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  1. Hi all! Many of you probably don't remember me, but some of you who have been here for a long time will. I haven't been around for a while, but I still have a close group of MFC friends who I talk with regularly on Twitter, MSN and email. I wrote them an email this morning... some ramblings about Twitter that I just woke up thinking about for some reason. We've been having some back-and forth discussion about it, and they've encouraged me to come back and post it here. Keep in mind this was meant as an email between a few friends, and I've said a few things you may not agree with. That's perfectly fine... the reason I'm posting it here is because I'm hoping it will spark some interesting debate. Please feel free to discuss (and disagree if you wish!). I hope everyone's well, All the best, Zoots xx The email: For some reason it just really struck me this morning just how much of an impact Twitter has had on the celebrity-fan relationship in the past 2 years. I think maybe it was the Katy-Calvin dirty laundry thing that did it for me. It's really been a massive shift in the way the world of celebrity works. It's the great equalizer. It has completely leveled the playing field... Every celebrity has the same chance, the same 140 characters, the same formatting, the same rules of communication, and it's up to them to use it or not, to use it well or not, and to use it often or not. They can tweet by themselves or can have staff tweet for them (make it personal or not). They can tweet about random personal things, work related things, keep it at the level of simple news/tour updates, or just say good morning a la George Michael. It's up to them. They'll benefit from it in exact proportion to what they put into it. I think a lot of them resisted at the beginning because of the nature of it. Like a conversation with a friendly coworker - sometimes you can get a bit too comfortable and say too much & then regret it later, but what you've said is already out there. When you have zillions of followers (or just those 1000 core fan followers), every tweet has weight. Every tweet is open to interpretation and scrutiny, and that's scary when your reputation is your career. Your words have the potential to be misinterpreted & misconstrued, retweeted with comments that might be negative, etc. That's always the case with celebrities, but now they have a platform that's more direct (unfiltered by publicists), much more casual, and with more frequent interaction. It's easy to get lulled into letting your guard down and saying things you might regret a bit the next day, whether it's drunk tweeting or airing dirty laundry when you're angry. Everyone sees everything and often your tweets are published in the rag mags the next day if they're noteworthy. In the end though, I think the majority have realized that it's an incredible and historical new level of connection, personalization and communication with your fan base. It makes the most untouchable celebrity seem accessible. It gives the struggling up-and-comer the opportunity to reach thousands of new people who otherwise wouldn't have heard of them. It encourages word-of-mouth in an unprecedented way. It gives ALL of them, regardless of status, the chance to show their personality. Or to not show it. You can be charming and friendly and interactive if you have that in you. You can put tons of effort into it and word of mouth will spread - like Sam Beeton & Imogen Heap, perfect examples. You can be friendly yet professional - I think Jimmy & Imma have done a phenomenal job of this... they've really embraced it and endeared themselves to us via Twitter. You can be inconsistent and confuse your fanbase - Mika. You can be goofy and win back public opinion - George Michael. You can let it all hang out and not give a hoot what people think of your tweets - Katy & Calvin. You can have verbal diarrhea and people will write songs just to mock your tweets - Kanye. I think most of the ones who recognize the opportunity are already on Twitter... anyone who jumps on now (if they're not a new star) is probably just being pushed there by their managers because it's "the thing to do". The ones who have been on for a while are still figuring out their balance. Others just don't care and have an "I am what I am, take it or leave it" attitude... I like those. It's open & sincere which is appealing even if they make some blunders. The ones who hold back a bit more to maintain professionalism can still be very appealing as long as they're somewhat consistent and/or interesting. To me, Mika has been communicating like the boyfriend who might be breaking up with you... you're not quite sure. Sometimes he calls, sometimes he doesn't. Sometimes he says things that you're sure have a double meaning or that are so vague that you know he's not telling you something. He throws you a bone every once in a while and you're all happy again, convincing yourself it's just like it used to be. He knows he has you on a string and he knows how to pull those strings just enough to keep you around. You're not his main priority anymore. On the positive side he was on Twitter relatively early and has tweeted a lot, although sporadically. He has experimented with Twitter's potential with things like the secret Roxy gig. He tweets by himself, not through Team Mika. He doesn't edit in terms of running it past a publicist first - which I think is great - so we see all his spelling mistakes & drunk tweets. That's more authentic and personal. I love it when he