Everyone is a Fan

Whether or not you think you are a fan everyone is a fan of something. When I first heard the word fandom I immediately thought of the people who dress up in costumes and parade around fan conventions. When we started to talk about fandom in class I realized that fandom is a very broad word and can range from just liking a TV show to actually dressing up and participating in conventions. I for one am a huge sports fan especially the Green Bay Packers. Not only am I involved in the games when they are on TV but I also own shirts and other items that represent the team which is my way of showing I am a fan.

From the reading by Jon Accarrino It talked about how social media has made fandom more of a big deal and easier to become a fan of something. Before social media was a big deal or even invented fans used fan clubs as a way to “connect” with their favorite stars. Ranging from inside details to upcoming events and movies to getting a free prize. Now with social media especially twitter, stars are starting to engage with their fan base and react and response to what they are saying to them. Instead of having to wait for the updates to come via mail for fan clubs these updates come within seconds and are easy to respond back to. It is amazing that one simple tweet or facebook post has the possibility of reaching millions of people around the world. I think that is  what makes social media so great is how interactive it is and how easy it is to feel connected to people who are famous.

Fans don’t just want to like something they also want to be engaged with it . The best way for fans to show how much they love something especially on video is through YouTube. Believe it or not the girl we now know as the Overly Attached Girlfriend started out by posting a fan video to Justin Bieber which can be seen below.

When most people post videos to YouTube about a certain celebrity they are of course hoping to get some feedback or maybe attention from the celebrity themselves. Justin Bieber posted the fan video with many excited young teens to grace the screen of YouTube to show JB exactly how big of a fan they were.  The girl in the video might not have gotten Justin’s feedback (correct me if I am wrong) but she did gain followers herself and is now all over the internet.  I remember when I was in middle school me and my friend put together a fan video to win tickets to a bands concert. Even though we did not win the contest it was cool to know that they would be watching the videos to pick the winner and I was showing how big of a fan I was and how much I supported them.

One of the cool things about social media connecting with TV shows is through live tweeting. Most shows have hashtags on the bottom corner of the screen in which you can tweet your thoughts throughout the show. With the hashtag you can then look up the timeline of everyone that is also tweeting. Celebritys have also taken to the twitter world by live tweeting during the time their show is on air. This is a quick picture of the guys of Ghost Adventures tweeting about their live tweeting during the show. This gives fans the opportunity to involve in conversation with them and also get little quick facts that maybe the show did not tell you.

I know I take to twitter when my favorite shows are on TV mostly because I like to see if others have the same thoughts I do or to see what their opinions are. Have you ever live tweeted a TV show, sports event or even the debate?

Many people may not want to admit that they are a fan of a particular subject or thing but I must know for the people who are brave enough to share with me what you are a fan of?

And if you are a fan of something what do you do to show that you are a fan?

Second life

My week for discussion was performing identities on the social web and I found it extremely interesting once I actually read more into it. It is crazy to think how much social media evolves over the years and how fast it changes.  I can remember when I was younger the way to communicate with friends was through chat such as AOL or yahoo messenger. You add your friends and when they were online you could chat with them or leave a message that they would receive when they logged on. With chat programs it was easy to become whoever you wanted to be. If you were a shy person in public you can voice your opinions you had through social media easily.  This also created problems with people not saying who they said they were. It is very easy to make up a fake name, take a picture of someone that looks nothing like you and pretend to be that person. Some social media sites make it possible to create an avatar of someone who represents you online. Second life is an online world in which you can connect with other avatars, join groups and communicate through chat. When I first heard of this online world I thought it was an intense version of the Sims. To start off you can buy and sell things with real money and also make real money.  With your money you can buy clothes, shoes, accessories, houses and even cell phones. Because they try to make this seem as real as possible advertisers of course use this advantage as product placement. Most of the stores in second life are stores in real life and companies such as Toyota have even put their cars in this virtual world. Professional designers and architects use this space to display their work and to get their name out there. With the graphics so good that it seems like something in the real world, companies have taken it to the point of building a hotel to get feedback from people in the game. Once they got the feedback they then opened the hotel in real life. This gives companies a way to test their products and also market them to many different people. Gamers in second life made a game called Slingo and the game was such a hit that the game was licensed to a company in real life. The film world of course had to get involved and Warner Brothers sponsored a loft for a Regina Spektor character to get her music out there.   This virtual world spread so much that even Harvard Law School has a room in the virtual world where people can go and have debates and discussions. This virtual world is open for people who know each other and also people who already have friends on the site. Even though I don’t see myself personally using this site I think it is really interesting what this site has done for companies and individuals.  I got my information from this YouTube video which I encourage everyone to watch.

Has anyone ever used this site or would you ever use this site? If you have already used it what do you think about it ?