One of the great things about having access to Sysomos MAP, a tool that allows you to perform unlimited searches and receive unlimited results about what’s happening in social media, is that on a whim you can look up what people are saying about any trending topic or just things that interest you. You could imagine that around the Sysomos offices we use this quite often, both for serious and fun topics.
Here’s a topic that we’re currently having some fun watching:
Last week on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, they ran a story about how Rupert Murdoch, the man behind News Corp and all their media holdings, wants to buy Time Warner. However, the deal would mean that Murdoch would have to sell off Time Warner’s channel CNN because he already owns another 24/7 news channel, Fox News. When Jon Stewart heard the news, he had a brilliant idea… to buy CNN. So, he decided to do what anyone with big dreams would do in our modern age; start a Kickstarter campaign to make the dream come true.
While the idea made for a funny joke on the show last week, The Daily Show has decided to run with it for a bit longer.
On Tuesday’s episode of The Daily Show, Stewart came to a realization about his lofty plans; if he owned CNN, he’d also have to program the channel with original shows that can run 24/7.
Admitting that he couldn’t come up with all the ideas by himself, he turned to the public for help. Stewart asked fans to help him come with some ideas, not just for programs, but also for new technology and slogans for CNN. He did so by asking fans to tweet their ideas using the hashtags #NewCNNshows, #NewCNNtech and #NewCNNslogans.
We’ve been watching these hashtags for fun and thought we’d share some of the “great” ideas that people have been offering by looking through some of the most retweeted ideas on each hashtag.
Since Tuesday night we’ve found the #NewCNNshows hashtag used in 1,249 tweets (with more new ones being added all the time). That’s about 17 new show ideas an hour. This is also the hashtag that has seen the most use so far.
Here’s a few of our favourites so far:
— Beer Esquire™ (@BrewStuds) July 30, 2014
— Vinney Embrey (@vinney19) July 30, 2014
The #NewCNNtech hashtag has been used the least with only 415 tweets so far, but has also produced some of the funniest ideas. (And apparently, people really like holograms)
Here’s some of our favourites so far:
— Ted Scheinman (@Ted_Scheinman) July 30, 2014
— GOPNewswire (@GOPNewswire) July 30, 2014
The hashtag #NewCNNslogans has been used 930 times so far. This one has produced some of the meanest tweets towards CNN so far, but some of them will really make you chuckle.
Here’s some of the funnier ones we found:
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) July 30, 2014
CNN – If It’s News, It’s News To Us #NewCNNSlogans
— Ed Emerson (@EdEmerson1) July 30, 2014
— Mara Pearsol (@maracita7) July 30, 2014
CNN: Because People Still Get Their News From TV Sometimes #NewCNNSlogans
— heathen (@heathen_king) July 30, 2014
And to our friends at CNN, we want you to know that we don’t have anything against you, we just think that Jon Stewart and The Daily Show are hilarious.