From the contrived ‘Twilebrity’ to the pompous-sounding ‘twitterati’, the internet teems with composite words, with brand new ones entering the unofficial Twitter dictionary– or shall we say ‘twictionary’- every single day.
Yet another Twitter term is about to be born into being with the premiere of a film dedicated to the microblogging phenomenon at the Oldenburgh International Film Festival tomorrow. But this time the neologism promises to leave a deep footprint on the Twitter lexicon.
‘Twittamentary’ – as you might have guessed – is a word composed of ‘Twitter’ and ‘documentary’, and unsurprisingly, happens to be the name of a film about Twitter, which promises to transform not just cinematography but the way people perceive social media.
Twittamentary’s teasers look very scintillating, indeed. The film takes viewers on a journey into the way sharing thoughts in real time between complete strangers can have life-changing effects, and even contribute to the social good.
The documentary, which is directed by Singaporean filmmaker (and of course, devout tweeter), Tan Siok Siok, “looks at how lives connect and intersect within the Twitter community as the real-time web accelerates serendipity” (official website information).
Siok has applied the open crowdsourcing nature of the Web 2.0 to her filming techniques, inviting people on (you guessed it) Twitter to contribute their stories via a submission web page.
The film producers are adamant this is not just another Social Network type of movie. For one, it has been created and promoted almost entirely leveraging the power of social media. Twitter users took active part in choosing the final stories, social media users interacted with and shaped the narrative at live beta screening Tweetups, and the filming crew was sourced via Twitter.