Tweeting SOTU: News or Entertainment?

Tweeting is more different than most other news sharing ways that have developed in our country.  And when viewing President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address through the looking glass of Twitter, it is quite a different experience than we seem used to.  Political commentator Keith Olbermann live tweeted the event and gave his insight and responses in immediate fashion to everything Obama was saying.

Doing a quick scan of the times of Olbermann’s tweets, he appears to have hit the “Tweet” button an average of about once every two minutes.  Olbermann’s comments (@KeithOlbermann) do not appear to be too in depth or too analytical.  He was usually trying to make a joke or give some brief insight into the atmosphere that viewers couldn’t see on television.

One of the main topics that Olbermann focused on was this year’s seating arrangement.  Aside from the generically jokes about people not being able to find their seats, he also shared some valuable tweets about how the seating impacted the atmosphere and the clapping from the audience.  This goes along with his “not-too-serious” mentality with his live tweeting but it also provided some good analysis on some things that viewers might not have picked up on.  Another example of this is calling attention to the black and white “Giffords Ribbons.”  He noted that the justices were not wearing them and that bailed out any speculation for why Obama wasn’t wearing one either.

I was mildly surprised that Olbermann didn’t focus a whole lot on the speech itself.  He didn’t clutter up his account with the generic quotes from the speech.  And he also didn’t provide too much analysis of the overall themes.  I expected much more substantial comments, even more opinions considering the tweeter.


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