So I met Amber Macarthur today for a "feel good", talking head CITY-TV segment about the explosion of Facebook in Toronto and how the savviest of early adopters in this city have pushed it to the tipping point of reaching the mainstream.
She was as energetic, curious and lovely as expected - always great when a brush with celebrity matches expectation (usually its quite disappointing).
We had an interesting discussion about my metaphor that she is "Canada's Amanda Congdon" and also a discussion about dueling Facebook celebrities and how there are ego duels battling it out in our very own social media backyard.
So with no further adieu, I give you Facebook Media Idol:
Currently George is ahead with 1,703 Facebook friends vs. Amber's 1,346 but expect this battle to get closer as Amber's new 1/2 hour show Webnation ramps up.
It's a battle of public TV exposure vs. private TV pluckiness, XX vs XY, The Tired Look vs. The Fresh-faced Look, misspelled long name vs. misspelled Mc or Mac, the lack of Vitamin D vs. the abundance - two great new media celebrities in an old-fashioned media duel - exert your social media democratic rite and get behind one of them now and join them as friends.
On the undercard:
We'll call this the big headed, CBC panel segment, we have Andrew Coyne, the Chantal Hebert Fan Club and the Rex Murphy = Sam the Eagle club (presume a complement and Facebook Fan Club)
Currently, Andrew is winning at 99 friends vs. Chantal's 57 - but Chantal has hardly even put her hat in the ring. 32 people believe Rex looks like Sam the Eagle from the Muppets.
In the posthumous kids show club, Mr. Dressup is neck and neck with Mr. Rogers at 1,200 friends each but wins because there is a club of 196 friends who think Ernie Coombs Tickle Trunk is much better than Roger's neighborhood. Uncle Bobby sadly rounds up the rear at 26 Facebook Friends.
In the sports arena, Don Cherry literally has a lock for the next 20 years -I count 1900 Friends across various clubs with an additional 4,900 Hockey Night In Canada lovers. But what about the B-Listers. Surprisingly Six Seixero and Tim Mcallef of The Score hang second at 393 Friends, Gareth Wheeler of The Grill Room putting in a solid performance at 213 friends, Harry Neale at 123 Friends, Darren Dutyshen at 120 Friends (with a humorously named "What Would Dutchy Do?"), Kelly Hrudey at 61, Pierre McGuire at 57, Michael Landsberg at 10 and a lot of people who like Bob Cole (120s) but a majority who think is is senile, must go and a surprisingly high number who don't think he pronounces Kevin Bieksa right.
On the inevitable hot sports talk anchor, I'm sorry for my crassness for posting this - "Jennifer Hedger is hot" leads (87 friends) to "Martine Gaillard is the Hottest" (21 Friends). Don't know if the difference in superlatives affects anything here but opinion of one, I think this battle should be much loser (and where are Kathyrn Humphries friends?)
The key undercard for the night - Peter Mansbridge has 183 Friends who think he would be a Great Prime MInister, Kevin Newman 111 Friends that think the same, Seamus O'Regan 86 Friends and a mixed bag with Lloyd Roberston - he has 40 official friends, 40 people who believe he is ten times the man of Peter Mansbridge and 38 official people who believes he scores a lot in bed. One of my faves Steve Paikin of TVO has 5 real friends, 68 fan Club friends and 38 friends who believe he should replace Stroumbo on CBC...controversy brewing.
And that's how we play Facebook Media Idol....