Merle’s getting into the holiday spirit!
I love our little robot.Source: robotmerle
The Day of the Doctor on Tumblr: The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special
Tumblr is made for fandoms (Tumblr + Fandom = OTP, if you will) and if last weekend’s Tumblr activity around the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who is any indication, the Doctor Who fandom is the biggest of them all.
On Saturday, November 23rd - the day the 50th anniversary special aired - 1 million people shared 5 million posts on Tumblr. Those posts earned another 3.1 million likes that day.
With a whole host of activities organized around the anniversary, Doctor Who fans had plenty to keep them busy. That includes the airing of the episode and special events - both online and in-person - throughout the weekend. Over the three-day anniversary celebration, more than 10.6 million total posts from 2 million people were shared on Tumblr, and another 1.4 million tweets (from more than 500k people) were posted to Twitter. This is huge engagement from a very active fan base.
The most popular Doctor Who fan post from the weekend has already earned 143k notes, while the most popular post from the official Doctor Who blog has earned 142k notes. The official Doctor Who blog knows, loves, and fully embraces its fandom. The gif in their top post is from the 50th anniversary special and celebrates very poignantly and simply the last fifty years of the show, while the fan post reflects how deeply connected many of the fans feel with the show, regardless of their age (and therefore the number of years they’ve had to become involved with it).
Over on Twitter, the most popular Doctor Who tweet over the weekend was from the official @BBCDoctorWho Twitter account, and featured a still image from the anniversary special of the new Doctor’s eyes. It has earned well over 6,000 retweets so far.
For Tumblr, these are the biggest numbers we’ve seen so far for a televised event. In comparison, the MTV Video Music Awards - previously the largest event - earned 2.1 million posts from 1.1 million contributors in a day, and the Super Bowl saw 1.5 million posts from 1.1 million people.
These numbers show us yet again that Tumblr is the place to go for a deep dive into a fandom for a show you love. Only on Tumblr would Doctor Who outperform the Super Bowl, and we love it for that very reason. That is, in the words of Nine, “Fantastic!”
And the answer came back in a single sentence:
Because of you, Saturday, November 23, 2013, The Day of The Doctor, was the biggest television event they’d ever seen on Tumblr.
5.0 million posts
3.1 million likes
1.0 million contributors
It was bigger than the VMAs, the Super Bowl, and the Grammys…
We’ve always said that the Doctor Who fandom on Tumblr was bigger on the inside. Now we all have a better idea of just how big that inside is.
And what’s amazing is we’re still growing.
(via kenyatta)Source: doctorwho
Brands on Tumblr: Which brands are fans talking about on Tumblr?
There have been several lists of top brands on Tumblr published lately, but they all focus on which brand blogs are performing the best or generating the most engagement on the platform. At Union Metrics, we thought it would be interesting to delve a little deeper and see which brands people on Tumblr actually talk about, regardless of whether or not those brands are participating (yet!) on the platform with their own blogs.
We looked at Interbrand’s list of the top 100 global brands to find the top ten brands on Tumblr. This list is ranked by total conversational activity for one month on Tumblr, which includes any public mention of a brand in any post or tag, from any blog on Tumblr. In addition to the ten brands listed in the leaderboard, Yahoo!, Adidas, Amazon, Coca-Cola and H&M rounded out the top 15.
In general, the conversation about brands on Tumblr is huge. Disney is by far the most popular brand on Tumblr, seeing more overall activity and stronger engagement than any other brand - nearly two times more. Some of the other most-talked about brands are somewhat surprising, like Facebook and McDonald’s, while we expected to see brands like Apple and Nike show up in the list.
Interestingly, only a few of these brands actually have and post to their own official Tumblr blogs (including Disney, Nike, MTV, and Target), so for most of these on the list, this conversation is purely organic and driven by fans of the brand. In the month of data analyzed, none of the top posts about any brand originated from the brand; the top ten posts about each brand were created by fans.
Fandoms thrive on Tumblr. This holds true for brands just as it does for TV shows and movies. The kinds of content that people share on Tumblr about their favorite brands include all kinds of fan art, as well as pictures of the products they’ve bought and how they’re using them. For example, a great deal of the Tumblr conversation about Starbucks involves customers posting pictures of their coffee beverages. Tumblr is a rich and active community, with millions of fans talking about their favorite brands every month.
Check Out the Top 10 Brands on Tumblr: Disney and Facebook generate lots of buzz | By Christopher Heine For AdWeek
Creepy Vintage Halloween Photographs
These wonderfully creepy images of Halloween’s past come from the book, Haunted Air. The book features dozens of anonymous vintage Halloween photos dating between 1875 and 1955. The photos in the book come from the personal collection of Ossian Brown, a British musician and artist. Even more surprising is that the book’s introduction was written by David Lynch. It’s a shame that people rarely wear homemade costumes anymore because they truly are much creepier than a packaged costume from Walmart. It’s time to break out an old sheet and start designing.