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#TwitterOnTrial is a first-of-its-kind radio experiment that explores both the power and limits of this newest social media phenomenon.


Gathering together five experienced Twitterers, all from very different backgrounds, some better known than others, plus a complete Twitter newbie, it examines how it actually works and why it may or may not be useful for listeners.

While trying to help the new kid on the block get their head around Twitter, everyone is set a wide variety of Twitter tasks - simple and difficult, serious and funny, quantitative and qualitative - to see how good it is at answering factual questions, organising things, getting in touch with strangers, etc.

All the while we eavesdrop on our participants' conversations and question them, not only on their progress, but on their ongoing/developing relationship with Twitter itself.

While hugely informative it's also occasionally anarchic and unpredictable...and fun.

All in slightly more than 140 characters.

Presented and produced by @PatOMahony1

Sound Supervision by @bigrickym

Production supervision by @RTEDocOnOne

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Documentary participants:
Trent Johnson, Irish cricket captain: Twitter Username @Green23
Caroline Kennedy, Kennedy PR: Twitter Username @CKennedyPR
Dan Boyle, former Senator: Twitter Username @sendboyle
Annie West, illustrator: Twitter Username @anniewestdotcom
Jen O'Connell, editor : Twitter Username @jenoconnell
Patrick Freyne, freelance journalist and before now a non Twitter user - now @PatrickFreyne1

Recorded on Wednesday May 4th from 11.25.07am until 02:31:37pm and first broadcast Saturday 7th May April, 2011

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.

Documentary maker: Pat O'Mahony

Documentary Maker: Pat O'Mahony

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Sound Engineer: Richard McCullough

Richard McCullough
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Documentary maker: Liam O'Brien

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