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'American Idol' Sets Social TV Records. Back in the old days, i.e., PF&T (pre-Facebook and Twitter), American Idol fans were still social.

'American Idol' Sets Social TV Records

Yet instead of status updates and tweets, they did what they could with “the technology of those times,” explained Don Wilcox, Fox’s vp and gm of branded entertainment. That is, if you wanted to debate Justin vs. Kelly, you’d log onto message boards on AmericanIdol.com or, shudder, MySpace “before the exodus,” Wilcox joked. Now, in this social TV era, the aging Idol franchise appears to have pivoted brilliantly. According to the social analytics firm Bluefin Labs, Idol—which wrapped season 11 last night—generated 5,956,134 total social comments, an all-time record in this medium’s short history. How FOX is the most social TV network. On the eve of Fox’s annual upfront, we spoke with David Wetheimer, the president of digital for Fox, who was also featured in a recent USA Today social TV story.

How FOX is the most social TV network

The past year has been a defining one for the network’s social TV efforts. Partnering with Twitter for DM-based voting for X Factor and launching “Touch,” the first ever global social launch were just among their many innovations. According to Bluefin Labs (for data between 9/19-11 and 5/6/12), Fox is the leading social TV network in the US with the most amount of “total social comments (among any TV network; cable/premium cable or broadcast)” and has the most number of “total unique social authors (among any TV network; cable/premium cable or broadcast)”. Trendrr data shows much of the same.

Which new NBC shows will be a hit? Twitter breaks into TV dollars with ESPN deal. At ESPN’s upfront presentation today, the sports network announced a strategic relationship with Twitter to co-produce unique social experiences around larger sports events.

Twitter breaks into TV dollars with ESPN deal

Advertisers will be able to buy into both ESPN’s properties and the Twitter components in a single integrated buy: the first time Twitter has cut such a deal with a network around major events. The first event gets underway shortly with the NBA Finals: fans will be encouraged — via ESPN and ABC promotion — to tweet photos of their best “game face” with the #gameface hashtag. At the end of each game, NBA Tonight will reveal the best photographs on-air and feature them in a gallery on ESPN.com. 20-somethings switch between media 27 times an hour. Mediabistro Event The TVNewser Show, coming to NYC on April 29, will explore the relationship between social platforms and TV through informative panels and discussions with industry experts like Jeff Misenti, Chief Digital Officer for Fox News Channel & Fox Business Network.

20-somethings switch between media 27 times an hour

Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other professionals at the event's media job fair. Register before midnight on April 9 to save $150! How Oprah is Revolutionizing Social TV in Real-Time. Oprah may have retired from her daytime talk show nearly a year ago, but she's hardly out of sight from her fan base.

How Oprah is Revolutionizing Social TV in Real-Time

In fact, her latest series airing on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is perhaps one of the most advanced shows in the social space right now, as she connects with her home and live audience in almost unprecedented ways. Oprah's Lifeclass — which is currently in its second season, airing on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. 3 Things Advertisers Can Expect from Social TV in 2012.

The line between television and mobile Web is getting blurry, which the industry experts at yesterday’s NBCUniversal SocialTV Symposium said is great for ratings.

3 Things Advertisers Can Expect from Social TV in 2012

“People are watching over an hour more of television than in past years,” said Stacey Shepatin, SVP, director of national broadcast at Hill Holiday. It looks like social TV is here to stay. Here’s what this means for advertisers. SocialGuide Launches Twitter-Monitoring Social TV Dashboard. Social TV has been blowing up over the past couple of years, but there has been no really great way for networks to monitor the social media buzz surrounding their networks, series, and episodes…until now.

