Update: A Brief History of the Classic Movie Tweet-a-Long

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Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 5.13.04 PMUpdated 6/19/15 – New info in italics.

When scholars write the history of social media – and they will (but probably not with a pen) – Thursday, June 9, 2011 will forever be remembered as the night the live movie tweet-a-long was born.

On that early summer evening four years ago, a pioneering group of film fans held the first-ever organized, live tweet of a film airing on Turner Classic Movies using a specially created hashtag. The film was THEM! (1954), the hashtag was #TCMBugout and the group of founding film fans included yours truly. The Twitter party lasted all night, because we were young and fancy free. (Or unemployed, over-caffeinated, and suffering from insomnia. Take your pick.)

To mark this auspicious anniversary, TCM is once again airing THEM! tonight at 11:45 p.m., as part of a six-film marathon of insect-gone-amuck science fiction films. The schedule kicks off with THE FLY (1958) at 8 p.m. and concludes with…

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