Is this accurate? I'm sorry, I don't really know how to read ratings correctly, but did they at some point go below 1 million? programminginsider(.)com/network/updated-wednesday-ratings-abc-cbs-top-night/?platform=hootsuite
If only you could hear me laughing right now. I was waiting for the half-hour breakdown to come out and hoping this would be the case.
When the show started at 9:00pm 1.10 million people were tuned in and watching The Flop.
By the time 9:30pm rolled around 137,000 people had said “Fuck this dude” and changed the channel on a Bellini heavy episode bringing the total number of people who made it to the halfway point of the episode only 963,000.
When you average the two is when you get the 1.03 total ratings for the entire episode, but in reality they ended the episode with significantly less than a million viewers and I don’t recall that ever happening before.
This is some great advice from @sunlitroom , who’s got some experience with using Twitter from being a Fannibal!
1. Nielsen begins counting tweets three hours before the show
airs, and then up to three hours after it airs.
You want to use all that time if you can.Make sure everyone is clear on timezone differences in advance.
2. Only have TWO hashtags per post – anything beyond that isn’t
counted. #Gotham is the constant throughout, but we need to agree on unique ones for before and after and KEEP
THE EPISODE TITLE FOR DURING THE EPISODE.
If it’s used before that time, it makes it harder to trend. So, for example, for the first episode back:
(pre-episode) #Gotham #GothamReturn
(during the episode) #Gotham #HowTheRiddlerGotHisName
(after the episode) #Gotham #EdWentHatShopping
Don’t swear in your tweets, Nielsen doesn’t count them if
you do. On a similar note - try to keep tweets positive and open to
everyone. This is not the time or place to rabidly promote your
ship, denounce the writers, share wildly explicit fanfic or fanart, or
everyone how much you hate that Harvey never wears his glasses anymore.
The place for that is Tumblr (preferably on
my dash 😉)
4. Follow the #Gotham hashtag before, during and after the
episode.Make sure you respond to other
fans, and retweet their tweets. This
increases our ‘unique audience’, and this is how Nielsen ranks shows for its
daily top 5.
5. International Gothamites can count towards trending, but NOT
towards Nielsen. BUT Nielsen WILL count
international tweets if they’re retweeted by someone in the US – so international
Gothamites need to put INT at the beginning of their tweets, and US Gothamites
need to make sure to retweet these.
6. People who can’t be on
Twitter while episodes air (time
differences, work, whatever) can schedule tweets using tweetdeck or
hootsuite. Fannibals created templates for this – I’ll
look these out and retweet them so people can get the idea. Depending
on what you want to do, you could
schedule tweets for every minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes. A tweet a
minute is really easy to do - and we have loads of time to schedule
stuff in advance before the show starts again.
7. Keep it ship-free. Stick
to tags that everyone will be happy to use no matter their personal preferences,
and that also won’t confuse the bejesus out of anyone who isn’t super-involved
in fandom. As soon as we split into
factions, we’re sunk. Fannibals were
successful at trending at cancellation time because we have a unified fandom. Gotham’s advantage is that it probably has a
wider audience, some of whom are more casual: take advantage of this by keeping
8. Thunderclap is like one huge scheduled post on Twitter. One person would choose the message, and then
we circulate it so everyone can sign up.
People can sign up way ahead of time, so they don’t have to worry about
remembering on the day. The more people
who sign up – the stronger it is. Again –
the key is to keep it positive and accessible, so – for example – #GothamIsBack
on the day of the episode.
9.We also did a masterpost on Tumblr of Fannibals’ twitter handles, so we could follow each other and retweet.
10.Hannibal has a relatively small fandom - but still managed to trend for
hours at a time. Even if there could be a core of people who were
willing to do it, it might make a dent. People who don’t really want to
be involved but will do the occasional retweet during the episode using
the hashtag can still be helpful. The key thing to avoid is different
groups emerging who want to use their own hashtags - then no-one has any
The above all sounds like a lot
of work - but I can promise you it’s also a lot of fun. Being on
Twitter with other Fannibals - even though we had been cancelled - felt
like a proper community. I’m still mutuals with loads of Russian
fannibals on Twitter :))
you are wondering why we are making so many posts about this, it’s because the
day we are told whether Eyewitness will get a second season is getting closer.
so you know, it’s not a given. AT
ALL. If we had had higher ratings – if all the viewers had watched through
traceable sites and NOT illegally – ratings would have been higher and right
now we wouldn’t even be questioning Season 2, it would have already been
now, we are hoping that USA will see the potential. We are hoping that they
will see that THE FANS ARE THERE.
