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The case
for MCA Chicago

The Shorty Interview
with MCA Chicago

What's your best tweet?
The best is yet to come. But tweeting a photo of rapper Lupe Fiasco meeting our director was pretty awesome.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
We use Twitter all the time to share information, answer questions, and take our audience to places in the museum they may not be able to go.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Instagram. Well it used to be.
Twitter or Facebook?
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
#MuseumOlympics hilariously connected art collections to the games. We took gold in the "Not Sports" category.
What feature should Twitter add?
Bring back Instagram previews!!
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Exhibit. Unfortunately, no one would get it if we said "Check out our new exhs!"
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Yes, of course. It's natural. Sometimes ALL CAPS TWEETS get a little too intrusive.
Why should we vote for you?
We try to bring the experience of the museum to you, and your thoughts, ideas, and experiences to our museum.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
We connected with a student that claimed our 1969 "Art by Telephone" exhibition never happened/existed.
What inspires you to tweet?
The art that we exhibit and the performances we host. It's the reason we're here and why people visit us. It's the heart of everything we do.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Not yet. Twitter is for tweeting, but we try not to go overboard and warn people when rapid live tweeting is incoming.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Learn by doing and learn from others, but be yourself. Don't spam hashtags.
How long can you go without a tweet?
We tweet like we breath.
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Unfortunately we can imagine it beginning to rank and parse content like Facebook's Timeline and Edgerank. That would be a tragedy.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@SUEtheTrex She's millions of years old yet so up on technology!
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That it's just for trolls or venting. We have wonderful positive interactions 99% of the time.
Why should people follow you?
Not only do we post awesome photos and link to interesting articles, we are super responsive, we get back to questions within seconds.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
@Clem_Greenberg (d. 1994) @SUEtheTrex (d. 65.5 million BCE) @therealhennessy
Why'd you start tweeting?
We can't hide our enthusiasm for contemporary art, and we love sharing that with our equally enthusiastic audience.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Yes. Twitter connected us and our art with fans and friends all over the world that would have never been possible before.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Art-related puns. But then again we WOULD wish that.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Tweeting the wrong thing at the wrong time. Be sensible (and sensitive).

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