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Guest post by the lovely Leanne Miller.
Many of us simply can’t get enough of Facebook and Twitter and it’s fair to say social networking sites have revolutionised our lives. Chatting to friends or posting holiday snaps has become simpler than ever and plenty of us go online at least once a day.
The internet is a great place to read gossip, scan the headlines and catch up on all the latest film news. In fact, many movie fans regularly log onto the net to watch trailers, discuss new releases and check out what is on at the cinema.
With more and more people using the web as a way to connect with others over their passion for cinema, here are five top reasons to tweet while watching a movie (but obviously only when at home and not in theatres!):
Believe it or not, tweeting while watching a movie can actually be a really exciting and rewarding experience. If an old classic comes on TV, why not pick up your iPhone and see who else is watching it? Share your thoughts and opinions on certain scenes as they happen and ask questions as the movie plays. Of course if you are having a romantic date this might not be advisable, but if you are chilling out on your own this kind of interactive chit-chat can be great.
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Have you ever lost track of a movie half way through and wondered what the hell is going on? Has a particular subplot or character flaw bothered you for days? Well, don’t suffer alone! If you get confused during a film, simply log on to Twitter and talk to other film fans. There is sure to be someone out there who put your mind at rest.
If you enjoy watching films but drive everyone nuts by getting fidgety, it might be a good idea to keep one eye on the TV while you surf the net. See what people are saying about the thriller or sci-fi movie you are watching and join in the buzz. If you are clued up about certain actors or have knowledge about the creative team, then you could try and answer people’s questions and share your wisdom.
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While watching a DVD, you could always post a selection of interesting links. Share funny YouTube clips of the movie you are watching with your friends and you might receive some in return. There are so many quizzes and fun games on the net, so if you find one that catches your attention it would be really cool to share it on Twitter. You could even check out all the latest film trailers and post a video to make sure your followers are in the loop.
The best thing about social media is that it is really fun! Combining your love of film with you passion for technology could be a great way to spend an evening – if you are that way inclined. If you have been to see a new release then you could even get straight online afterwards to share your opinions and see what others thought. Did Julia Roberts look better in Ocean’s Twelve, or was she much hotter in Pretty Woman? The option to start a debate is yours.
So the next time you are planning a film night, perhaps consider Tweeting to make your evening an interactive experience.
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