James Taylor Las Vegas Live Tweeting (Blog Post #7)

For this assignment, I thought it would be fun and interesting to Live Tweet a James Taylor concert I had the opportunity to see in Las Vegas with my family. The show featured legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor, supported by his All-Star band. It was held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. I was very impressed with the grandiosity and style of the venue, and the performance was complimented by very entertaining visuals and theatrics.

However, I realized early on that I had made a few simple mistakes that would make the assignment difficult. For one, I had let my phone’s battery run dangerously low. Another problem was that there was no reception in the theater. As a consequence of this, my phone died towards the end of the show.

I used a promotional approach to cover this event, since I thought it might not make sense to cover a concert like this as a news event. I thought it would make sense to write as though my audience consisted of passionate James Taylor fans who wanted to know about this concert as it occurred. Because of this, I tweeted about certain especially famous songs that Taylor performed, and tried to share as many relevant and interesting anecdotes about the performance as possible. I also used Las Vegas and Caesars Palace hashtags to promote the city’s image as a fun place and a center for live entertainment experiences.

I enjoyed sharing my thoughts about an interesting experience as it happened. As a huge fan of James Taylor’s music, I was very excited to have the opportunity to broadcast parts of this experience to others who might be interested. Still, I felt somewhat frustrated by my failure to charge my phone beforehand, as the entire thing would have gone much better with a charged phone.

I learned a lot during this experience, especially about how to think creatively when framing events to make them as interesting as possible to others. If I could have done anything differently, I would have tweeted a few more times, and done an additional interview. I also could have done some more research to see if I could find any pertinent additional context or background information to share.

In a future career, Twitter could certainly play a large role. Obviously this applies to people working in social media communications for organizations, but it also applies to having successful social networks as an individual. As an aspiring musician, it could be very important for me to maintain activity on social media sites in order to establish and maintain a connection with potential listeners and supporters. Ultimately, social networking skills are increasingly important for all kinds of career paths now and in the near future, so I’m glad to have learned from this experience.

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