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Is the Selfie Dead?

We covered “Orange Is the New Black” star Taylor Schilling‘s Webby Award victory for best actress, but there was a slightly more downer moment during the awards ceremony: a memorial for the selfie.

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.

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Fueling Social Fandom at Social Media Week

SMWLost Remote’s own Natan Edelsburg moderated yesterday’s “Fueling Social Fandom” panel at Social Media Week in New York, sitting alongside Comedy Central VP of Digital Marketing Don Steele, VH1 Digital VP Tom Chirico, and MTV VP of Social Engagement Tom Fishman.

“You think about fandom not as a one night stand everytime your show is on…it’s a long time relationship,” Fishman said, adding the most important thing for TV executives to do mirrors a relationship: listening.

VH1′s Chirico says understanding what makes the user tick is vital, as is the medium of the content you’re serving up.

“How do you surprise and delight people?” Comedy Central’s Steele suggested as the key to creating fandom. It’s not just listening, but giving, he added. Read more

The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd on Pioneering New Ground in TV

Gale Ann Hurd

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?

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Ed Gordon: YouTube is ‘the Future of Broadcasting’

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?

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TV, videogames and social media converge on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation today

The worlds of television, videogames and social media will once again collide on the ESPN2 series “SportsNation” today. EA Sports, which produces the “Madden NFL” football game franchise, is looking for an athlete to grace the cover of this year’s game, which happens to be the 25th in the franchise. To help pick the cover-athlete, EA is relying on users voting for their favorite on ESPN.com and on Twitter.

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Meet MTV’s Nev Schulman, VH1′s Drita D’Avanzo, CMT’s Cody Alan and Logo’s Ivy Winters at Social Media Week NY

MTV, VH1, CMT and LOGO have successfully made Social Media Week as sexy as Fashion Week. Today, at Viacom HQ in NYC, I’ll be moderating a panel featuring MTV’s Nev Schulman, VH1′s Drita D’Avanzo, CMT’s Cody Alan and Logo’s Ivy Winters to discuss “The Future of Social Media Interaction Between Fans and Entertainers.” Here are the details. Read more

How will social TV change over the next 12 months? Find out during Social Media Week NY

Social Media Week is upon us again and I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in “Social TV: The next 12 months” hosted by Digitas. “From record engagement to major brand campaigns to multi-million dollar acquisitions, there’s no question that the intersection of television and social media has carved out a place in popular culture,” reads the panel description. Here’s a sneak peak from the other panelists and our moderator on what you’ll learn via Vines and short video. Read more

Super Bowl smashes social TV records

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.

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Should TV take notice of Twitter’s new video sharing app Vine?

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.

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Facebook more than triples Twitter’s TV influence, finds survey

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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