really interacts with us and when he actually keeps us updated on what he's up to. What I don't like is when he either tweets some useless two words to keep us satisfied (which works for a certain segment of the fan base, sure). Or when he vaguely says "oh I'm working so hard on my new album, I'm hiding away from everything to work so hard for you, my fans". That's obviously a load of fluff if he then disppears from us but we find all sorts of other random people around the world tweeting that they've just hung out with him or seen him doing such and such. That only serves to make us feel like it's us, his fans, that he's 'hiding' from... not hiding away in the studio making a new album. It was so much nicer last time around when we had those lovely semi-regular blogs & vlogs to fill the gap. Even his old bare-bones blog site was much better (on WordPress I think?)... the MikaSounds site is not user friendly and is left unattended to whither away. His original vision of it is long gone and he needs to understand that content is king - not gimmicks. Given all of that, he should really be using Twitter more effectively to keep himself in our hearts until he revamps the site. The great thing about Mika's twitter style is one and the same as the downside of Mika's twitter style... we see his personality, the good along with the bad. I really wish he'd wise up and realize that if he wants longevity he needs to nourish his fan base in a more effective way. He's always been creative, well-intentioned and wanting to give his all to his fans, we know that, but the follow-through is really lacking. Even in the Magic Numbers gig it looked like he couldn't get out of there fast enough after. Wasn't there supposed to be a champagne reception with him (ie not just amongst the fans themselves before he got there?) When he comes on Twitter and takes a passive-agressive shot like "Twitter bitter" and then runs away because we didn't like his clown picture, he's acting like a child who's saying "Humph! Fine! I'm not playing with you any more!" - and he's not even saying it directly, he's hiding behind a vague response! He's missing the opportunity to reevaluate what's working or not working in terms of his interaction & communication with his fans. I'm not trying to blindly or randomly criticize him here... I'm saying he has a massive opportunity to evolve and grow right now as an artist who, let's face it, wants and needs his fans. We all still love him and he's done some incredible things, but if he opens his eyes and sees the opportunities here he could really take it to the next level. He needs to stop focusing on gimmicks, homemade costumes and abundance of props, and get back to basics. Keep it simple. He's got a voice of gold and great songwriting skills. He needs to get back to the core of it, what really matters, and the rest will fall into place. But I'm getting off track... I give him a grade of C- on his use of Twitter as a tool for cultivating his artist-fan relationships. Thoughts? Anyway guys... sorry for the loooong and rambling email! I don't know what got into me! Talk to ya soon.
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  3. Oops, I haven't been here in a little while and I saw the "other" thread first... so I'll just paste what I wrote there, since we're talking about it here... Wow... I haven't been on MFC in a long time! How exciting that we can finally talk about this... although I'm pretty proud of us that we respected his request to keep it quiet for over a month, until after he actually told a journalist about it himself. It wasn't something we expected to happen - it was just luck, chance, fate, whatever... but it happened - and when he asked us to please keep it quiet we had to respect that. I had a hellova time. Especially when he asked me himself if I would be a Big Girl dancer... and I said "thanks but no thanks"! He had to spend 5 minutes batting his Bambi eyes trying to convince me - and then I said "maybe"!! What the heck was I thinking? It was an incredible experience - so glad I did it. I was shaking when I went back over to our little group who were at the stage watching the band rehearse... and my dear friends convinced me I had to do it. (Thank you!) As Sara & Christine said, when they were rehearsing Love Today he brought me up on stage with him and practiced the BG dancing with me. It was soooo surreal... and I kept looking down at Christine, Sara, Mana, Bab, Suzy and Ryan, standing at the front of the stage and cheering like it was the real concert. And btw - I almost fell off that little catwalk platform that's behind Cherrisse, and Mika caught me! I think my other favourite part was when he was sitting beside me on the floor at one point while we were painting the planets, and he said to me "I f'ked this one up. Can you fix it for me?" Ha! I don't know - something about that seemed really great to me... I think just that it was all so laid back and casual. Really a lovely day. Awww... thank you Christine! Yes - I really hope people don't get the wrong idea about this. It was purely coincidental, and I don't expect to ever be so lucky again. They were tired, and they would have had to stay up all night long painting the set themselves - they just needed some extra hands and we happened to bump into them at the exact right time. OMG you should have seen your face when you saw the chicken feet!! Exactly. The whole thing was just the stars aligning for us perfectly... not anything you can win or make happen... just something we can be thankful for and keep as a great memory.
