The award show played a video memorializing the selfie, tracked by somber music as it showed less than classy selfies. Some of the images responsible for the death of the popular mobile photo-taking practice include President Obama’s selfie at Nelson Mandela‘s funeral, the “unfit mother selfie,” the “duckface selfie,” and more.
Social etiquette question of the day: Is it okay to tweet during a zombie apocalypse? Not if you want to avoid being eaten alive by your now soulless gran (no amount of retweets is going to save you then).
But if you’re just wondering what Rick’s next move is going to be, your hope for survival has increased considerably. In the latest installment in Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, we asked Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer of The Walking Dead, what makes the show so tweeted about:
The Walking Dead is one of the most talked-about TV shows on social media. How does the show achieve such a large social presence and how do you think the industry will change as a result of second-screen viewing?
Well, I think that our show already had a following of people who are technologically advanced to begin with, the early adopters who were comfortable with a deeper dive into related media, whether that was finding out about the comic books and exploring them, participating in second-screening or watching the webisodes or the aftershow, The Talking Dead. People can experience the show 24/7. Now we’re going to be seeing a talk show after Breaking Bad called Talking Bad. I think you’re going to see a lot more of that and they’ll have their presences on the web, too. I think it’s really pioneered new ground on other shows.
For more on Hurd’s creative process and lessons from her career, read So What Do You Do Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead?
– Sherry Yuan
For a journo who has found success with decidedly old-school methods, Ed Gordon has some advice for aspiring broadcasters: get on YouTube. “In today’s world… it’s about producing and owning your content,” he told Mediabistro in the latest installment of So What Do You Do?. Gordon also advises young people with dreams of being on the small screen to “learn where your craft is headed,” and talks about the importance of perseverance when it comes to career success:
There are a lot of people who’ve given up trying to get on commercial television and have gone to securing their own YouTube channels, and I think, at the end of the day, that’s going to be the future of broadcasting. People are just going to put stuff out there. They’re gonna have their own YouTube channels, and eventually you’ll be able to buy things from those channels. But I think one of the things that people have to understand is it takes perseverance.
Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Ed Gordon, Host of Conversations with Ed Gordon?
– Mona Zhang
Updated: Last night’s game, halftime show, commercials and power outage combined to make it the most social event on television to date, according to data from Bluefin Labs and Trendrr. The Super Bowl tallied up 30.6M social media comments (Twitter, public Facebook data and GetGlue checkins), 2.5 times last year’s social activity of 12.2 million.
Last fall Twitter acquired a mobile company called Vine, and today they rolled out what Vine has been building: a mobile app that enables users to take six-second videos with their phones and share and embed them. In many ways, it’s Twitter’s version of a video Instagram. You’re limited to six seconds, just like Twitter holds you to 140 characters.
We all know that Twitter is a big TV driver, thanks to the open nature of the platform and the company’s relentless efforts to work with the industry. But Facebook has always been a bit of a mystery. The majority of interactions on Facebook are private, and until recently, its search product has been essentially useless. But we all know that Facebook maintains a tremendous reach advantage over Twitter.
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