Monday, March 28, 2016

New Tour, New Tour Post FAQ!

With the Letting You In tour starting on Thursday 3/31, I thought I'd put up a new FAQ post to give a few administrative and housekeeping notes and answer any questions people have about the twitter lists or show posts. By the way, I have a request: please use #LettingYouInTour as a hashtag on Twitter when discussing the tour - will make it easier to follow the tour!

What are Kris Allen Lists?
This site started out by setting up twitter lists to follow live tweets from Kris Allen's events and shows! (Hence the name, Kris Allen Lists) People follow them to flail vicariously, track his set list and/or see the pictures and videos that get tweeted. It's a great way to meet and connect with other Kris fans. Since those early shows and tours, I've expanded to full show posts that host the lists, keep the setlists, and give links where you can watch videos of each show as well as showcase some of best media posted by fans.

How do people get on the lists?
Well, ideally, you tell me to put you on one when I ask via twitter who's going to the show! But if you don't tell me you're going, since Twitter is public domain, if I spot you tweeting about going to the Kris show, you get put on the list!

What if I don't want to be on the list?
Boo, that's no fun! But I will always honor a request to be taken off a list; just tweet it to me.

I'm locked, what does that mean for me listwise?
If you have a locked Twitter account, only those you have approved to follow you will see your tweets on the list. It also means if you tweet me, I won't be able to see your tweet unless I'm following you.

OMG I feel pressure to tweet great things!
RELAX. The best tweets are the ones who are just tweeting normally as they always do and enjoying the show. I definitely appreciate set list tweets, though, as we maintain a chart of the set lists. And if someone can give a fashion report on what they're wearing, that's always welcome!

When do you post the show posts?
About 48 hours before a show. That way, information about the show is available for those going as well as those who might need a ticket link. I really appreciate it when people going tweet, DM or email ( a picture of their ticket - it's helpful to make the show posts a complete archive and I always edit the pictures to block out the bar code and personal info.

How do you make the lists available?
About 48-36 hours before the show (or the morning of the show), I'll unlock the list and tweet the link. I'll also embed it on a blog post over here and tweet that link as well. About 48 hours after the show, I'll delete the list.

Why don't the lists work on my phone?
When I list watch, I generally prefer just to do it on the computer. It works better. But it can be doable on the phone, depending on some variables.

If your phone is not a smart phone, the lists won't work on your phone. Sorry but that's Twitter's fault. Twitter wants you to use a smart phone. Without a smart phone, I'd just watch the list over here.

If you do have a smart phone, you will need to use an app. I used to recommend Echofon but now I find the basic Twitter app works much better with lists then it used to. Whatever app you use, navigate to my profile page on twitter, then choose lists and subscribe to the list of your choice in order to access it in list format.

Any other helpful hints for show watching?
It's a good idea to refresh the page with the Twitter list occasionally. That way if we've added someone after you opened the page, you'll see their tweets too. 

How do I find the lists from past shows?
As noted above, I delete the live tweet lists after about 48 hours. However, the show posts and resulting media live on here forever. Simply search the city in the search box and all posts with that city's tag will appear.

A fun thing I've started - if a list was particularly lively and/or gave great media - they were rewarded with a #gavegoodlist hashtag. It is an honor to strive for! If you want to see past ones, just put that hashtag into the search box.

Do you really watch live tweets from every Kris show?
I try to! But I do have a real life and sometimes I have other things to do. In that case, I have a friend who will do the list watching thing if she's available. And if not, well we'll post the list and that's that! Of course, after each show, will try to update the related post so you can catch up.

That's all the questions I usually hear, but if you have one I didn't cover, please hit me up on Twitter @KrisAllenLists or in the comments below and I'll do my best to answer!