  4. You know what's funny... at the very beginning, when Mika & Yasmine were showing us the brushes, I went for the sponge - and Yasmine stopped me. She said Mika wanted to use that one for the larger planets so she had to save it for him. That made it even funnier when he was sitting beside me using it, and I could see that it wasn't working! When he asked me to fix it I said "don't worry, you didn't feck it up, you just made a good base".
  5. Wow... I haven't been on MFC in a long time! How exciting that we can finally talk about this... although I'm pretty proud of us that we respected his request to keep it quiet for over a month, until after he actually told a journalist about it himself. It wasn't something we expected to happen - it was just luck, chance, fate, whatever... but it happened - and when he asked us to please keep it quiet we had to respect that. I had a hellova time. Especially when he asked me himself if I would be a Big Girl dancer... and I said "thanks but no thanks"! He had to spend 5 minutes batting his Bambi eyes trying to convince me - and then I said "maybe"!! What the heck was I thinking? It was an incredible experience - so glad I did it. I was shaking when I went back over to our little group who were at the stage watching the band rehearse... and my dear friends convinced me I had to do it. (Thank you!) As Sara & Christine said, when they were rehearsing Love Today he brought me up on stage with him and practiced the BG dancing with me. It was soooo surreal... and I kept looking down at Christine, Sara, Mana, Bab, Suzy and Ryan, standing at the front of the stage and cheering like it was the real concert. And btw - I almost fell off that little catwalk platform that's behind Cherrisse, and Mika caught me! I think my other favourite part was when he was sitting beside me on the floor at one point while we were painting the planets, and he said to me "I f'ked this one up. Can you fix it for me?" Ha! I don't know - something about that seemed really great to me... I think just that it was all so laid back and casual. Really a lovely day. Awww... thank you Christine! Yes - I really hope people don't get the wrong idea about this. It was purely coincidental, and I don't expect to ever be so lucky again. They were tired, and they would have had to stay up all night long painting the set themselves - they just needed some extra hands and we happened to bump into them at the exact right time. OMG you should have seen your face when you saw the chicken feet!! Exactly. The whole thing was just the stars aligning for us perfectly... not anything you can win or make happen... just something we can be thankful for and keep as a great memory.
  6. I'm so happy for you that he's coming to Japan, but I feel your pain about the presale!! Is it general admission or seated? Can you buy a ticket to something else on that site to become a member? Extra $ and not fair, but if it gives you the peace of mind...
  7. Coming from a Torontonian, I'll tell you it IS quite cold in Toronto today, for October. If it were December I'd say it was lovely out. This show is going to be SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. I've got butterflies waiting for it. I get the sense it's going to have kind of an epic feeling to it. SO GLAD that Mika is back on tour!!!!
  8. It's cold. But it may not rain as much as they were predicting last week. There's a covered part in front of the venue anyway - but it's cold.
  9. Today is going to be insane! I'm so curious what the queue will be like this time, and this 1955 space theme sounds epic. I bet it's going to be amazing. It's going to feel like a long day of waiting and somehow really fast at the same time I suspect! I'm SOOO glad I have my Decadents here... it makes the whole gig experience a thousand times better, and it's pretty damn good to begin with!
  10. Absolutely true, even the morning of! The Weather Network somehow manages to get it wrong every time. You'll look out your window and see sunshine and rainbows, and go online and see "current weather: thunderstorms". It's supposed to be rainy and below seasonal all week, so I'm thinking we'll be all rained out and have some nice sunshine on Monday.
  11. Ain't got no time, ain't got no dog, ain't got no life outside of work but I GOT MY CHICKET!
  12. WHAT? Wait a second... thats in like TWO WEEKS now! How did it get here so quickly?! ZOMG! I can't believe it. TWO WEEEKSSSSS!
  13. Thanks Sara. Exactly - being disappointed is natural. I'm disappointed too. But to me it's about having manners and recognizing that he doesn't have to do this for anyone (regardless of what his motivations are for doing it)... Of course those of us who can't go are disappointed, but I just think people are forgetting that he's a human being too and if you count yourself as a fan it would be nice to treat him with a little respect and common courtesy. Talking to each other about our disappoint him is one thing - what bothers me is when people take it directly to him. On Twitter, MySpace, Mikasounds... begging him and whining to him... he may not read it all, but he'll glance at it and get the gist... and I think it's rude. He can't possibly do it all, and he doesn't have to do any of it, so why moan directly to him? I dunno - that's my view - whether I'm in the minority there or not.