Popular TV shows and social networking are like peanut butter and jelly -- they just sort of belong together. But even though most people turn to Facebook and Twitter to share their thoughts on their favorite shows, there's another social network out there for TV fans.
Tvtag (formerly known as GetGlue) is an entertainment-based social network that closely connects you with all your favorite shows, movies, sports events and the rest of the tvtag community. If you're not getting much interaction from all your live-tweeting or Facebook posting about Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Good Wife or whatever else, then tvtag might be a more TV-specific social platform to try out.
GetGlue's Transition to Becoming Tvtag
GetGlue was rebranded as tvtag in 2014. With GetGlue, you could still do many of the things you can do now with tvtag, like checking in and following trending TV shows or other users, but it generally meant to be more of a TV discovery tool rather than the real-time TV update resource and powerful social tool it's become as tvtag.
Tvtag now employs a group curators that tune in to watch live television from 70 or so networks. They pick out the most important segments of what's worth sharing -- like dramatic scenes, sports goals and important quotes -- so that they can be featured online. These are called "TV moments" or "taglines," which users can interact with in real-time.
Getting Started with Tvtag
Tvtag functions a lot like Facebook does. You have a news feed to see all the posts from people and networks you're following, you'll get notifications when people interact with you and build up your own profiles with updates and favorite shows, sports or even movies.
What You Can Do on Tvtag
Check-in: When it's time to watch a show, check-in to that show using the app to let everyone know that you've tuned in.
Add likes, comments and even smiley faces to posts: If you see a clip, photo or article from a show you watch, you can interact by liking them, re-sharing them or leaving comments.
Follow other users: Just like other social networking sites, you can find users on tvtag to see their profiles, and follow them so that they're posting activity shows up in your home feed.
Follow major television networks: Tvtag also has profile pages for some of the largest and most popular television networks. You can follow them to see their updates in your feed.
Unlock stickers: You can earn digital stickers just for checking in, sharing and joining discussions on tvtag.
Draw doodles and post memes: To pump up the interaction, tvtag lets you post your own creative doodles and memes -- a fun way to encourage your friends to like them and leave comments.
Follow trending search terms: Got a question about a show you're watching? You can use the search bar to find out almost anything about any popular show.
Track sports play: If a sporting event is on, you can use tvtag to track each move and join the discussion with other fans who are watching.
Browse the TV Guide: Tvtag provides you with your very own TV Guide to see what's on and what's trending. You can also personalize it with your own favorite shows, get recommendations on what to watch, and find out about upcoming premieres or events.
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