Twitter manipulation re: Richard Armitage is: tedious.

I’m excited about your film. I’d love to see what you have to say. I already follow you. If you’ve got something, share it and see your follow number grow. But don’t bait us. It’s tiresome.

~ by Servetus on June 25, 2015.

34 Responses to “Twitter manipulation re: Richard Armitage is: tedious.”

  1. WTF? Is this man silly? I don´t understand…

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  2. I want one million, don´t fuck, XDDDDD

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  3. LOL … he meant 10,500 new followers … ahem … somehow I just lost interest in Ellliot Lester period.

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  4. I did not like when Sarah Dunn did it re her RA pix and I do not care for it when Mr. Lester does it, either. I guess I can only take so much manipulation. My cats do it quite enough, thank you. 😉

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  5. it’s a kind of extortion. Totally wrong. He tweeted that he had an exclusive with RA to release on Friday earlier in the day, then tweeted this. If the deal was he’d only release it if he got more followers, he should have stated it in the original tweet. I am really not impressed by this at all, actually a little disgusted. I can wait for the exclusive. I don’t like feeling exploited. Some thought he was kidding. I didnt find it at all funny. I will be unfollowing him as soon as I get what I need from him. Two can play at that game. 😉 . Glad you thought it was a little tasteless too x

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    • As Angie mentioned above, we went through this with Sarah Dunn in 2013. Follow my FB page and I’ll give you some more pics. Then she proceeded to slam fans for editing her photos. Well, that was within her rights, but what did she think was going to happen with them?

      When I say that I appreciated how Peter Jackson dealt with this, this is the kind of thing I mean. PJ had something to give, he gave it, he didn’t ask for attention before hand, on the assumption that the product spoke for itself. I’m only marginally annoyed when Armitage baits fans, because he’s my crush — but it’s the kind of thing I only really want to put up with from a crush.

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  6. I agree. I was pretty put off too. Decided not to follow him. I’ll follow him if he says something interesting.

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  7. To me it’s not manipulative, it’s business. These people are running a business. The entertainment business is a business. They do it because they love it, but they also have to make money at it…to do the project, to make payroll, to pay the publicist, on and on and on. And WE are the money. So I do not begrudge anyone boosting their twitter followers. The more you have, the more the suits will hire you for the job, distribute your project, etc….and that is good for us in the end if we enjoy that particular artist or director or what have you. And that is why it doesn’t bother me one way or another. And as lily218 says regarding dropping Lester when she gets what she wants from him….I am sure that already is done; it’s mutual give and take for self gratification, no? I highly doubt, if it is something that is going to happen on twitter tomorrow, that RA or Lester are going to take time out from a busy day to do something if a certain number of people aren’t there to see or participate. What would be the point? Just because they are nice guys? That’s my take on it.

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    • My point is that there are ways to boost a business, and this is one of the most manipulative possible ways. I don’t begrudge Lester anything he does. But if it’s my money that’s being spent, I have to right to say I don’t like the marketing strategy and in fact that the marketing strategy turns me off the project, which is information that any marketer might want to know before they pursue it and certainly after it.

      See my remark about Jackson.

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      • Fair enough, but PJ has a whole lot of resources and $, Lester seems to be pretty small potatoes and pretty much unheard of before Nightengale…and still not that widely known. So PJ can afford on a few levels to be magnanimous. I don’t know why Lester would need 150 more twitter followers, maybe there is a reason for it. I can’t see why he would ask that unless there was some reason other than 150 followers would boost his ego…it seems like such a measely # ! I do tend to give people the benefit of the doubt, usually to my own detriment I have to admit (I am constantly being manipulated I confess).

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        • Why should I give a businessman the benefit of the doubt? When it’s his job to take money out of my pocket?

          Students? Yeah, they get the benefit of the doubt. Beggars, if I’m feeling flush. Friends, family members, coworkers. Total strangers who want me to spend money?

          Like I said — give me something and I’ll be happy to spread it all over the place if I think it is worthwhile. I should devote my rapt attention to you before you’ve even said anything? Not even teachers can operate on that basis anymore.

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        • Also, tweeting you need 150 more twitter followers is kind of lame … you are tweeting to people who are already following you, aren’t you. It’s just all kind of pointless and strange to me. I am just hoping that whatever it is will happen tomorrow just so we get a little more insight into what this movie is about. They have managed to keep it pretty under wraps so far.

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        • I think Elliott has done himself a disservice in taking this approach, what ever the reasons, and I think it will come back to bite him in the bum. I think there are surely ethical ways to be business people that are as successful?

          Interesting discussions! 🙂 x

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  8. Agreed. I really detest feeling manipulated. By anyone/anything.
    I wonder what percentage of fans had an immediate negative reaction to this. Or does this not even stir a blip of distaste for those who’ve spent most of their lives in social media and/or fanships?

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    • I think it is probably highly contingent on whether you thought he was joking.

      That said — what’s he going to do if he doesn’t get 150 followers? Sit on whatever it is? That’s not going to do him any favors, either. If you don’t do what I want, Armitage fans, I’m not going to advertise my product? Somehow I doubt that will be the result.

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  9. The original comment was followed by two others:

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    Could someone please explain to him how twitter works?
    The result is about 14 new followers in the last 2 hours 😉

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    • I saw that.

      I don’t think many people are seeing it. He should probably tag Armitage in the tweet somehow if he wants Armitage’s fans to respond.

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      • Yeah, otherwise he is going to be seriously disappointed.

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        • If he wants to get 10k followers in 24 hours, he needs to be Richard Armitage, not just put him in a film, lol

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          • LOL! Love that. Seriously, though. I am with you. Don’t manipulate / exploit me. I’ve studied this a lot (I am professional communicator and a geek) and the key to success in social media is authenticity. This doesn’t cut it, unless your authentic self is to whine at people to give you stuff.

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            • And I think it’s very hard for most of us to envision that as an authentic self for an adult (even if it were true). My reaction is, “no adult would actually do this voluntarily.”

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        • Lol. I feel kind of sad for him now.

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  10. IMO this is too blunt to call it manipulation.

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