It’s the morning after and things aren’t looking so good for the Fringe Tweet-Peat experiment. The idea was sound — basically live blogging by two cast members and two producers which shows up on screen pop-up video style. Fun!
In reality, not so much thanks to three big issues. First of all, Twitter, unlike chat rooms, are designed to show only the side of the conversation that comes from people you’re following. As a result, people following along on TV or on the FringeonFox Twitter page saw answers but no questions.
At one point Joshua Jackson tweeted about something being an adlib. Wonderful bit of trivia, but what was an adlib? Obviously, someone asked about a specific incident and he responded.
In order to combat this problem, I tried following the hashtag and wow, that was a nightmare. Hundreds and hundreds of Tweets per minute were rolling in at the height, mostly people complaining or just offering useless cheers of support. The chances of finding a question and a matching answer were slim and none.
The second issue was the time zone. As far as I could tell, the West coast airing of the show simply ran the same Twitter feed as the East coast so no one who came in on PST got their questions answered. Please do correct me if I’m wrong on this. I followed part of the EST feed online then watched the TV feed in PST and they looked the same to me.
Finally, you have the issue of stuff on screen messing with the enjoyment of the show. Personally, this didn’t bother me because it was a rerun but many people tuned in not knowing with hopes of catching up on the finale before the new season begins.
If you’re not brave enough to wade through the muck to find the gems yourself, Buddy TV has put together some highlights.
So what’s the verdict? Was the Fringe Tweet-Peat party fab or an epic fail?