SocialGuide Launches Twitter-Monitoring Social TV Dashboard

Earlier this month, social TV content and data solutions company SocialGuide launched SocialGuide Intelligence—a social TV data analytics engagement platform that taps into Twitter to give networks the big picture when it comes to how fans are engaging with their content. If you’re familiar with SocialGuide’s free social TV ratings, SocialGuide Intelligence (SGI) is like those ratings on steroids. The service is described on the SocialGuide blog: SGI delivers daily, weekly, and monthly social TV reports for every program aired across 215 of the most popular US broadcast and cable television channels. We also provide the most comprehensive social TV ratings across these 215 channels, measuring the social activity for every program type and every program air.

Publications Social TV's Evolution Ushers In New Era Of Content Creation 03/20. Stripping away all the buzz and technology, at its core social media is just another way to tell a story and simultaneously grow your audience base and drive ratings.

Publications Social TV's Evolution Ushers In New Era Of Content Creation 03/20

At MTV, we’ve been hyper-focused in growing our social ecosystem and exploring new ways to create quality experiences on these platforms. The hard work and investment appears to be paying off -- we’ve grown our social graph to nearly 100 million Facebooks likes and close to 5 million Twitter followers, as well as ranking as the No. 1 TV brand on many other platforms, such as Foursquare, Tumblr and Instagram. In addition to reach, our fans are deeply engaged and highly active with us on these social platforms. Social TV highlights and takeaways from SXSW. Both Natan and I enjoyed a few days in Austin for SXSW Interactive this week, navigating even longer lines than last year, dodging the occasional rainstorm and searching for 3G service that actually worked.

Social TV highlights and takeaways from SXSW

As we previewed, there were over a dozen social TV events and sessions, and we saw many more TV folks compared to last year. Here are some SXSW highlights, and we asked several social TV execs who attended for their biggest takeway from the annual event: - Of all the TV-related sessions, the most entertaining featured Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain and the No Reservations team. A Sampling of Social TV Apps | From Search to Screen Blog. The Current Landscape of Social TV Apps | From Search to Screen Blog. Study Shows Correlation Between Social Buzz and TV Ratings. A major undercurrent of the 2011 Fall TV season is the increasing role that social and digital media have on how consumers consume, discover and discuss TV shows.

Study Shows Correlation Between Social Buzz and TV Ratings

A longstanding question in the social TV space, however, is what impact social media buzz has on traditional television ratings. NM Incite, a Nielsen/McKinsey Company, worked with Nielsen to try to better answer that question. In the study, NM Incite and Nielsen were able to find a statistically significant relationship that shows a correlation between online buzz and TV ratings. Google Could Be Planning to Completely Disrupt the TV Business [REPORT] Google, enormously successful in online advertising, might be casting an envious eye toward the $150 billion-per-year pay television market. Such a venture has the potential to turn today's business of television advertising and distribution upside down.

The company's already announced plans to build a fiber-optic high-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan., and according to The Wall Street Journal [subscription required], now Google might be thinking about ways to expand that into pay video and telephone services. Social TV. Relying on relationships to rebuild TV audiences. Marie-José Montpetit (MIT) Social TV could improve the viewing experience and provide new business opportunities for carriers OTHERS WORKING ON SOCIAL TV BT, London, England ClipSync, San Francisco, CA Intel, Santa Clara, CA Motorola, Schaumburg, IL This article is part of an annual list of what we believe are the 10 most important emerging technologies. See the full list here. Login.

Social TV ads bringing in millions, says TVGuide.com. LocalResponse Buys Social TV Advertising And Check-In Platform Philo. Local Response, a recently launched social advertising platform that allows local businesses to respond to the “check-in” with marketing campaigns, is making its first acquisition today. The startup (formerly Buzzd) is acquiring Philo, a social TV check-in and advertising platform backed by North Bridge Venture Partners, DFJ Gotham, Eniac Ventures, and others. Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but we are told the transaction is all stock.

Similar to Miso and GetGlue, Philo operated a social check-in service for television shows. Using Philo, users could have a second screen experience with TV content by being able to see who else is watching show, access rewards for watching shows and checking in, and more. Where the NBA lives on TV when there’s no NBA season.