeted at any 1 time. People can create a filter for anything with #thearchers in the message. So instead of just seeing everything they just see the messages containing this tag.

    hope this helps.

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    Comment number 5.

    Yes, that is helpful, thanks. But where do I post the tweet?


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