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febottini

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    For us old timers who remember the band's interviews through U2popmart.msn.com and their IRC chat room, I'm really looking forward to the direct Q&A on Tuesday. This is a step in a great direction to have them directly interacting with their fan base and I hope they do more stuff like this. There's a part of me that feels like there should be one for paid subs as a perk to the subscription - doesn't cost band much other than time, but gives a sense of value to the high price of membership.

    I remember fondly the irc chat room stuff too... and I can't think of any time since the band has done anything resembling a direct chat thing like that.. (feel free to point me to anything if I am wrong). So this represents something  well out of the ordinary, and my guess is, to open it up to the widest possible number of people / fans, in this instance, Facebook has been chosen as the medium. 

    Something like this would work well on twitter too, and it would be great at some point in the not too distant future we could get a live chat / Q&A like this here for subscribers only. Thats something we are always asking for, and pointing to requests for, by subscribers.

    I see this FB Q&A as a big positive connection thing.. although I am not a big Facebook user myself, and its not everyones social media of choice, we can't deny its by far the biggest of them. And U2 like to do 'big'... Apple release being a great recent example of that. (love it or hate it, you cannot ignore it).

     

     

    I love the idea of Q&A. Fans want to feel close to the band... so I guess it's very nice.

    Of course there are two sides of using social media: one is that it reaches many people - almost 7000 comments of Facebook right now, but on the other hand it must be hard to choose questions, there are so many and also non-questions - some people just praised the band or asked when they will play in their country. At last, which is their aim? To reach as many people they can? So I think it's right to use social media.  However, I understand that paid subscribers think they deserve more benefits than non-paid subs. But I'm just looking at the opportunity that was offered to go to Grahan Norton Show... so few people! Did you publish it in the social media? I guess no... so I'm thinking that maybe it might be because fans are not aware of it. That's the good and the bad side of social media. You need to see when worths to use it depending of your goal.

  2. Jesus, it's really hard... there are so many things I could ask. Anyway, this idea is great! Could we do the questions in person?  :P

     

    "One of the things I most admire in the U2 is that even after a long and successful career you're still friends and working together. I believe sometimes it must be hard to balance different opinions. So, how do you keep U2's flame alive? Which things are in your wish list?"

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