Regular readers of our blog have probably noticed a theme; we take current real world events and issues and and apply marketing theory/analysis to them. We try to keep it fun and eschew topics of politics and death, but a recent loss has brought up a very interesting question:
Why are more that 100 NEW people PER HOUR on Twitter following the recently deceased DJ AM?
Twitter’s slogan is “see what people are doing right now.” So what are these thousands of new people who are now following the late DJ AM looking for “right now?”
Understanding consumer psychology is the first step for us marketing professionals when crafting an outreach strategy. The second step for us is to leverage the media (public relations) and modern technologies (twitter, facebook, etc) to reach our desired audience. Now however, there appears to be a shift in the paradigm; it seems that these modern technologies have superseded consumer psychology, and it’s the technology itself that we need to fully wrap our arms around.
More importantly, can Twitter be used as a medium for identifying people in trouble?
Did any single one of the more than 115 THOUSAND followers of DJ AM see his last living tweet as a cry for help?
Based on his last tweet (featured above) in relation to his previous tweets; it seemed like a plea to me.
As children, we all had “imaginary friends” that we’d talk to – now we have what can be considered the equivalent – we have twitter accounts with “followers” that we tweet to. I feel that people are using these new mediums as a way to communicate otherwise hard topics to their “followers” just as we did to our imaginary friends when we were adolescents. It’s as if modern technology has made traditional communication so informal that people are sending out smoke signals of distress via tweets. Maybe I’m over-thinking it, but I will go on record and guarantee this is not the last time we will hear about somebody using convenient technology to express something that is far from convenient.
I’mÂ not a psychologist, I’m a publicist who toes the line of a self proclaimed journalist, so I’m not going to dig up theories to back this logic (to be honest, I don’t think they exist, yet). I do however look forward to the journalist and their respective publication that that veers away from the traditional Wall Street Journal article on how to increase your bottom line by using Twitter, and instead explores the notion of people using Social Media as cry for help, and on those people that continue to “follow” them when it’s unfortunately too late.
Adam Goldstein (DJ AM) was a very good friend of some of my best friends; our deepest love and respect goes out to him and his family.
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