Dumb question really, of course its alive! Take one look at the Twitter response to yesterday's on-air debate between Terry Teachout and Vijay Iyer (audio here):
[...] but rather than more stories, let's establish some new numbers. How many tweets including the hashmark #jazzlives can we accumulate over the next couple of weeks? What if we take this campaign to Facebook and other social networking sites, too? The numbers won't be statistically valid, but will provide a new metric for references' sake. Could we reach the 500,000 typically applied to attendees at Woodstock?I hereby urge jazz bloggers and websites and jazz fests and venues to promote the idea that jazz listeners tweet including: #jazzlives, who was playing and where. Open a Twitter account if you don't already have one -- it's free and this is NOT a Twitter promotion, it just happens to work for these kinds of campaigns. Including #jazzlives will allow the tweets to be searchable at Twitter and to be scrolled on a widget that can be embedded into websites and blogs (email firstname.lastname@example.org for the widget code -- you can see how it looks at www.HowardMandel.com). No further commitment, nothing to buy.