Do we need 'tweet seats' in Columbus?

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 1, 2013 

Meet the newest addition to the theater world: "tweet seats."

A Minnesota theater has a seating section for people who want to use smartphones during performances -- in fact, they’re even encouraged to tweet about live performances to increase buzz, according to the Huffington Post.

Weigh in: Do we need "tweet seats" at local venues?

When I mentioned this article in recent conversations, most people had the same reaction: "Won't people just use their smartphones anyway, regardless of whether they have a designated seating section?"

Fair point. The aforementioned article explains it this way:

All of the theaters offering "tweet seats" feature live performances. The perk is meant to encourage audience interaction and to create a buzz about the production. But there is also the chance that introducing these seats legitimizes a behavior that is widely regarded as just plain rude.

I see more value for "tweet seats" at a theater production, as opposed to a movie. Then again, asking Twitter-savvy audience members to essentially become a part of your marketing strategy has a huge potential to backfire.

What do you think?

Ledger-Enquirer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service