If you’re a famous person, you have a lot of demands on your time, but there is no demand so great as the demand to interact with the fans. Thanks to social media, a good celebrity is one who talks to his or her fans, and that’s a lot of pressure. Not on the celebrities, but on the social media services. Facebook has been pushed to its limits by Twitter, which offers instant ability to interact with fans. To respond, Facebook has launched Facebook Mentions, a special celebs-only iPhone app for the famous to interact with us poors.
“With so many people connected to public figures, it’s really hard to manage those interactions,” said Facebook product manager Allison Swope. ”We realized we could create a way to make that easier.”
Mentions is a great help to celebrities, as it helps them keep track of fan trends, keep up (and follow) other famous people and media influencers, and even host a live Q&A session from their iPhone directly. According to the celebrities involved, it has made interacting with fans a lot easier, and Facebook says that it has improved celebrity use by 50 percent, though it’s still a very new service. Facebook expects to roll it out internationally in the coming months; for now, the service is US-only.
“My fans are so important to me,” said singer Austin Mahone. ”They’re the reason why I make music, and I love sharing my life with them. (Facebook) Mentions has made it even easier to keep my fans updated on what’s going on in my world, and to respond directly to their posts.”
Feel free to check out Facebook Mentions, if you’re famous.Technorati Tags: facebook, facebook app for celebrities, facebook app for famous people, facebook for celebrities, facebook for the famous, facebook mentions, facebook mentions app, fan interaction app, mentions, social media, unusual apps