The exodus has begun as America’s nerds head to Austin, Texas, for the start of the South by Southwest conferences and festival, an annual rite of spring, or, as it’s loving called: “Spring Break for Nerds.” While we have much respect for our techie colleagues, we usually miss being there in person, preferring to view it from a distance. So, we will be in our New York office, looking in from a distance and sharing on Social TV Daily. You won’t miss a thing.
And, as we do every workday, we have scrolled through hundreds of links to find and share the freshest articles that will make you even smarter and brighter.
Last night, Fox’s ‘American Idol’ was tops in social mentions on Twitter, Facebook, GetGlue and Viggle for the third straight night, Trendrr reported this morning.
Yesterday, Facebook announced the first redesign to its news feed since 2006, offering less clutter and new feed filters. We don’t see this as benefiting the Social TV community at this point as TV is not one of the choices on the new filters released yesterday.
We think we have a great set of must-reads for Social TV professionals. So, click the link, give a read and be sure to tell us what you think on Twitter (@socialtvdaily) and Facebook.com/socialtvdaily as well as on the web.
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to set your clocks forward an hour Sunday morning.
- BBC R&D expert: “One can visualize a world where Web content is TV-aware”
Q&A with Jerry Kramskoy, Senior Technologist for BBC Research and Development
Read the article, via IPTV News http://www.iptv-news.com/2013/03/bbc-rd-expert-one-can-visualise-a-world-where-web-content-is-tv-aware/
- SxSW Scene Setter
The 10-day South By Southwest Festival has always been a mashup of movies, music and technology. This year, there’s a growing focus on the rise of entertainment apps to help you better enjoy those and other pursuits.
Read the article, via USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/03/07/sxsw-attracts-tech-entertainment/1970537/
- SXSW 2013: Five tech trends we can’t wait to see
Some already-emerging trends and news as South by Southwest kicks off in Austin, Texas, Friday.
Read the article, via EW http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/03/07/sxsw-2013-preview-interactive/
TV Buzz for Thursday Night
Last night, for the third straight night this week, ‘American Idol’ topped the social buzz for broadcast TV with 356,880 mentions by 151,229 people, Trendrr reported this morning. The NBA matchup between Oklahoma City and New York paced cable with 156,586 mentions by 102,539 people, according to Trendrr.
Critics’ Picks for TV
- LA Times — ‘Last Man Standing’ on ABC on Friday night.
- Weekend TV
USA Today — ‘Grimm’ on NBC Friday night at 9, ‘Restless Virgins’ on Lifetime Saturday at 8, and ‘The Bible’ Sunday at 8 on History channel. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/03/08/bianco-critics-corner-march-8/1970713/
- Facebook’s tabloid new look
Facebook is selling the new version of newsfeed under the catchline “Goodbye clutter”, insisting that it is about making the user experience better rather than boosting its advertising revenue. But if it works for users, it will make the social network more valuable for advertisers too.
Read the article, via BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21703823
- Facebook Revamps Newsfeed, Offers More Space For Content
Analysts predict that more space for photos will result in more space for advertising, even though a spokesperson said the filtered feeds would not feature ads in the first few months.“We wanted to clean up the page, declutter it, make it simpler, more modern and easier for people to use,” Chris Struhar, the project’s lead engineer, told the BBC.
Euronews launches news service with Twitter’s Vine app
Subscribers to the @euronews feed on Twitter now receive a video of the day’s headline story which is compiled by journalists from the international news channel.
- These 3 Deals Show How Twitter Could Steal Ad Dollars From TV
The difference between Twitter and Facebook, however, is that Twitter needs TV shows to generate topics for people to tweet about. Facebook, however, appears to be leaning toward becoming its own major video platform, like YouTube is, and doesn’t need the traditional TV industry to survive.
- YouTube videos giving TV a run
Buoyed by breakout successes such as Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” a kitschy Korean music video that has racked up nearly 1.4 billion views globally, YouTube has turned streaming into mainstreaming, and major marketers are clamoring to leverage the medium to promote their brands.
- NASCAR HQ’s Swanky Social Media Control Room
Check out that setup they’re swinging at the NASCAR headquarters’ social media control room. It’s mostly just a big matrix of monitors with a couple of touch screens to switch between live mentions of all the drivers, in case they want to go all DEFCON on NASCAR, but it’s really well put together and super attractive.
- Why attention wavered on the biggest night in TV, and how to engage viewers
The CBS TV network had no Super Bowl app, so it took 0% of the second screen app audience. Instead, it was pushing people to the web – yet another distraction from TV, and an even bigger mistake for a TV network.
- ESPN’s Jay Bilas: A social media butterfly who doesn’t follow anybody on Twitter
USA Today profiles the ESPN announcer and former Duke basketball star.
- Univision Continues Winning Streak and Ranks #4 or Higher for Fifth Consecutive Week among Adults 18-34 and 18-49
- Comcast Courts Hispanic Viewers With Florida Lineup
Comcast has announced the addition of as many as 32 Hispanic channels to its MultiLatino package in Florida, bringing the average number of Hispanic channels to 52 in the state.
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