IS THE TIME WHERE WE NEED TO MAKE THE MOST NOISE.
you want Eyewitness to have a second season, please tweet @usa_network. Tweet
@netflix. Tweet @amazon. Use the hashtag. (#WeWantEyewitnessSeason2). Join
our twitter parties (SCHEDULE TWEETS IF YOU ARE BUSY DURING THOSE TIMES – you can
use tweetdeck or Hootsuite for that).
see so many tweets from people talking about Eyewitness but if they aren’t
tagged, unfortunately, they are USELESS – no point in saying ‘they need to do
another season’ if you aren’t making sure the people who are responsible for
renewing can see that you want it.
point in saying ‘USA network hate us!’. THEY DON’T. It’s up to you to show them
that you want this show to survive. We had our chance with ratings, now all we
can do is MAKE NOISE.
we will never tire of repeating this – please DO NOT GIVE OUT ILLEGAL LINKS.
Just DON’T. New viewers join every day and THE VIEWS COUNT. Don’t sabotage your
own hard work and your show’s chances to be brought back to the screen.
I came across this article yesterday written by Zeba Blay.
I think it’s one of the few nuanced articles that I’ve read regarding what it means to be black and recognise beauty in blackness but not in yourself. It made me want to ask all my black female friends ‘do you think you’re beautiful?’ and have a conversation on that.
If you read the article and also look at a few of the zblay’s tweets, i think it really highlights the complexities of black beauty because this isn’t about hating black hair or black skin nor is it hating it on yourself but if anything it’s being unable to recognise beauty in yourself the same way you recognise it in other black women.
…or at least that’s been my initial reaction. i think it would be really interesting to find out how other people feel on this and if they pick up something different to me.
there are many aspects to this article that really ran true for me, one being:
I want to be uninterested in beauty; I want to be uninterested in the idea that self-esteem only has to do with the way one looks. But in a society where black beauty is so invisible, so little celebrated, it’s impossible not to be preoccupied with it. That’s the crux. Beauty isn’t and shouldn’t be the scale by which we measure our self-worth and validation. But for black women, the constant bombardment of negative messaging sometimes makes it so hard to separate those things from one another.
Any advice on how a newbie illustrator builds their online presence?
Building an online presence is a really good plan for any illustrator these days. When I graduated college (back in ye olden days of 2008) I was told not to worry about “online popularity” because it didn’t actually mean anything in the professional world. Well, boy has that changed!
While you shouldn’t base your success as an artist on how many followers you have online, it really is worth it to try and build up a decent online following if you’re trying to get your art out there and find work. Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have created a whole new realm of self-marketing opportunities. It’s essentially “free” advertising (I put “free” in quotation marks because it still requires time, and time is money, but to a certain degree it is time worth spending). Social media can lead to jobs. In fact most of my freelance work has come from people simply discovering my work online.
The idea is simple: The more places you put your art online, the higher the chance the right person will stumble across it. The specific sites you should post on will depend on your intended audience, field, type of art, and personal preferences, but as a general rule I highly recommend Twitter and Tumblr because of how easy it is for people to share your work while still including links back to your profile (re-tweeting and re-blogging). Both these sites have great potential for art going viral and audiences for a wide variety of subject matter and style.
Some people use cross-posting tools like Hootsuite or IFTTT, or have one site auto-post to another (such as Twitter to Facebook) to save time, but in most cases, I don’t personally recommend this, as it limits the control you have over how your posts appear on each site. Generally you want to try to tailor your content to each site (I use hashtags on Instagram, shorter posts on Twitter, longer posts on Tumblr, etc). There are a few exceptions. I do like to use Hootsuite to post to Instagram because it allows me to type up Instagram posts on my computer instead of having to do it on my phone, and I will occasionally have Tumblr auto-post to Twitter or Facebook (but usually I edit the summary first). Ultimately, you should do whatever works best for you.
I do recommend scheduling posts. Most social media sites have built-in scheduling features that make it easy to type up a post whenever you want and then pick a time for it to actually post. It can be tempting to post a piece of art the second you finish it, but timing can have a significant impact on the response you get to that piece. If you post something at 2am when few of your followers are online, then it’s far less likely to be seen and shared. Time zones are obviously a factor here as well. The ideal time to post something will differ greatly depending on whether the majority of your audience lives in the United States vs. the United Kingdom. If you’re not already doing it, I recommend using Google Analytics to get an idea of where the bulk of your audience is from (as well as a whole bunch of other useful info). Twitter and Facebook also have their own analytics tools (if you have a Facebook Page, rather than just a personal profile, it’s under the Insights tab).
