Tweet of the day: My #365project for 2017

I’ve never done a #365project, and I’m jealous and envious of those who’ve completed one or more. Most of the ones I’ve seen are of the “one photo per day for a whole year” variety. I’ve also seen some blogging-based projects.

I was looking to commit myself to a year-long project, but I wanted it to be something a little different but equally easily accomplished. So, a couple of days ago, I decided I would try to do a #365project that involved Twitter, given my investment in that platform. What I’ve devised goes a little something like this:

  • Each day, during the times when I’m scanning Twitter, I’ll favorite any tweets that strike me as particularly meaningful to me in that moment in time. I’ve never been a big user of the favorite function on Twitter1, so this means I’ll be favoriting many more tweets this year.
  • At some point during the day, likely later in the day, I’ll pick one tweet that I’ve favorited that day that feels to me like the most personally meaningful2 tweet I read. I will then share that tweet via a blog post #onhere and likely/hopefully add a few words of context explaining why the tweet was personally meaningful.
  • I will also RT the tweet and use the hashtag #BeckerTOD. This will allow me to archive the 365 tweets, so that I can accomplish one of my goals this year which is to build up some data analysis/visualization muscles. I’m not quite sure what I can do with the corpus of 365 tweets just yet, but we’ll see…

Hopefully, by the end of the year, I’ll have 365 blog posts and a database of 365 tweets that I can use to tell my story in 2017. I know it’s a little odd to build my story around other people’s words, but it’s not too different from telling one’s story based on objects one chooses to photograph.

I thought about some ground rules or constraints, including limiting this to only tweets by people I actually follow (as opposed to a tweet that just came across my Twitter radar screen via a RT or some other means). But, for now, the only “rule” I’m using is that the tweet has to be “personally meaningful.”

I’ll probably fail bigly3 and quit at some point, like the handful of MOOCs I’ve started. But, for now, I feel pretty excited about this. Again, we’ll see…

Shortly after I publish this intro, I’ll write up my first entry in my #365project. Away we go…

  1. Frankly, I mostly use it to end a Twitter conversation. LOL. []
  2. I realize this is entirely subjective and arbitrary, but it’s my project dammit []
  3. cough/barf []

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