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Buzz Out Loud 957: Tweetza Hut!!!!

One of our listeners is upset that Pizza Hut is hiring interns to Twitter for them. We try to show the difference between astroturfing on blogs and hiring someone to Twitter legitimately.

One of our listeners is upset that Pizza Hut is hiring interns to Twitter for them. We try to show the difference between astroturfing on blogs and hiring someone to Twitter legitimately. We also decide that when GREP is outlawed, only criminals will GREP. And Blu-ray's getting cheap. But do we care?

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I mean, I'm sure ghost twitterers are essentially equivalent, but this is a job where you literally tweet about pizza hut and they pay you. What I don't get is the salary: competitive to other tweeters (so, you mean works for free?)
But, grr, this is one of those things- you can't MAKE viral happen, it just does. (my zen statement for the day).



Study Finds Pirates Buy 10x More Music Online than Non-Pirates

If you can preview/borrow/steal, I bet you’ll be more likely to buy in
both the short run (aka the song or that album) and the long run
(aka look out for the band’s next album or spend crazy loot to go to a
show and buy their crappy merch)…

I think this totally makes sense, and I think this study hints that the
new business model has already been developed (without the stinky music
industry and its army of litigious minions) and is working: “sometimes
when you give a little, you get a lot” (and when I say “a little”, I
don’t mean a 14kbps, 15-second clip); aka the spoiled brat that doesn’t
share his toys has no friends growing up- Waaa!

Also, pretty please don’t debate validity of study! –> W-A side note:
Last week, there was an arguement about study size. There isn’t a finite
number. Dont forget, there’s POWER in numbers:

-Dr. Karl