Accurately predicting where entertainment’s heading might be impossible, but trends and patterns are definitely emerging. The biggest one to arise: The power of fandom in driving the popularity of content.
Wattpad, which has built a social network for aspiring authors that allows them to build a fan base around their writing, has launched a crowdfunding feature to make it easier for them to monetize their content.
Know someone who already has everything they need from Apple? Someone so emphatically Apple-oriented that the words cult and fanboi aren’t strong enough descriptors? Then this list of quirky, unusual and downright werid picks is the gift guide for you.
An author whose book title happened to use the phrase “Shut up, I’m talking” says that the Facebook fan page for his book wound up with more than 700,000 fans in a matter of days, thanks to the automated fan-adding algorithms employed by the social network.
Lots of companies want to have Facebook “fan” pages, where customers or would-be customers can become part of their online community. But what are those fans actually worth? A media measurement firm called Syncapse has come up with an actual dollar value in a new report.
It seem that many of us are so focused on our own presences in social networks that there is little talk about what we expect from our friends, fans and followers. My own company has been hyper-focused, however, on our clients’ FFFs, particularly “fans” on Facebook.
The Underwire blog writes that rabid Whedonistas are activating, forming DollhouseForums.com (which sounds like it’s for an entirely different kind of entertainment), organizing viewing parties of the trailer and encouraging people to buy the merchandise.
Not all fans are united though, as some fear all this nervous-nelly attention will create a backlash towards the show before it’s even begun. Networks like CBS are gun-shy of online fans after the resurrection of Jericho didn’t reinvigorate the ratings. More recently, the vampire drama Moonlight was unceremoniously sucked off air, despite Internet protests.