The best time to post may also vary depending on the site. Here are some articles to get you started but ultimately you may have to experiment to figure out ideal posting times for your own audience:
I don’t schedule all of my posts. If I’m posting a quick doodle or a work-in-progress shot, I may just post it in real-time, but I do try to schedule the majority of my finished art posts.
An important thing to keep in mind is that social media can be a bit unpredictable. I will sometimes post a piece I’ve put a ton of effort into, thinking it’ll really take off, only to find it just doesn’t get much attention at all, while a silly sketch I did in 20 minutes becomes unexpectedly popular. My most popular post on my blog, Dealing with Artistic Burnout, was just something I typed up almost as a venting exercise, to combat all those “You must work until your hands bleed and you die of exhaustion” type posts I see about how to succeed as an artist, but I guess (not surprisingly, in retrospect) it struck a cord with a lot of people who were also fed up with that message and it really took off. And sometimes you just accidentally post something at a bad time and not many people see it. So don’t be discouraged if a piece doesn’t resonate with the public the way you were hoping.
It can be easy to start to let favorites, comments, notes, and reblogs dictate your emotions but that’s a dangerous road to go down. Remember, first and foremost you’re doing art because you love it. Online followers are just an added bonus and a useful piece of gaining traction in the industry. They should never become the sole reason for posting. It’s okay to feel good about people responding well to your work though. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be recognized for what you do.
The most important thing to remember in trying to build an online presence is that it takes time. You’re not going to build a dedicated group of followers overnight. It will probably seem incredibly slow at first. The best thing to do is just keep putting stuff out there and reevaluating your posting strategies until something sticks. You just need one piece to take off and then it tends to have a sort of snowball effect.
One last thing I want to talk about is content. This is obviously a matter of personal opinion and you should do what feels right to you, but it’s really important to keep in mind that these social media posts are the public face you are presenting to potential clients. You have no idea who might be reading them or what their personal views are. I personally try to avoid discussing politics or religion, posting potentially inflammatory opinions, or being extremely negative on my social media sites. A lot of people have causes they like to champion and that’s understandable, but you do need to weigh the pros and cons of discussing certain topics publicly.
I also don’t recommend posting incredibly personal information (such as ranting about friend/significant other drama) or complaining about work/employers (past or current). Basically, conduct yourself under the assumption that potential employers are watching your every move, because they just may well be. Someone who is polite, mature, helpful, and friendly on their social media is more likely to attract work than someone who is extremely negative or constantly ranting about politics or personal drama. Also, try to avoid being self-disparaging. I see this a lot on young artists’ social media. Even if you do feel insecure about your skills as an artist (I think most of us do to some degree), don’t constantly emphasize this on social media. Potential clients/employers are going to wonder why they should be confident in your abilities if you aren’t confident in them yourself. Overall, I try to keep my social media light, positive, and focused mostly on my art with a few other things thrown in now and then.
I hope this helps! If you (or anyone else) have any additional questions feel free to ask!
This has to be pretty high on a list of situations they don’t properly prepare you for if you’re training to be a teacher. And yet, the way a teacher responds to this statement will have way more impact on a student than successfully integrating an interactive whiteboard into a history lesson.
A survey for LGBT Youth Scotland revealed that the average time a young person takes from realising they are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) to telling someone is three and a half years. This means a young person may have spent almost a quarter of their life getting to the point of opening up to someone.
Click the link above to read ideas to try and help you avoid saying the wrong thing at the crucial moment of disclosure (these can be applied to everyone, not just teachers)
To the Keen2 community and Tom Keen fans on Tumblr, I promised to pass this along for a few friends on various social media outlets (including the fantastic Veruca Crews, whose lovely art work is seen above) to get as many people actively engaged in it as possible. Apparently some of the people that are less than thrilled with the spinoff and Tom Keen have been very vocal to the writers and to Ryan recently, so several people have put together a Twitter campaign to show our support for Ryan and his wonderful portrayal of Tom Keen. Again, this will be focused in on Twitter and I’m just passing the word along over here on Tumblr (though we will be working to put together something here on Tumblr shortly).
Veruca Crews has provided these awesome icons and is generous enough to let people use them for this day if you’d like to. She has also set up guidelines to follow to make sure that everyone is on the same page. If you have a Twitter account and you’re interested in participating, please read through them very carefully. We’re trying to get the hashtag trending.
TWITTER EVENT PROTOCOL
1) Don’t use
#SupportTomKeen before the designated time The event will take place on Thursday May, 26th, at 6am est.and will run for 24 hours, so that those in other timelines also have the chance to be a part of it. Gently remind others that use the tag before the event to wait until the right time, and tell them that using the tag too much beforehand will lessen trending impact. Trending happens with terms that are relatively new, and many people tweet about them at the same time. Terms break out onto the scene, but trending becomes more difficult the more they are used. Be nice! We want everyone to feel welcome.
