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Clickhole Reports ‘Modern Family’ Cancelled, Internet Users “Totally Stopped Breathing”

modern familyThis morning, Clickhole published a post cancelling “Modern Family,” writing that ABC “just cancelled [it] in order to teach people that something you love can be taken from you with no warning whatsoever.”

Take a deep breath, skim readers, Clickhole is The Onion‘s viral content offshoot. But we know how this goes. It is a good example though of how different communities on different social platforms read news. In the expansive Twitter-sphere, you can hardly control the news. On Facebook, people get the joke (because they liked the parody site because it’s a parody site in the first place).

Of note, the news spread around Twitter, with many people retweeting the post and openly expressing their heartbreak with various emoji combinations. Facebook users berate each other for falling for it. On both platforms, like on most of the internet, it all devolves pretty quickly into homophobic rants. In any case, don’t worry. “Modern Family” will live on. For  now.

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Everyone is a Critic: VH1′s ‘Drumline 2: A New Beat’ Flops With Fans

If this is another golden age of television, it’s also a golden age of social criticism. Social media means networks can market new shows and pump up the crowd in the hope that everyone will live-tweet it and draw more advertising eyeballs. But it also means that when something flops, it flops hard.

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Let’s all pour one out for everyone over at VH1 this morning. “Drumline 2: A New Beat,” a spinoff of the super successful 2002 film “Drumline,” premiered last night. Yesterday, when #DrumlineANewBeat was circling around social media, fans could hardly contain themselves waiting for showtime. And then the movie started. It wasn’t just that stars Nick Cannon and Alexandra Ship weren’t living up to the beloved movie’s status. Fans were eager to give advice and complain about the technical stuff:

Actually, the idea of a “Drumline” series sounds like a much better idea than a big event-style, made for tv sequel. #Drumlin2 is still trending this morning, and the social response is not getting any nicer though:

Ouch. While the miniseries and TV movies are having their moment, it’s worth noting when the trend hits a saturation point. Some things might be better left alone.

Is Apple About to Make a Big Social TV Play?

AppleLogoTrip Chowdhry, a co-founder and analyst at Global Equities Research, has been interviewing developers ahead of an Apple announcement set for October 16. ”All these developers strongly believe that Apple has opened its Apple TV APIs to some big developers including Facebook, Twitter, CNBC and Disney” Chowdhry said. “These developers feel that Facebook and Twitter APIs may be built into (the) Apple TV Platform API, which if true, could jump-start a completely new TV experience called ‘Social TV.’”

“A new experience called ‘Social TV’”? Really?

Regardless, there appears to be strong evidence that Facebook and Twitter will have the opportunity to integrate social features into the next Apple TV release. Adam Levy of The Motley Fool thinks that all companies involved would benefit: Read more

TODAY Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Great Facebook Activations

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and TODAY got things started with a host of on-air and Facebook-based initiatives.

To kick things off, TODAY changed their profile picture, altering the logo from its signature orange to pink (they also did this on air). Then, Joan Lunden, TODAY’s special correspondent during National Breast Cancer Awareness month was in the #OrangeRoom participating in a Facebook Q&A. One fan suggested that the Orange Room – TODAY’s social media zone – be renamed the Pink Room this month. Lunden’s response? “Good call. I’ll put in the request!”

TODAY also asked fans to submit #PinkPower photos, showing who they were supporting by wearing pink. So far, over 600 pictures have been submitted.

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Facebook Media Hub Highlights Company’s Successful Social TV Partnerships

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 1.48.13 PMFacebook yesterday announced Facebook Media, a hub that, according to Director of Media Partnerships Nick Grudin, showcases ‘great examples and new trends illustrating how public figures, organizations and media are using Facebook to connect with their audiences.’

In the past year, Facebook has become the go-to platform for brands advertising on mobile. It has also made major strides to enter the social TV conversation – introducing APIs designed for producers to seamlessly integrate data into telecasts, leveraging Instagram during red carpet events, and creating new products such as the ‘Mentions Box.’

