My Five Years on Twitter

My first Tweet as @NewYorkTheater, five years ago today:

Five years and some 40,500 Tweets later — an average of more than six a day, every day, rain or shine — I’ve had some more interesting and less self-serving Tweets, some of which I’ve saved.


This is useful, funny and sad all at the same time – sad because it is from Roger Ebert, who since has died.

Each week for at least four years, I’ve also put together a weekly summary of New York theater news, (first on a now-defunct online newspaper site, then on this blog.) The Week in New York Theater posts have mostly been culled from the Tweets that week.

I’ve overseen Twitter debates on theater etiquette, such as

whether there should be opening applause for celebrities

whether it’s rude to leave a show early during the curtain call …

or at intermission

Here are some recent Tweets that had the most favorites and Retweets.

My most popular Tweets seem to be about memorializing somebody who’s died, or celebrating somebody who’s lived.

Not all my Tweets have been absorbing, riveting or transfixing, but neither have they all been unimaginative, unremarkable and unoriginal.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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