Posts tagged Social Media
There’s no question that social media is a big deal now. It’s a great advertising tool but it’s one that needs to be used correctly. It’s also easy to mess up. Check out this ad for the latest Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris I saw in my news feed the other day.
I did what every sane Internet user does with a funny picture and uploaded it to the Cheezburger Network.
A few years ago I decided to become the “Social Media Guy” at work. I went out and joined just about every social networking site out there. This included but was not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Jaiku, Plurk, Magnolia, Wakoopa, Vimeo, Seesmic, and Yelp. There was one service that linked them all though: FriendFeed. On the surface, this was a great service. I was able to pull almost all of my ever expanding profiles together in one place and the community seemed pretty lively to boot. Then Facebook bought FriendFeed and everyone got bitter and defensive. Since then things just went downhill.
Services stopped working. Search didn’t work. The community got smaller and smaller. And people wondered why others left. Meanwhile the quality of the posts that were being shared just spiraled into boredom. There were seriously people that just posted pictures of themselves every day to get some sort of boost of self esteem in their dreary lives. “Please tell me I’m not hideously ugly by posting comments below.” That’s not contributing to a conversation. It’s the equivalent of going “Hey, look at me! Look at me!”
A few weeks ago I got into a heated debate about the upcoming Akira remake. People got really mad that I had a different opinion of them. Instead of engaging in a discussion like an adult, I was just called names and mostly ignored because it’s a lot easier to just stick your head in the sand if people don’t share your view on something that you feel passionate enough about to post a link about online. This put a real sour taste in my mouth about the whole community and I stayed away from the site for a bit. This has been maintained since then pretty much.
More recently, with the death of Osama Bin Laden, most of the people on FriendFeed seemed to stick their noses in the air, looking down on people on Facebook (which you could just tell they said with a sneer) who were “celebrating death.” I’m sorry but Bin Laden was directly responsible for the deaths of a shit load of people. Please excuse some folks who feel the slightest bit of closure as a result of the death of a mass murdering fuck-head. I commented on one such post but to no avail.
I’m just tired of this site now. I know I’m not the only one but I just don’t care anymore. FriendFeed has connected me with a handful of truly awesome people. Fortunately they’re also on Facebook and Twitter so I can stay in touch with them there without having to deal with the closemindedness of the rest of that community. So now I can free up some space on my bookmarks toolbar on my browser. If you need me, I’ll be on Facebook.
A few months back I became a fan of Universal Studios Home Entertainment on Facebook. I did this solely because they were giving away Blu Rays every day throughout the month of January. That was it. I had no other attachment to Universal Studios. Sure, I probably own a ton of their movies on DVD, but I own a ton of movies on DVD from just about every studio there is. Anyway, I ended up winning one of the Blu Ray prize packs they were giving away. After some time, I finally received them. Four Blu Rays free of charge. Not a bad deal.
Some time passed and I didn’t “Un-Fan” Universal despite their occasional posts that I didn’t really have any need for. Then recently, Universal added a new feature. You could vote on what you thought their next Blu Ray release should be and in exchange for your vote, you’d receive a coupon for $5 off your next Universal Blu Ray. I cast my vote right away (The Big Lebowski natch) and went to print out my coupon. Unfortunately, I did so while I was at work and in order to print out the coupon I’d have to install a coupon downloader program which I was unable to do on my work computer. I figured I’d just check it out when I got home from work but I was locked out. It seems that once I voted, regardless of whether or not I printed my coupon, the site locked me out. Oh well.
Then a couple days pass and I see another post from Universal in my news feed about the coupon. Some guy is running his mouth about how he can’t believe that a company would ask their fans to install spyware on their computers in order to print out coupons. I took it upon myself to reeducate this guy explaining that the program is definitely not spyware. It is instead a program that’s used by a variety of big name companies including Disney and General Mills and it’s designed to regulate the amount of coupons that are given out. Plus it’s a way to prevent people from printing out multiple copies of the coupon. I mentioned in my post that I couldn’t print out the coupon because I voted at work. That was the end of it.
Then out of the blue I receive a message from someone presumably from Universal. They saw my comment on their post and wanted to make sure I got my coupon. I emailed them back and received a direct link to download the coupon. And with that, I had my coupon.
The whole thought of this impressed me. At this time, Universal has over 130,000 fans and each of their posts receives dozens and dozens of comments. While certainly not gigantic numbers, I was surprised that my little comment received the attention it did. That meant that someone went through and read all of the comments, found mine and responded to it.
Now, I work in advertising, specifically in the online space. Not a day goes by where I’m not asked about social media including Facebook. Since this area of the online world is an ever-growing and changing section, it’s tough to just say that this is what they should do and this is how much it should cost. The main thing I’ve learned though is that you need to be consistent and diligent. You can’t just put up a Facebook page and leave it alone. Honestly, there almost needs to be someone who’s sole responsibility is keeping Facebook and Twitter up to date. I’m glad to see that Universal is so on top of that and I wish that there were more companies that were doing so.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Blu Ray shopping to do.