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Tweeting during performances- What would Boswell have thought?

“I fancy mankind may come, in time, to write all aphoristically,” wrote James Boswell in 1773, predicting with 20/20 foresight the advent of Twitter.

But did he, or indeed the Boswell sisters in 1936, ever imagine that people were “gonna sit right down and write [themselves] a letter” during a live performance.

It happened last week. The San Francisco Repertory Theatre designated a part of the audience as a TWEET SEAT section, the main idea being to plug the show, to pursue that holy grail of audience development by letting people outside know what they’re missing.

What is it with San Francisco audiences??! I’m with Keith Jarrett on this one.

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  1. I have been known to tweet during concerts – though very rarely during a set and then only ever between songs. I usuallywait until the interval!

    During the LJF last year, it was a really useful way of keeping track of who was where and what was going on – using the #LJF hashtag. There were some excellent 140 character reviews – I think you featured some on this site!

    I think letting others know what one thought of a performance can add value to jazz lovers in the twitterverse.

    The Keith Jarrett thing still makes me laugh. It wouldn't be so bad if he didn't make so much (non-musical) noise himself!

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