The Next Web: Google is letting celebs speak directly to fans via search results. “Google is going to allow sports teams and celebs to ‘Post’ status updates directly into search results. The company today announced it’s opening Posts up to organizations. Specifically, it’s including ‘museums, sports teams, sports leagues, movies’ and in Brazil: musicians.” What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
The Smithsonian has started a project to digitize the joke cards of Phyllis Diller. I did a bunch yesterday; I am a big Diller fan. “Phyllis Diller’s groundbreaking career as a stand-up comic spanned almost 50 years. Throughout her career she used a gag file to organize her material. Diller’s gag file consists of a steel cabinet with 48 drawers (along with a 3 drawer expansion) containing over 52,000 3-by-5 inch index cards, each holding a typewritten joke or gag. These index cards are organized alphabetically by subject, ranging from accessories to world affairs and covering almost everything in between.”
The Smithsonian has started a new project to crowdsource the transcription of Apollo Theater cards. ” To manage the Theater, the Schiffmans kept a number of different types of records, including ‘booking cards,’ organized by the name of the artist, which detail the dates of performances; fees paid; and brief, but often quite candid, opinions on the quality of the performances, the performers and their drawing power (or lack of it). These helped the Schiffmans to determine future bookings and contracts.” This project just launched and already has 22 contributors!
University of Georgia: UGA researcher studies celebrities’ Twitter influence on brand marketing. “Celebrities with a high number of Twitter followers and who are perceived positively in the public eye have the potential to be credible and influential brand endorsers, according to research by Joe Phua, an assistant professor of advertising in the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Phua’s study, ‘Following Celebrities’ Tweets about Brands: The Impact of Twitter-Based Electronic Word-of-Mouth on Consumers’ Source Credibility Perception, Buying Intention, and Social Identification with Celebrities,’ was published in the latest edition of the Journal of Advertising. It is co-authored by Seung-A Annie Jin, an assistant professor of marketing communication at Emerson College in Boston.”
Hollywood.com has launched a new photo site/archive. I’m bad on popular culture past about 1976, so I this isn’t a site I can assess well. “From paparazzi photos of your favorite celebs to movie premieres, get lost in this glorious world of photos. The Photo Archive contains over 10 million hi-res photos, updated in real time, and the library is fully searchable by keyword.”
Monmouth University has acquired Bruce Springsteen’s archives. “The rocker’s personal collection of written works, photographs, magazines and other artifacts from throughout his career will make up the new Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. Monmouth is fittingly located near the Jersey Shore, not far from Springsteen’s hometown of Freehold and even closer to Asbury Park, the beach town where his career began.”
Twitter will livestream the Red Carpet at the next Golden Globes awards. “The ceremony from the Beverly Hills Hilton will air on NBC Sunday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, and Twitter will be live on the red carpet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET), featuring exclusive interviews with celebrities.”