Yesterday was the #13HourDevour Hannibal marathon--I broke down and got the Amazon Prime free trial for other reasons, and it turned out to be a pretty good way to stream the show and watch along, although a lot of folks were using their DVDs as well. I kept meaning to walk away at some point and do non-computer stuff, but... I ended up sitting there through the whole thing. The whole thirteen hours. I mean, I was multi-tasking, but... thirteen hours. I am no longer afraid of the Oscars next Sunday. My fingers are ready.
The way I did it, though, didn't so much involve finging as a lot of gathering and organizing--I didn't necessarily livetweet that much myself, except towards the end. But I really wanted to put a Storify post pulling a lot of different things together, and I wanted it done before I called it a night, rather than let it take over today as well. So we ended up with three posts total (with single-page versions as well). A sample:
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As far as I can tell, it was wildly successful--various hashtags trended all day long, sometimes things that the producers didn't even come up with. Like, within minutes. The Hugh Dancy Q&A was in the second hour (see first post); various cast and crew wandered in throughout the whole day, with @NBCHannibal doing giveaways on the hour and at least one producer holding down the fort at any given time. I was just super interested in the whole process from a social-media perspective, because I don't think anyone's ever tried anything like this before, and it was fascinating to see it actually work. I'm sure it looks super obsessive on my part, but I just really enjoy experimenting with what you can do with this kind of thing.
I did set up a second Twitter account, though--@cleolindajones--to spare casual followers from massive livetweetage. So I'll probably be on that second account for the Oscars, Hannibal on Fridays, whenever I get to livetweet the second Game of Thrones book, Sleepy Hollow next year, and so on. Feel free to follow or unfollow that as necessary; I try to be vague anyway, but hopefully putting livetweets on a separate account will help people in different time zones and/or countries avoid spoilers until they want to see them.
So! I'm recording with the Matter of Taste guys again tomorrow night; we have the season 2 premiere on Friday (DOUBT NOT), the Oscars on Sunday night, and God knows when I'll have the first episode recap up considering all that plus the fact that the show's moved back a day and I don't have a "long weekend" time frame anymore. (Links to the season one recaps are worked into the marathon posts, but they're also listed here, if you want to revisit them fist.) Also I have another couple of writing deadlines, which is exciting, but clearly I'm going to have to bring my time-management A game to all this. Fortunately, spring is coming, which will help a lot.
ALSO I have started watching True Detective, which surprised me with the King in Yellow thing that none of y'all told me about, if you would like to discuss that here. I'm catching up on the latest episode sometime today, if/after I have been productive.
COME SCRAPE ME OFF THE FLOOR WHEN YOU'VE GOT A MOMENT