My first Tweet as @NewYorkTheater, five years ago today:
Check out New York Theater on Facebook too http://tinyurl.com/yzjyg7e
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) November 14, 2009
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.
The critic's pocket guide — some 60 synonyms for "interesting" (engaging) or "boring" (dull) courtesy Roger Ebert http://twitpic.com/taklb
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) December 13, 2009
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 …
Here are some recent Tweets that had the most favorites and Retweets.
An actor sustained an injury at tonight's performance of Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark…
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) December 21, 2010
There is no social media distinction less impressive than "A tweet you were mentioned in got favorited."
— Peter Marks (@petermarksdrama) September 8, 2013
Do it big, do it right, and do it with style~ Fred Astaire's credo
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) March 25, 2014
"The greatest gift is not being afraid to question." ~ actress Ruby Dee, dead at 91. pic.twitter.com/TnsuSChxPz
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) June 12, 2014
"The theater is the only institution in the world which has been dying for 4,000 years and has never succumbed"-John Steinbeck,
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) June 21, 2014
"I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that." – Lauren Bacall, 1924-2014 pic.twitter.com/fVtWPgYeWY
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) August 13, 2014
This is what it looked like last night when Broadway lights dimmed for Robin Williams. pic.twitter.com/z9tvp5PfZG
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) August 14, 2014
Happy 89th birthday, Angela Lansbury, still going strong after 70 years in show business. pic.twitter.com/0sZXKyKUfm
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) October 16, 2014
"Life is what happens to you while u're busy making other plans"~ John Lennon,who would've turned 74 today. pic.twitter.com/96dlMHrETQ
— New York Theater (@NewYorkTheater) October 9, 2014
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.