As I’ve written before, I don’t watch much television. I just don’t have time, and quite honestly, even if I did have time, I’d probably spend it doing one of the other many things on my to-do list. However, one show I have heard of before is Sanctuary. I’ve never actually watched it, but from what I’ve heard, it’s a great show, or it was a great show rather. Sanctuary was recently cancelled, and the cast and fans are not happy about it.
As with just about everything, you can gauge how well a decision like canceling a popular television show is received by monitoring the chatter about it on social media sites. As soon as this news broke, Twitter and Facebook lit up about it like a decorated tree on Christmas morning.
You can even like Save Sanctuary on Facebook and follow Save Sanctuary on Twitter. This same type of thing happened last year when Stargate Universe was cancelled. You might be rolling your eyeballs about this, but the fact is that the Save Stargate Universe Facebook page has over 75,000 likes, and the Save Stargate Universe Twitter page has over 5,000 followers. That’s a lot of people!
Will all that social media effort really influence the decision makers at the networks? I suppose the jury is still out on that; however, one thing is for sure. Social media provides a platform for fans of just about anything to rally and make a fuss, which in this case, I’m sure the network knows about. After all, if they didn’t keep up with what was being said about them in social media, they’d be fools, right?
To take this link between social media and television even further, Networked Insights recently did some research at the request of AdAge and put it together in the infographic below. Since supposedly the number of Twitter followers is linked to a show’s success (some great shows have been cancelled, so I don’t know if this is really true), this infographic called Which New Shows Have The Top Tweeters breaks it all down based on Twitter followers, which actors and actresses are most likely to follow you back, and which ones are frequent tweeters. I wish Jeri Ryan and Alyssa Milano were on this list. I love their tweets!
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