Real-Time Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula, as it was never meant to be read.

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Some of you may be wondering why last week I started RTing all the character tweets through @RealTimeDracula. No, it was not to clutter up your Twitter stream, but rather an attempt to get the dozens of @RealTimeDracula followers to follow the actual characters (since they're the interesting ones).

Currently @RealTimeDracula has 60 more followers than @JHarkerEsq, who has the most of all the characters. That just didn't seem right. Who would want to follow me talking about tweeting when they could follow Harker actually trying to escape the castle? I figured the problem lay in the Twitter page format*. It doesn't let me list all the character links on the side, like I can on this page. So it would take an extra step for anyone viewing the @RealTimeDracula page to get to the characters. I thought the best way around that was a regular mentioning of them in my own Twitter stream. But I may have overdone it.

So, going forward there will be at most one "Update" tweet per day. It will start with "Update:" and end with #RTD. It will contain a summary of comment on the character tweets of the day, and of course have as many character handles as are appropriate.

Hopefully this will be less annoying for those awesome folk who are following all the accounts and useful for those new to RTD who first view the @RealTimeDracula account.

*The other problem is that I only promote RTD through @RealTimeDracula, as I think it would be grossly out of character to have Harker and co. start following people or sending them messages. That's not to say they won't respond if you initiate a conversation, but that's a whole 'nother story.

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Updates will generally be tweeted around Noon Eastern Time for the benefit of those in the Western Hemisphere.

This is an evolving process, sir. You're in a comparatively new realm of electronic sociology with Twitter, and making the epistolary novel fit this format is difficult in and of itself.

I think you're doing splendidly.

This next bit is not a complaint, but a mere statement of fact... you've got far more people following your project, whether the characters or the main feed, than I have for The Blog Stoker's DRACULA Project, because you're doing something completely new and I am just fostering a retread.

Have fun with it. That's the beauty of these media.

What's funny is that I've gotten more invested in getting more followers after seeing how amazingly @Wendell_Howe is doing. 2000! I don't really hope to get that many (I think 500 would be great), but I want to make sure people are following the real story, not just the mundane stuff of the Admin account.

Anyway, I've also set an alert for myself to retweet your BlogDracula announcements. I hope it helps. (I want people to read the actual novel too of course. It's literature for a reason.)

Thank you, dear sir... I think that will indeed help.

Things get het up again for both of us in a few hours.

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