[Ads-l] to live-tweet

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Wed Jun 7 11:24:33 EDT 2017


I also noted the similarity of "live-tweet" to "live-blog," which I presume to be the original.  Live-blogging, or liveblogging, has been around long enough that Wikipedia has had an article on it since 2011; from 2006 to 2011 "liveblogging" was on Wikipedia, but just as a redirect to "blog."  The current version of the article begins, " A liveblog is a blog post which is intended to provide a rolling textual coverage of an ongoing event, similar to Live television or live radio."  

I looked for early uses of "live blog":

     As a transparent collocation, it dates at least to this use in the Memphis Commercial Appeal (2/26/2004) (all examples via Westlaw):  "While you're at it, check out our ongoing live blog coverage of a tour of Delta food and blues at http://blog.commercialappeal.com/deltablues/."

     As a hyphenated term, the Fort Wayne News Sentinel had it on 10/5/2004:  "Can't wait for the end of tonight's debate between Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic vice-president candidate John Edwards for analysis, commentary and exasperated gripes? Check out Knight Ridder Tribune's live-blog site, http://free-fire.blogspot.com."

     As a verbal phrase, the Washington Times used it on 10/22/2005:  "In addition, six "prominent bloggers" of various political persuasions will "live blog" the forum via the Internet, their commentary flashed to an onstage screen."

Verbal live-tweet is necessarily younger (Twitter began operation in 2006).  Here it is from the St. Paul Pioneer Press (1/16/2009):  "Diablo Cody will live-tweet during the "United States of Tara" premiere on Twitter (twitter.com/DiabloOnTara)."


John Baker


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There's also the related "live-blog".

Jim Parish


On 6/7/2017 8:44 AM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
> It means he will tweet during the event, not waiting until it is finished.
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> On Jun 6, 2017 9:55 PM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> CNN chyron:
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>> "Will Trump Live-Tweet During Comey Hearing?"
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>> It's Tweeting in real time, if you see what I'm getting at.
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>> JL
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