Thursday, February 24, 2011

Voting on Facebook for American Idol

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.media/02/24/american.idol.facebook/index.html

So Facebook has finally offered American Idol a secure way to vote online. Each viewer can log on to their Facebook account and vote up to 50 times. People can still vote via text message or phone calls as well. This means people will have an additional 50 votes. This could really impact the votes on the show and change things up a bit.
If people are voting on Facebook it might influence their friends to vote too since they could see in on their profiles or news feed. It might even make people who don't watch the show, want to start watching it because they want to be involved with the online voting on Facebook with the rest of their friends. The Facebook voting will most likely increase the popularity of the show even more. Facebook is the biggest social network, and trends fly around like crazy on it. If this voting is advertised well, then the ratings for the show and the channel could increase greatly. If other shows realize that Facebook voting is helping the popularity of American Idol, then this might become more popular with other series as well. I think television shows could really benefit by this, by putting themselves on Facebook, and allowing their fans to vote, not only makes their friends want to do it as well, but it makes them feel special and involved which will make them want to watch the show more often. Ultimately, Facebook voting will gain more viewers for the show.

6 comments:

Smith said...

Is Facebook getting any sort of compensation for this advertisement? Should they?

kern said...

There has been a lot of talk about linking purchases to your Facebook status. In other words, when you purchase something online it would be reflected in a status update. (This may already be happening as I'll admit I'm not a Facebook person) Do you think this would be a good business model and as Smith said should/would Facebook be compensated for this "advertising" or are the companies advertising for Facebook by allowing users to link to their account?

joseph said...

What impacts do you think the internet will have on the future? DO you think that all tv shows/ stations will turn to an online social website to promote or change the way we watch tv for the future? Do you believe that as tv makes its way mobile that we will begin to eliminate the need for a big flatscreen or computers? How might that affect the economy with its positive and negative aspects that could occur.

Curt said...

I think Lindsay is right that other stations and shows could benfit from from using Facebook. Everyone uses Facebook and if people could have a part in their favorite shows through Facebook, The showes could really benefit. Facebook could also benefit greatly from this. If this idea really takes off, then Facebook could make some serious money off of this trend.

Lindsay said...

I'm not sure if Facebook is getting any sort of compensation for this. I would expect them to, but then again it is beneficial to both sides so they might not. Facebook is already making loads of money to begin with. There is a lot of advertising going on with these kinds of situations, but I think Facebook is really helping all of these other companies out more than they are helping Facebook out. People check Facebook because they like to see what people are doing, and what is going on. Businesses chose Facebook because it is so popular, not the other way around.

Garrett T. said...

Even if Facebook isn't getting any compensation for it, it's basically free advertisement for them. If any company was smart they'd use facebook as a middle man or media advertisement gateway for their products. Like Curt said everyone uses facebook now a days. It's actually kind of ridiculous who does, it's not just a "teenage young kid" thing anymore.