Tweet Seats In Theaters? How Enjoyable Can That Be?
By Tes Solomon Sil... on January 16, 2012
So how would you feel if your're trying to concentrate on a show or play you're watching, then you hear a vibrating sound next to you and realize that its someone tweeting? Believe it or not, tweeting is now condoned while watching plays or opera in theaters and are called "tweet seats".
Tweet seats were first used in by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in September as an experiment for their concert audience, a way to interact with the audience while the show was going on. It was successful for CSO because it enabled their audience to tweet about the show to the public and their followers, thus allowing others to have the same experience when they see a CSO performance.
Since then, other theaters have followed suit, allotting sections as tweet seats for any person who was inclined to tweet while watching a performance. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra have also started providing tweet seats for an hour, known as "Happy Hour at the Symphony" to attract young professionals. While Broadway productions have not adopted this new trend as of yet, the upcoming Godspell production may try to use tweet seats.
While I, myself, like tweeting, I'm not sure if tweeting during a performance is something I can do and still enjoy watching a production. There are those who believe that tweeting makes watching a production an interactive experience, but at who's expense? For someone who doesn't like missing any part of a production, tweeting would just be distracting for me. I'm a big fan of tweeting, and I would tweet about what I may have seen or heard after the fact. It may take a while for this trend to take hold, but it might be interesting to see if theatre-goers would continue to pay for seats if they're next to people who tweet during a show or concert. That's my take on this, what's yours?
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