Fans of the show, “American Idol,” are used to voting for their favorite Idol contestant using the toll free number and fans, that are also AT&T wireless customers, can vote via unlimited text messages (during the allotted voting time-frame). Although these systems have worked in getting votes; what ever happened to those fans who would prefer to vote online? Somehow they were over-looked, until now.
The relatively tedious awards show, the Oscars, has taken a different route this year; it seems they have decided to “come into the times”. By adding these new and unpredictable hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, it appears the Oscars hope to connect with their audience and by incorporating Social Media, it may do just that.
Google Social Search was launched in 2009 as a way for us to stay connected with our social circle, while searching on Google. Social Search combined regular search results with friends activities on social sites. Some of the results included, friends photos or blog posts and would show at the bottom of the search results (this appeared only if friends connected their Twitter, Flickr, and other social media sites to their Google profile).