The ultimate social media guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

Tonight is the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The contest is sure to spark an enormous amount of acitivity in social media and below you can find an extensive list of official Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace accounts and more. This list is even more complete than the links on the official Eurovison site. Have fun and may the best songs win.

Official Eurovision social media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionSongContest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Eurovision and https://twitter.com/#!/eurovisionpress
Twitter hashtags: #eurovision #esc2012

 

 

Participating countries, semi-final 1.

1. Montenegro

Artist: Rambo Amadeus

Song: Euro Neuro

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ramboamadeussmc

hashtag #MNE #eurovision #esc2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/RamboAmadeusSMC

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ramboamadeus

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ramboamadeus

Web: http://www.ramboamadeus.com/

 

2. Iceland

Artist: Greta Salóme & Jónsi

Song: Never Forget

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/gretasalome

hashtag #ISL #eurovision #esc2012

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gretasalome.violin and https://www.facebook.com/Mundu.eftir.mer

Web: http://www.gretasalome.com/

 

3. Greece

Artist: Eleftheria Eleftheriou

Song: Aphrodisiac

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/elle_eleftheria

hashtag #GRE #eurovision #esc2012

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eleftheriaeleftheriou

 

4. Latvia

Artist: Anmary

Song: Beautiful Song

hashtag #LAT #eurovision #esc2012

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anmary.latvia

 

5. Albania

Artist: Rona Nishliu

Song: Suus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ronanishliu

hashtag #ALB #eurovision #esc2012

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ronanishliu

 

6. Romania

Artist: Mandinga

Song: Zaleilah

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/mandingaRO

hashtag #ROU #eurovision #esc2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/mandingaofficial

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MandingaOfficial

Web: http://www.mandinga.ro/

 

7. Switzerland

Artist: Sinplus

Song: Unbreakable

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Sinplus1

hashtag #SUI #eurovision #esc2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/sinplustv

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sinplus

Web: http://www.sinplus.net/

 

8. Belgium

Artist: Iris

Song: Would You?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/seventeeniris

hashtag #BEL #eurovision #esc2012

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seventeeniris

Web: http://www.irismusic.be

 

9. Finland

Artist: Pernilla

Song: När Jag Blundar

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/pernillamusic

hashtag #FIN #eurovision #esc2012

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pernillamusic

 

10. Israel

Artist: Izabo

Song: Time

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/IZABO2

hashtag #ISR #eurovision #esc2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/izaboOfficial

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IzaboPage

Web: http://www.izabo.net/

 

11. San Marino

Artist: Valentina Monetta

Song: The Social Network Song (Oh Oh – Uh – Oh Oh)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/vmonetta2012

hashtag #SMR #eurovision #esc2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ValentinaMonetta

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valentinamonettaofficial

 

12. Cyprus

Artist: Ivi Adamou

Song: La La Love

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/iviadamou

hashtag #CYP #eurovision #esc2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/IviAdamouVEVO

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IVIADAMOUOFFICIALPAGE

Web: http://www.iviadamou.com/gr-en/home

 

13. Denmark

Artist: Soluna Samay

Song: Should’ve Known Better

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/solunasamay

hashtag #DEN #eurovision #esc2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/solunasamaytv

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/solunasamay

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/solunasamay

Web: http://solunasamay.com/

 

14. Russia

Artist: Buranovskiye Babushki

Song: Party For Everybody

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/BBabushki

hashtag #RUS #eurovision #esc2012

Web: http://www.buranovskiebabushki.ru/

 

15. Hungary

Artist: Compact Disco

Song: Sound Of Our Hearts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Compact_Disco

hashtag #HUN #eurovision #esc2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CompactDiscoHungary

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CompactDisco

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/compactdiscohungary

Web: http://www.compactdisco.hu/

 

16. Austria

Artist: Trackshittaz

Song: Woki Mit Deim Popo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Trackshittaz

hashtag #AUT #eurovision #esc2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/trackshittaz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Trackshittaz

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/trackshittaz

Web: http://www.trackshittaz.at

 

17. Moldova

Artist: Pasha Parfeny

Song: Lăutar

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Pasha_Parfeny

hashtag #MDA #eurovision #esc2012

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parfenipavel

 

18. Ireland

Artist: Jedward

Song: Waterline

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/planetjedward

hashtag #IRL #eurovision #esc2012

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JEDWARDTV

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJedward

Web: http://www.planetjedward.net/

BBC stops Pinterest spammers

I blogged last week about how spammers on Pinterest used a URL on BBC’s site intended for external redirects. By adding the web address of the spam site to the BBC redirect link, it looked like an image on Pinterest had been pinned from BBC.co.uk, when in reality the link took you to the spammer’s site.

After I blogged about it, the BBC have now closed that opportunity for spammers. The link can no longer be misused.

BBC error

The issue with spammers that use URL shorteners on Pinterest still remain though.

Norwegian paper offers online version without info from mass murder trial

The trial against the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik started today and the media coverage, especially in Norway, is massive. The online news sites are filled with interviews, articles, photos and video coverage. The events that took place on July 22 this year in Oslo and Utøya were nothing short of horrific. For many people in Norway, there may of course be a number of reasons why you would not want to read the detailed reports from the trial, including photos and videos of the murderer. Dagbladet.no solved that issue by offering a “trial free” button, i. e. a version of the site that is stripped from any articles of the murder trial. By clicking the button “front page without the July 22 event” you get a completely different front page.

Here are the screen shots of the regular site and the special version.

Normal first page of site Special version of front page

Whitney Houston is dead – Twitter user beats media with the scoop

So I wake up to hear the tragic news that the fantastic singer Whitney Houston is dead. As often happens these days, I found out via social media, this time via comments on Facebook. When the story broke, the news spread on Twitter at the speed of over 1,000 tweets per second. The first hour there were almost 2.5 million tweets about her death, according to Topsy.com.

And once again we find an example of how Twitter beat traditional media with the scoop. Twitter user @chilemasgrande tweeted this 27 minutes before the first news outlet tweeted.

whitney-houston-death-twitter

Here is the first confirmed tweet from AP about the death of Whitney Houston, a tweet that has been retweeted more than 11,000 times.

whitney-houston-death-AP-tweet

But Twitter and Facebook are not the only social media channels that become outlets for grieving fans. On Instagram, there are thousands of images posted with the tag #whitneyhouston and hundreds more are being added as I post this.

whitney-houston-instagram

And on Pinterest, photos of Houston are being commented, pinned and repinned. This photo has currently been repinned 900 times and has more than 100 comments.

Source: google.com via Marenda on Pinterest

 

Social media is becoming the place where we both discover news and share our thoughts. This story is just one more example of that.

The Telegraph can see into the future

What type of journalism could be more up to date than live broadcast or real time reporting? The UK paper the Telegraph may have come up with a solution – publishing articles from the future. Today, Feb 5, 2012, the Telegraph has published an article from March 4, 2012. I knew the Brits were smart, but to see one month into the future was even more than I expected.

Of course, there could be another explanation. That the Education Editor dropped out of math in school… 😉

telegraph-blooper