Posted September 4, 2009 11:04 am by with 17 comments

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Twitter iconEarlier this week we told you of Fox and Twitter teaming up to create some buzz about repeats of the shows Fringe and Glee. Well, hopefully there is no such thing as bad press because the comments we received about the experiment were unanimous: FAIL! Check out our impassioned reader feedback.

Ginger Says:

September 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

When I watch television I’d like to see the program, concentrate on the program, and not be inundated with superfluous trivia such as the content of the Twitter being shown on Fringe. This format does not allow the viewer to see the movie. I simply decided to change the channel, as did most of my friends.

Debbie Says:

September 4th, 2009 at 12:20 am

I hated every second, and am about to stop watching a show I love. It was NOT at the bottom of the screen, it took up half the screen, never ended. It must include a way to stop it or I will stop watching FOX altogether.

Len Cyca Says:

September 4th, 2009 at 12:27 am

I have just changed channels. Twitter on fringe was just too much to take. I have never seen anything quite so distracting and irritating. It covered two third of the bottom of my High definition image and made it unwatchable. Too bad, fringe was an interesting show. What are you guys thinking !!

rose Says:

September 4th, 2009 at 12:32 am

I was curious about the show. Then the twitter blocked the lower half of the TV screen. Wanted to turn know how to get rid of it. Instead changed the channel. Adding TWITTER to the show is extremely annoying. I don’t want to look at INANE converstations……. STUPID idea.

Annoyed Says:

September 4th, 2009 at 12:46 am

Twitter messages on my TV !!! Without asking for it? I’ll stop watching. Great job Fox! Way to lose viewers.


So rather than rave reviews it looks like this one is getting raving mad reviews. Note to self: When mixing Twitter with anything use with caution. Not everyone finds everyone that interesting.

See ya next week.

  • And those were tame! We’d need an R-rating to show you the ones that found their way to my inbox!

  • @Andy Do tell! Well, while informal it looks like our snapshot of this deal is pretty conclusive. Keep your tweets off the TV (at least during Fringe 😉 )
    .-= Frank Reed´s last blog ..Losing Touch Could Mean Losing A Lot =-.

  • OK, here’s one–anonymized and sanitized:

    “get your ******** conversation off my tv. this is the last episode of fringe i will be watching if i see any more damn twittering on it. ”

    I’m guessing the sentiment on that one is negative. 😉

  • Aprille Byam

    I wonder how representative the feedback is, though. Personally, as a Fringe fan who remembered the episode and is into digging for clues on shows like Fringe & Hero w/ additional hints & backstory elements, I thought it was awesome. Just the repeat would have been a snooze I may not have watched. The interplay of the characters and the other guys w/ each other and the audience, plus their feedback on dets of certain scenes and hints about the new season was very cool.

  • It’s not like the episodes were new, they were rebroadcast. I think it’s cool to see the mix of social media and live TV. Kind of like Pop-Up Video on VH1.
    .-= TwisterMc´s last blog ..Lily’s Monkey Painting =-.

  • While I can understand the complaints, I agree with Aprille — I loved it. This was a repeat, geared towards fans of the show. This was not intended for someone who’d never seen it, much like Pop-Up Video. If I’d never seen the episode, it would have driven me crazy, but I loved the insight from the cast and producers and I loved be able to interact. I wish the display area had been a little smaller (and the text a little bigger, it was impossible to read for someone with a pretty small, older TV), but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think with some adjustments Fox can make it work.

  • Hey everyone – Thanks for showing us the other side of the argument. I think this goes to show that people are real quick to voice their concerns over something negative but if it was good they don’t say anything unless prodded a little. Makes you think about social media and how important it is for brands to mobilize their evangelists to fight off the nay sayers.

    Thanks again!
    .-= Frank Reed´s last blog ..Losing Touch Could Mean Losing A Lot =-.

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  • I think it was a fun idea – as others have said, it was a repeat and I love behind the scenes trivia. Where it didn’t work for me was the way Twitter is designed to only show one end of the conversation. For example, Joshua Jackson had a Tweet on screen something about “that was an adlib.”

    But since we didn’t see the question, we don’t know what he’s referring to. I tried to follow the full feed with the hash tag but literally 100’s of tweets were scrolling in at a rate impossible to field.

    So basically we had live blogging with the hype of Twitter – it didn’t work all that well.

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  • mint

    fair enough but SERIOUSLY it is a repeat! if people can take it so seriously that for some reason they decide to never ever watch the show again because of that..that’s just LAME, i mean it is the 18th episode, it’s probably best to start getting into the show much earlier?

    If somehow fox lost viewers for season 2 because of this then that’s just sad.
    and to state the really really obvious.. SEASON 2 ISN’T GOING TO HAVE TWEET-PEAT OK.

    go FRINGE!

  • Anne

    It was not totally a repeat and my husband and I both are finding it extremely irritating. We record and then watch at a later date to be able to skip through the commercials. Now what do we do? We can’t skip the Twitter stuff – plus, some of the words were offensive.
    If people want to talk on Twitter – then by all means – Go directly to Twitter – just don’t subject the rest of the viewing public who just want to be entertained by the picture and story! I sincerely hope this isn’t going to be repeated on other Fox programs – about the time I see someone Twitter across the screen when Charles Krauthammer is speaking – that will just be the pits!

  • Melanie

    I WILL stop watching FOX if they continue this hideous “experiment”. I don’t know whose idea it was but he/she needs a LOOOONG vacation – permanently?

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  • Dan

    I’m hearing impaired and must use closed captioning…the 1/3rd take over of the screen estate with Twitter crap makes it near impossible to watch the show. Wise up Fox.

  • The only reason i watch fox is for the simpsons, if they removed the simpsons from fox i would give up watching that channel completely.

  • I have to agree with your commentators. Adding twitter to a show is very annoying and a waste of screen space.