Starting today, Friday I am going to create a new “corner” on The Myndset. It is going to be a place where I feature an interesting site that caught my attention recently. I will endeavour to explain why it is interesting. Think of this as an alternative to #ff (= follow friday on Twitter), as a way to share your discoveries. And if you like it, go ahead and tweet it out!
The first site I am going to feature may not be the most extraordinary one, but it kind of sums up society in the new world: Famecount, a site that allows you to track the stars on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Stars & social media. This comes on the heels of the announcement by Lady Gaga (38.5M total fans) of the creation of her very own social networking site: Backplane (still unreleased, but with $1MM in backing from Eric Schmidt). Famecount has all sorts of categories such as musicians, actors, politicians, athletes, sports teams, non profits.
Here is my favorite category to check out: Education! Tops on the list? Harvard University. Thanks MZ. The top non US entry: Amity University from India comes in 6th. Otherwise, the top 10 is dominated by US institutions. Special note for the New England Journal of Medicine that comes in at 10th. Oxford University leads the European fray, in at 12th.
At school, a 10 year old was asked " what do you want to be later in life? The child replied "Famous".
A teenager TV show I recently watched was analysing the reactions of celebs facing harsh criticisms on social media, and the web. Some celebs took positions against FB, and Twitter. Their attitude was immedialtely a source of further criticisms because as the journalists pointed out "they do not understand the whole raison d'etre of social networks." Those celebs who undergo the most negative feedback are the ones over-exposed in the most marketing, artificial product-like aspects; they are no longer artists, but lack authenticity and it shows.
Minter, penses au francophone.
Le même en français STP…
J'y regarderai (I'll take a look at that idea!). Thanks Laetitia.