Among the seven categories on Facebook Media is ‘TV,’ which currently includes two success stories (‘Game of Thrones Hosts Season 4 Premiere Event’ and ‘Pepsi IPL Cricket Tournament Integrates Facebook with TV’), one post (‘The 2014 Emmy Awards: Stars Answer Fan Questions on the Red Carpet’), and one best practice (‘Integrate TV with Social Content’). Read more

Stand Up To Cancer Partners With Facebook to Amplify Message

SU2C_1_onWhite-1Stand Up To Cancer (SU2c) aired Friday night on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and more – with each of these networks donating one hour slots of simultaneous commercial-free television for the show - and Facebook was the primary social partner for the telecast.

The entertainment world came together to support cancer research and collaborative medical trials, and to raise awareness. Katie Couric hosted the start-studded show, which included performances by The Who and Lupe Fiasco, and many A-listers in attendance.

“Our partnership with Stand up to Cancer lets celebrities and viewers at home engage personally, in real time, the same way we see people connect with their friends every day on Facebook,” Nick Grudin, Director of Media Partnerships for Facebook, tells Lost Remote. “Tonight’s telecast represents the evolution of the traditional phone bank, using Facebook to connect stars with fans throughout the show, and to amplify every voice building awareness and support for cancer research.” Read more

CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward Hosts Facebook Chat About ISIS

1400502-clarissa-ward-jsw-912a_714904bf9e1264112242dd02f795e4fe Clarissa Ward was in Istanbul recently speaking with a European jihadi who left Syria because of how terror-group ISIS has changed the nature of the war in Syria. Ward – a broadcast journalist – has been covering the war diligently and has spoken to many jihadists in Syria over the past few months.

Taking a break from her on-air and in-the-field duties, Ward today hosted a Facebook Q&A from London to field questions about ISIS, taking people behind the scenes of what it’s like to be a war correspondent and sharing her thoughts on situation.

Some highlights from the chat below, followed by the embedded post:

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Hulu ‘Didn’t Know’ It Was Sending User Data to Facebook

hulu-logoIn its most recent argument in it’s privacy suit, Hulu has submitted court docs claiming that they had no way of knowing that user data would be sent to Facebook via the like button on it’s pages.

This means that Hulu either has some major staffing problems or a really good lawyer. I’ll put money on the latter.

The suit was brought all the way back in 2012, when judges allowed that Hulu had run afoul of the Video Privacy Protection Act, which in a nice little twist, exists only because a Supreme Court Judge nominee didn’t want people knowing what he was renting at BlockbusterRead more

Jimmy Fallon Tries Instagram’s New Time-Lapse App ‘Hyperlapse’

Instagram yesterday released a new standalone app, Hyperlapse, which lets users create professional-looking time-lapse videos with their smartphones.

The new release is in line with Facebook’s mobile-first strategy, and gives Instagram a Vine-like offshoot that has the potential to catch on rapidly.

Via the Instagram blog:

We designed Hyperlapse to be as simple as possible. You don’t need an account to create a hyperlapse. Instead, you open up straight to the camera. Tap once to begin recording and tap again to stop. Choose a playback speed that you like between 1x-12x and tap the green check mark to save it to your camera roll. You can share your video on Instagram easily from there.

From documenting your whole commute in seconds or the preparation of your dinner from start to finish to capturing an entire sunset as it unfolds, we’re thrilled about the creative possibilities Hyperlapse unlocks. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

It will be interesting to see how Hyperlapse factors into broadcasts. This morning, the ‘Today Show’ team filmed a Hyperlapse on air, promising to post it to Instagram later today. Always an early adopter of technology, here’s Jimmy Fallon’s attempt at what is likely one of the first hyperlapse videos (posted yesterday) created:

VMAs Bests Emmys on Facebook with Triple the Engagement

vma-2014For the past week, the social conversation has centered on the VMAs and Emmys, which aired on back-to-back nights. Each had its share of buzzworthy moments, from Beyonce’s VMA performance (followed by a Jay-Z and Blue Ivy appearance) to Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams during last night’s Emmys

But which awards show captured the attention (and engagement) of Facebook users? Sunday night’s VMAs saw 13 million people with over 30 million interactions; 6.2 million people had 10.9 million interactions related to the Emmy Awards last night.

While the VMAs trumped the Emmys on Facebook, the Emmys improved compared to last year’s numbers. For the 2013 Emmys, 4.8 million people had 7.1 million interactions around the 2013 Emmy Awards. Read more

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