In the last 3 years, Twitter has grown exponentially and developed into an engrained component of the human Net culture. It has, as such evolved and adjusted as it has grown. It now represents a totally new phenomenom in social networking, especially given its immediacy and real-time aspect.
It can be argued that The Wizard of Oz is an American cultural icon known by nearly anyone alive today. Ask 10,000 people across the country and a handful (literally) will have never heard of Dorothy, Toto, and the Wizard of Oz. As a result, this iconic film was chosen as a commonality among Twitter users in order to test a hypothesis regarding Twitters influence on culture.
On Wednesday, March 25, 2009; on or about 3pm (EDT), MAGICIANOFOZ will present The Twizard of Oz live on Twitter.com. In short, the plan is to tweet the movie, line by line, in real time.
The goal of this study is to observe and correlate the experience against participation, word-of-mouth advertising by users, the Serendipity Factor, time-of-observation, the viseral experience itself (how people translate the written word into mental images) and other aspects yet to be determined.
To date, nothing of this nature or this broad a scope has ever been attempted before, so the outcome is yet to be observed. It should prove to be a valuable experience both for researchers such as MAGICIANOFOZ and the viewing Twitterers. Afterall, have you ever tried to visualize the movie while reading the script? What images do you conjur up and how do you translate them into your own personal experience? This research project seeks to answer some of those very questions.
MAGICIANOFOZ invites all interested parties to participate by logging into Twitter.com and following MAGICIANOFOZ (twitter id) for the duration of this research project. In addition, MAGICIANOFOZ requests all watching this presentation to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and any other social-networking sites currently in use.
You may also follow me using the Twitter link on the left side of the page. Click on that and you'll be redirected to the Twitter.com homepage where you'll be prompted to either enter your twitter id (if you have one) or you can sign up for an account as well. Afterwards, do a search in the find people section on the top of the twitter page and search for me, magicianofoz and click on the follow button. You must follow me to recieve the messages I'll be sending out during the experiment.
A reminder that the experiment will commence today, Wednesday; March 25, 2009 at 3pm EDT.
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma
magicianofoz (Twitter id)