The launch of our brand new web show The Social Life was a huge success. Hundreds of people showed up. Speeches went well. Everyone was so supportive of the show. Lots of sponsorship opportunities. People coming up to me asking for my photograph, and asking me to come on their show as a guest. Shortland Street stars, and The Almighty Johnsons came.
…OK, I’ve had my moment.
It was incredibly overwhelming to see so many people come out in support of Social Media NZ and The Social Life, and get excited by what we’re doing on the web. The turn out is good for the show, of course, but it’s also good for anyone who is working in this space. Web video is not a weird thing that people do in their basements, but firmly in the mainstream.
I have to thank all the people online who are connected to us on Twitter and Facebook, our followers and friends. We couldn’t have done it without you, always sharing and commenting on our content. You have been with us from the beginning, and we thank you for continuing to demand and support local, digital content.
For us, we want to show the world that here in New Zealand we can create a show with equal if not better production value AND a point of difference. So on behalf of everybody at Social Media NZ, I want to say a big THANK YOU to you all for the love and support.
John Lai, the editor of Social Media NZ asked me to write about this year’s Oscars from a social media perspective. Immediately after the ceremony, I wrote a 1000-word essay on how the Oscars failed spectacularly.
After what is being described as the most embarrassing awards show ever, I truly believe that years from now people will STILL refer to The Social Network as The Film That Should’ve Won.
John and his editing staff later transformed my 1000-word vomit into three digestible articles. I’ve posted links to all three articles here. If you could post a comment on whichever you find the most interesting, I would sincerely appreciate it.