As promised yesterday, the tweeted Evensong – or TwEvensong – happened. As a result of having a very public first attempt at something like this, there are things which need refining both for the producers and consumers (or ‘foundation’ and congregation) of the event (or service). I have compiled and sorted all the feedback that I received both personally and via the choir's Twitter feed to provide a record of the event and to help me - and others - in such an endeavour in future.
The way in which Twitter handles multiple connected tweets needs to be considered. I had found that two or three replies to one’s self without the @ name at the start got linked, but beyond three verses of the psalm this got confusing. As someone tweeted
sorry but you lost me at Isaiah.
and what appeared on people’s timelines seemed confusing (I also glanced some instances of this on a separate computer and account I set up just to watch the event while tweeting)
....and repetition of out-of-order verses ( tho' not in 2nd lesson?)
As @davidbartonmus commented
Yes, very entertaining (!) - could work well with a hashtag
and this is something that I did explore but felt tagging each tweet ate into the available characters too much which would have meant more verses of psalms and readings needed splitting. However, I do accept this would be necessary next time; indeed, there is a competition in the making with @AnnetteRubery suggesting
@LichfieldChoir Ah yes, bit of a challenge; you need to crowdsource a short hashtag via a Twitter competition ;)
A private message on Facebook also got as far as the first reading but ‘then it seemed to stop’. I guess it is possible that Twitter though so many posts were spam and therefore blocked some of them. This needs investigating.
From a production perspective, it was difficult to try and keep tabs on the whole thing and know when to tweet your portion. As the Dean of Birmingham and Bishop of Cork tweeted at the end
Of course Evensong is always exciting, but rarely that nerve-wracking
Bravo! Team Evensong! (just a tiny bit stressful at the start)@WealandsBell @LichfieldChoir @RevRichardColes @CatherineOgle @b2dac
As the Cathedral Choir’s Twitter account is linked to Facebook (to save having to create posts for each manually on a day to day basis), all of our contributions were also sent to Facebook without any of the other participants' tweets appearing. It would have been sensible to disconnect them for the duration of the event as highlighted:
Actually it was bloody irritating and just clogged up the facebook timeline! Keep it to twitter if you must but somewhat loses its impact some hours later on fb for those of us who have been at work all day. You clearly have too much time on your hands!
@rogbi200In order to keep things tidy, the Facebook posts have duly been deleted manually.
Only downside of #Evensong via Twitter- it dominates my FB stream, surreally jumbled!
Whether Twitter is the best medium for such an event is something that needs further consideration, but what an alternative which is so widely used and easily accessible would be, I don’t know. Nevertheless, from the three hours following the TwEvensong, this is a compilation of the rest of the feedback received with the most recent first:
Very well done everyone ! Thank you
Kudos to @LichfieldChoir @WealandsBell @b2dac @CatherineOgle @RevRichardColes for the TwEvensong earlier. Loved it! When's the next one?
thank you, such a good idea, I normally avoid Evensong but found that lovely.
much enjoyed. Thank you
What a great idea! Please do it again and I'll have fresh coffee ready to remind me of Evensong at
...and I translated the bits common to our liturgies into Hebrew. Thanks again
I liked that it came from multiple accounts, and found other juxtaposing mid-office tweets rather amusing!
thank you for an enjoyable evensong! Made my day!
God-botherers...read the tweets of @WealandsBell @RevRichardColes @LichfieldChoir @CatherineOgle @b2dac since 5.30. Ace Twitter evensong #fb
it was stunning thank you
should add that my chorister daughter enjoyed her own private game of "guess the next tweet". Great service!
really wonderful idea. Brilliant. Thank you. Well done
Thank you. The traditional Anglican liturgy is profoundly beautiful.
So, what time is Morning Prayer?
*shakes hand* wonderful service, thank you :-)
pretty good for a first go, bravo
thank you for this evenings worship, nicely done, God bless
*shakes your hands on the way out* Nice not to have to walk a mile home
Thank you, that was lovely. Well done all.
Many thanks to you all. That was very lovely. Xxx
Thank you to everyone I enjoyed it
*Shakes hands of clergy* Thank you all for a very different #Evensong.
a little bow of the head to you all, acknowledging & appreciating your ministry.
thanks all, was interesting!
that was fun. Fast typing fingers needed. Bit more practice for @RevRichardColes tho
Thanks Guys !
Louise Stewartand during the event, @GeorgeDay27 tweeted a photo of someone on their mobile phone standing in the snow outside a chalet with the caption: 'catching Evensong on twitter in Switzerland'.
I found it purposeful, prayerful and innovative; thank you, Lichfield Cathedral Choir!
When I wrote my blog post 24 hours ago, my hope was that it was appreciated by someone somewhere. This collection of tweets suggests that my hope was met. Yes, the whole thing needs a little refinement and some people were disappointed and saw it as a waste of time, but for it to come together so quickly and to be so well received was beyond my expectations. People are already asking about the next event, and I look forward to the next one being even more successful and building on what was learnt to day. Indeed, sorting through the feedback, the question of music – something I had wondered about but decided to leave on a back burner this time – was raised:
Next time a tweeted Choral Evensong? Music via Soundcloud/YouTube?
Didn't recognise the setting?
while @rogbi200 fully entered into the spirit of things and transported themselves to their own Evensong with their music list
@LichfieldChoir I went with Psalms from St Pauls (incl Willcocks Ps148), Howells Coll Reg, Radcliffe Resp, & your most appropriate anthem!
this is another logical step and one to consider for the future.
Watch this space.