Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Twitter #FF Experiment

I was starting to find Twitter a bit stale and a certain level of back biting and status anxiety about followers/ Klout etc was creeping into my stream at a steady pace. I wanted to bring some fun back to Twitter and #FF seemed a great place to start. I've always liked the idea of #FF in theory, in practice it's a bit of a burden and too backslapping. It felt insincere and I was always likely to miss someone. So I thought I would throw caution to wind and set out to try and do something a bit different each week and create a little uplift and smile at the end of the week. It's also a test in engagement, the stats were quite interesting in terms of retweets and views of videos.

It all started on a beach in Norway, with a few simple sketches in the sand:

#FF 1 "Life's A Beach"

it raised a smile and some nice comments, so it seemed logical to continue. This time it was a little more animated:

#FF 2 "Post It"

With each week a sense of community and positive feedback ensued so it felt ripe to go epic, and therefore go with an epic trilogy:

#FF 3 "May the #FF Be With You"

This really took off and spread quickly with some lovely comments in response, the experiment was working - turning #FF into more than just an online backslapping competition. Though the pressure was then on for the following week, so I kept with the film theme:

#FF 4 "Mash Up Galore"
Some well known films re-imagined with legal tweeters

The Latex
Night of the Dead
Unnecessary Force

So after this mammoth week, I wanted to go to something a bit more basic, so went back to photos:

#FF 5 "Cereal Thought"

I then tried an approach with a Livescribe pen that had lots of problems with and probably the weakest, but I like the lo-fi element of it...

FF 6 "Pencast"
This was an experiment with a magic Livescribe pen.

New Thing
brought to you by Livescribe

With the purchase of a new vid camera, I thought I would return to video again for the next episode, would also allow me room for getting in a few more names...

#FF 7 "Drive FF"

The latest episode was easily inspired by Halloween...

#FF 8 "Halloween Mixes"

Halloween Rap:

and two other Halloween themes:

Math Camp Massacre
Monster Mash

#FF 9 "Where is My Mind"
Some snapshots of things I had been doing:

Where is My Mind? from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF10 "Ramblings of an Insomniac"
Clips from a low budget series I had made

Ramblings of an Insomniac #FF from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF11 "Xmas in Hollis"
A little xmas cheer

#FollowXmas from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF12 "Xmas Tidings"
Some JibJab Creations for the festive period.

A Christmas Carol
It's a Jib Jab Life
Hard Rockin' Holidays
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Comin' To Town
Winter Wonderland
Tree Slaughter

#FF13 "Cheers"
Wanted to highlight that Twitter is a place of friendship as much as trolls.

Cheers #FF from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF14 "Cuba"
Because I went to Cuba.

FF Cuba from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF15 "Legal Walk"
Highlights of the London Legal Walk 2012.
#FF Legal Walk from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF16 "Twitter Karaoke"
Wanted to see if I could get a bunch of tweeters to tweet song lyrics they didn't know and trust me.

Twitter Karaoke from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF17 "Olympics"
My own little way to celebrate the London Olympics 2012.

#FF Olympics from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF18 "Closing Ceremony"
I didn't want the upsurge of the Olympics spirit to ignore that we are actually failing future generations.

FF Closing Ceremony from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF19 "Clegg and Cameron"
This was to really highlight that Nick Clegg is a convenient fall guy for Cameron. Someone he uses.

Clegg and Cameron from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF20 "Norway"
One year of #FF videos etc, culminated in returning back to where it all began - a beach in Norway.

FF Norway from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF21 "Subliminal Film"
Some film clips with subliminal messages

FF CharonQC from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF BHamiltonBruce from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF _Millymoo from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF LegalTwo from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF PaulBernalUK from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF Sobukira from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF RichardMoorhead from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF AnyaPalmer from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF SteveKuncewicz from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF @lifeincustody from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF PrincessofVP from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF MissMollyPops from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

FF @JoannaMG22 from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

#FF22 "Halloween 2"

The Time Warp
Skeleton Dance

#FF23 "Tweet Ups"

FF New Year - An Ode to Tweetups from Jon Harman on Vimeo.

and that's it so far, I enjoy finding new ways to do it and will be scratching head for future one's. There is no set time frame for the duration of the experiment, I shall keep doing it whilst it feels like it is achieving what it sets out, to bring a smile and to liven up a Twitter tradition.

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