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social glitch (please RT)

this is an older example of something that could be considered a social glitch, but it's somewhat of a continuing project (and i love it). 

 my friend sarah hallacher and i have taken to putting ourselves into twitter "rabbit holes" for the fun of it, but it started as a way of exploiting twitter users' desperate attempts to get retweets and followers.

sarah's thesis was about oversharing (which makes it perfect for this class, actually) and she was examining ways in which people put themselves way too out there online.  as research, she tweeted a simple "please RT" in order to see if and when people followed her instructions.  it really only caught on between the two of us, who then took to RTing our RTs and screenshots of notifications we got when we were RTed.  more info on her blog.

the funny thing is, though, it didn't stop there.  the two of us found these  rabbit holes so amusing that we continued them all summer, to the point where the majority of our twitter interaction is now retweets and screenshots of the notifications we get when we retweet each other's tweets.  examples below:

 

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other people have started tweeting at us and asking us in person what the deal is because they aren't sure what's going on.  the fact that we're so close adds another layer to the absurdity because it then becomes unclear whether there's some kind of joke that everyone else doesn't get.  our interaction breaks the norm of what a conversation on twitter is "supposed" to be like, and causes confusion as to what exactly we are trying to do.

 

Roopa Vasudevan