August 13, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
Simon Cowell’s new gig as one of the judges (and executive producers) of the U.S. version of his hit British TV show “X Factor” means that his reputation as the “King of Mean” judges on “American Idol” might not suit him so well. The New York Daily News reports that many observers are suggesting that Cowell has turned to search engine optimization tactics such as negative suppression to turn around his public persona.
Judges on “X Factor” mentor certain performers and help them gain favor with the voting audience. This means that Cowell will want people at home to like him in order to get behind the acts he is mentoring. One way that Cowell might be doing this is to push negative articles about him on online sites down in search engine results while promoting articles that feature him in a positive light.
Although his spokesperson denies that this is happening, several experts believe that an SEO firm like Reputation Management Consultants – which has a strong UK presence – could be behind the sudden rise of positive Simon Cowell webpages as Web site results.
Former Universal Music and EMI executive and blogger Hans Ebert has also accused SEO firms working on behalf of Cowell of doing more sinister activities. A blog post he made that was critical of Cowell’s stint on “American Idol” was pulled for 12 hours after WordPress received a complaint that it violated its Terms of Service. The blog was restored and Ebert traced the source of the problems to a firm in Bangladesh which has been hired by a London SEO firm in the past to monitor Web activities relating to certain celebrities.
March 5, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
“American Idol” producers have pulled the plug on individual contestant Twitter and Facebook pages. According to the Los Angeles Times, they have all been consolidated into one shared social media page used by all of the contestants.
Followers of individual contestants on Twitter received the following message on Wednesday night as the switch happened: “Thanks so much for following me! All my updates from now on will be on our Official Ai9 Twitter Page, please follow me there @AI9Contestants” A similar message directed Facebook fans of contestants to the AI9 Contestants fan page on that site.
The report speculated that producers made the switch because the discrepancy between the number of friends and fans on social media sites was giving an obvious clue as to the popularity of certain contestants and might have been an influence in voting.
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December 16, 2009 by admin · Comments Off
Twitter has released its 2009 Top Trending Topics list, revealing the most popular topics and issues that captured the world’s attention over the past year. Coming in as the most prevalent topic among all keywords, hashtags and phrases were the Iranian elections. The terms “#iranelection,” “Iran” and “Tehran” were all in the top 21 Trending Topics with “#iranelection” finishing second behind the regular weekly winner “#musicmonday.”
In messages of 140 characters or less, the top three people most tweeted about in 2009 were Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle and Adam Lambert. Other people that made the top ten list included Chris Brown, Tiger Woods and Christian Bale. Within the movie category, “Harry Potter,” “New Moon” and “District 9″ made the top three spots. Other movies that made the top ten list included “Star Trek,” “Paranormal Activity” and “Slumdog Millionaire.” The most popular technology topic in 2009 was the Google Wave, while the hottest TV topic was “American Idol.”