Gatewatching & The Bachelor

The notion of gatewatching is something I come across way too often on Facebook. So, what is gate watching for those who don’t know? Perhaps a less qualified version of journalism is an accurate answer. More specifically, gatewatching relies on ones ability to compose news stories in online environments. It involves quickly snapping up information often through online crowd sourced content.

Similar to citizen journalism, a gatewatcher relies on users to act as filters, presents articles which are released early and often, and also implement a short feedback loop.

What better example to draw on than that of the online frenzy of the recent 2016 The Bachelor Finale. The twitter feed in the heat of the finale… O. M. G. !

On the evening of Thursday 15th I had never seen the Bachelor plastered all over twitter in my life (and I’ve been watching the show for years).

Here are just a couple of snippets of the instantly generated gatewatched content. This content, produced in real time thanks to twitter and published within hours online helped form a very dynamic story. An interesting element about each article is that a lot of the opinions are formed off retrieved tweets. The principles of gatewatching like early and often release, short feedback loop and a ‘many to many’ distribution were very evident in the Bachelor posting frenzy. Click on the images if you actually want to read them.



screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-1-06-44-pmKeep in mind that these have all been posted less than 24 hours after the show, plastered everywhere and all with very similar content. Churned out articles in the masses with a heavy reliance of tweets make this a fine example of gatewatching.


Just a sample of the mass aggregation of comments on Twitter…

3 Replies to “Gatewatching & The Bachelor”

  1. Nice! We as gatewatchers now have the ability to transcend a completely different modality of communication and content production. The commodification of information have transformed how platforms function and our interactions with them. Your example of a recent event was good, though I would have been engaged with a more impactful example. Perhaps the contribution of Reddit during the Boston Bombings? [] Thanks heaps for sharing!


  2. Great blog! Very good that you start with the meaning of geatwatching, help me a lot. It is good that you included example from The Bachelor, which would make you blog easier to understand for The Bachelor fans but it’s took me some time because when I first read this blog I have no idea what it is all about. Love your work… Thanks for sharing…

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  3. Great blog. nice and short explanation that’s easy to understand. i like the example of the bachelor finale, i can tell you i was definitely all over that twitter feed sharing in peoples outrage over his choice.


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