Last week’s event featured some really cool tweets due to the nature of the show. After all, we are asked to Imagine the Impossibilities. Our creative fandom also came up with some wonderful icons, some of which featured Peter as an Observer, and others morphed our characters into the world of “Through the Looking Glass.”
The trip through Walter’s pocket universe funhouse also gave us a glimpse of a character from season one — the Observer-like boy from Inner Child. However, we still wonder about the identity of mysterious “Donald,” the man who was working with Walter as he hid the components of his plan. I am liking the theory that he is a humanized September. The name Sam Weiss has also been tossed out there as a potential candidate. I predict that it won’t be long until we found out for sure, and no matter what, it will be surprising.
Speaking of predictions, it’s a pastime of most Fringe fans. We like to speculate about the direction the series is taking based on the small breadcrumbs received from each episode and from the clues of the past. So, what direction is Peter heading? The Observer that he fought gave him the dire warning that he made a mistake; that he didn’t know what he got himself into. One thing’s for certain right now: The ability to move like an Observer and to predict future events (sort of like The Plateau’s Milo Stanfield) could be quite useful. But there will be a downside to Peter’s rash decision to implant the Observer tech… will he lose his humanity–his emotions? Olivia seemed to notice that Peter is not quite right… Will she write off her gut feelings by attributing Peter’s increasingly off behavior to his grief?
And what exactly does the episode name Five-Twenty-Ten mean? We’ve seen these numbers before.
that things are going to get worse before they get better.
Be sure to make your first tweet of the night a thank you to @FoxBroadcasting and @WarnerBrosEnt for making season five possible.
You can grab a cool icon for the event. They are updated throughout the week.
1) Don’t use #IPredict before the designated time: 1 HOUR before Fringe airs.
The event will take place 1 hour before Fringe airs – 8pm EST — November 16. Gently remind others that use the tag before the event to wait until the right time, and tell them that using the tag too much beforehand will lessen trending impact. This happened when Fringe fans tried to trend #WhereIsPeterBishop for the season four premiere. The # had been used all summer long, was not anything new on the Twitter radar, so it did not trend. Trending happens with terms that are relatively new, and many people tweet about them at the same time. Terms break out onto the scene, but trending becomes more difficult the more they are used. Be nice! We want everyone to feel welcome.
2) One # term per Tweet. Use only #IPredict (What Are Hashtags?)
3) Lots of people tweeting matters more than the number of tweets.
Tell everyone Fringie about the event. There is strength in numbers – remember that the more unique tweeters we have, the more likely we are to trend, and for a longer duration of time. Send your tweets out steadily – remember to pace yourself. You want to avoid “Twitter Jail.” Sustained tweeting over time matters.
Trending can be a distraction, but we need you to keep those wonderful tweets coming. You may have also noticed that the # will drop off the charts after a while, only to trend again when Fringe airs. This is due to other viewers joining in by tweeting the hashtag on the bottom of the screen.
4) Those with lots of followers help out a lot!
Alternate accounts with few followers do not have as much “influence” towards trending. But tweets from accounts like @JWFringe, @FringeOnFox, @VancityJax and @johnnob58004412 make a big impact. Let’s try to build our Fringe fan follower networks. One easy way is to follow people on fan Twitter lists. Here is my Cortexifan list. Follow some Fringies! Another way is to follow some folks on Twitter “Follow Fridays.” You may have seen tweets that are tagged #FF – followed by a bunch of twitter names. This is because they are recommended people to follow.
5) We want to pique the interest of non-Fringe fans.
This is the key to our trending duration success. It gives a chance to get our message about Fringe out to another audience. Try to construct a list of thoughtful and informative tweets before the event. These can be copied and pasted for easy tweets. Use some witty Fringe sayings – link some of the official promo videos – speculate about what happened to September.
We all have our speculations about the show and where it is heading towards the ending. Let’s get some conversation out there.
6) We can discuss aspects of the show in our tweets.
TRY to include the word FRINGE (with no #) in your tweet if possible. Talk about the characters and the actors.
7) Private accounts must have their locked status removed, as the tweets from locked accounts do not count toward the trend tally.
8) Retweets are the easiest way to help out the trending effort.
Just search for the hashtag, and retweet the ones that are interesting to you. If you know how to use a Twitter application suite like TweetDeck or HootSuite, this is made even easier.
9) Remember to check in at GetGlue for cool stickers and so that Fringe will trend there as well.
If you are in the U.S. and have an iPhone or Android phone, give Viggle a try. Their check-ins are included in the data of several prominent social television analysis companies.