2) One # term per Tweet. Use only #SupportTomKeen
3) Lots of people tweeting matters more than the number of tweets. Tell everyone TeamTom about the event. There is strength in numbers – remember that the more unique tweeters we have, the more likely we are to trend, and for a longer duration of time. Send your tweets out fast – but remember to pace yourself. You want to avoid “Twitter Jail.” We know we can hit worldwide trending, so sustained tweeting matters. Trending can be a distraction, but we need you to keep those wonderful tweets coming.
4) Those with lots of followers help out a lot! Alternate accounts with few followers do not have as much “influence” towards trending. But tweets from accounts like @Ryan_Eggold, @NBCBlacklist and @NBCRedemption make a big impact. Let’s try to build our Tom Keen fan follower networks. One easy way is to follow people on fan Twitter lists.
5) We also want to pique the interest of non-Tom Keen fans. This is the key to our trending duration success. It gives a chance to get our message about Tom Keen out to another audience. Try to construct a list of thoughtful and informative tweets before the event. These can be copied and pasted for easy tweets. Use some witty Tom Keen sayings – link some of the official promo videos – share pics, screenshots or gifs of your favorite Tom Keen moments - speculate about the plans of the Spin Off. Cool tweets are more likely to earn re-tweets, and this immensely helps trending.
6) We can discuss aspects of Tom Keen in our tweets. TRY to include the words Blacklist or Blacklist Redemption (with no #) in your tweet if possible. Talk about the new show. Maybe we can also trend Blacklist Redemption.
7) Private accounts must have their locked status removed, as the tweets from locked accounts do not count toward the trend tally.
8) Retweets are the easiest way to help out the trending effort. Just search for the hashtag, and retweet the ones that are interesting to you. If you know how to use a Twitter application suite like TweetDeck or HootSuite, this is made even easier.
As a side note, @krism23 pointed out in a discussion that when you retweet, make sure to use the quote tweet option and add the hashtag again or it will not count towards trending.
We’d love to get as many people involved in this as possible. Please pass this around the Tumblr community so that everyone who has a Twitter account and that would like to participate has a chance!
As always, please no hijacking of this event. It is a positivity campaign.
Join our Eyewitness Twitter Party on THURSDAY
(please see photo above for exact times)! Let’s all remind @USA_Network that
we’re still here and that there is still interest in the show even though no new episodes are airing right now!
You want a second season of Eyewitness and Philkas?
Well, let the network hear you! Be loud, be vocal, make noise — and do it NOW!
Please use the hashtags #Eyewitness and #WeWantEyewitnessSeason2,
and don’t forget to also tag @netflix and @amazon to show them that people love
Eyewitness and would like to see it added to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video!
Not gonna be around at the scheduled time? No problem — you can use Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to schedule tweets to be sent during the hour when we’re having the Twitter party!
This blog has over 1,600 followers. If every one of
you were to participate in this twitter party and send a few tweets to USA
Network then that would create a LOT of noise! Let’s all work together to make USA Network sit up and realize that the fanbase is still going strong and that we are serious about wanting another season of Philkas and Eyewitness!
According to showrunner Adi Hasak the network will make their decision at the end of January so NOW is the time to make ourselves heard!!! We may not get another chance so tweet your hearts out!
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This trend will be a tad bit different. Leah’s birthday is coming
soon, so we thought it’d be a great idea to trend for her. I’m sure most
of you have seen the increase in hate being thrown towards Leah lately.
She’s such a sweetheart and doesn’t at all deserve that. She’s kind,
charming, funny, woke on social issues, and just an overall cinnamon
roll. So, please join us in celebrating her birthday and swarming her in
as much love as possible.
Trend: ‘Happy Birthday Leah Pipes’
Day: Wednesday, August 12
Time: 2PM PST / 5PM EST / 6PM BRAZIL 10PM UK / 11PM CET
Please pay attention to the DAY and TIME. Because they are a bit different than our last trends.
goal is to tweet for an hour and trend, so we highly encourage using
twitter drafts. Twitter drafts are handy because you can save a set
number of tweets before our scheduled trend, and start sending them when
the time starts. The more tweet drafts you have, the more tweets you
can do in an hour, the better chances we have of trending!
make drafts on the Twitter app (mobile), Tweetdeck (works on
Mobile/PC), Futuretweets (for scheduling tweets on the PC), TweetCaster
(scheduling tweets on mobile), Hootsuite (scheduling tweets on
Even if you do not ship Klamille and love Cami or Leah Pipes the way we do, please feel free to join us! We’d love to have you.