Social Media – The Weekly Roundup

by Shveta Singh13. July 2009 12:36       Bookmark and Share

Michael Jackson’s death and funeral service broke records online

He broke records not just in life, but even after his death.  Michael Jackson’s death was the most talked about subject online this past week. His fans thronged social networking sites to express their emotions and read what others had to say. Here’s a snapshot: 

MJ’s Facebook fan page following grew from 80,000 fans to a phenomenal 8.9 million as of today. This has made Michael Jackson’s fan page the most popular ever on FB, going even beyond President Obama. 

His funeral service, streamed live on the net, also created a record. According to Yahoo, the ceremony was the single most streamed in its history with 5 million streams. In addition to this, the global web traffic was as high as 33% above normal during the event, and almost 800,000 status updates related to online broadcast of the funeral service were posted on Facebook. 

Google to launch Google Chrome Operating System 

Last Tuesday, Google announced that it will soon launch Google Chrome OS, an operating system, designed to work with its Chrome browser. Seen as a direct threat to Microsoft’s Windows, the OS will be available for use by second half of 2010.

This will be a fast and lightweight OS with an ability to take the user onto the web in just a few seconds. According to Google, the software will be optimized for small, lightweight laptop computers called netbooks, used primarily to surf the web and check e-mail.

US president Obama gives African new media usage a fillip with his recent visit 

He did it again…US president Barack Obama made extensive use of social media and mobile tools to stay in touch with the people of Africa during his visit last week. 

According to sources, a very aggressive new media strategy was planned to speak directly to the people of Africa. Web users were invited to sign up to receive SMS alerts offering news and updates on his activities in the country and excerpts of his speech. Additionally, live streams of his speech were also available on social networking websites such as Facebook and the White House official blog.

L. K. Advani goes the Obama way — Omnipresent Online

by Shveta Singh17. February 2009 11:10       Bookmark and Share


 

The online bug has finally bitten Indian politicians, all thanks to the resounding success of the Obama online campaign. Surprisingly, the first adopter is not from the young leader brigade led by Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot, but the 81 years old Prime Ministerial hopeful — Mr. L. K. Advani.

 

Mr. Advani’s campaign team has launched a 360 degree online campaign in order to reposition Brand Advani as ‘The Leader’ for the young generation. Having started with a Web 2.0 Website and Blog, his campaign is now leveraging YouTube, Facebook, Orkut and Google Adsense to reach out to the young voter.

 

Impressive!

Impressive in terms of the scope of activity and tactics being experimented with. However, what remains to be seen is whether he can pull it off the way Obama managed. Just to bring all on board…

· On Facebook, President Obama has more than 5.4 million supporters and 570,000 plus wall posts.
· Obama’s YouTube address garnered nearly a million views.
· On Twitter, Obama sent out more than 260 Tweets to 144,000 "followers”, updating supporters on his whereabouts.
· The “My Barack Obama” community beautifully used online tools to organise offline activities and generate donations.
· All in all, Obama managed to raise $600 million from 3 million people, mainly through small contributions made online.

Coming back to the Advani Campaign. It is definitely ambitious but has had mixed results: 

· His Google Adwords campaign targeting and image ads are bang on. 
· His website is buzzing with activity. Pretty interactive with blogs, online volunteer form and discussion forum having more than 5000 posts. It has achieved an   impressive Alexa ranking of 474 and page rank 4 in just 1 year of its existence. 
· His Blog has well written posts, albeit infrequent. The last post is dated February 1st.
· His Facebook page has only 140 supporters and not much activity happening.  Whereas on Orkut, this number is 531. 
· On YouTube his channel has 191 videos and 82 subscribers as of now.

Overall, the mix of tactics is good, but the execution could have been better. His blog could do a lot better with higher post frequency and daily updates. Similarly, he would have engaged far more number of people on Facebook and Orkut, with interesting applications that let youth participate. For example – My expectations from the next Prime Minister?

 

Nevertheless, a great beginning. Hope to see many more Indian politicians engaging with their voters in the near future.

  

 
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