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SMOF News, volume 2, issue 15
Twitter, currently used social media, and news in brief.
A Glance at Current Convention Social Media
A few weeks ago, this newsletter looked at a study on the migration of fan communities and noted that it implies that migration off of Twitter is likely to be very slow, even if things go rapidly downhill, as long as the site remains up and running.
The research service is predicting a drop in worldwide Twitter users for the first time since it began tracking the social network in 2008, saying that after completing 2022 essentially flat, at 368.4 million monthly active users, that total will slide 3.9% in 2023 to 353.9 million and another 5.1% in 2024 to 335.7 million—down 32.7 million users in two years.
It also notes that the chaos has a short-term upside for Twitter:
Insider Intelligence principal analyst Jasmine Enberg said in a statement, “Twitter is a platform that thrives on news and controversy. The slight growth we expect for 2022 is a result of curious onlookers signing up for or using the platform more frequently to follow the Musk-Twitter saga. Their curiosity is already starting to fade, however, and decreased usage by those marginal users will exacerbate the monthly user decline in 2023.”
A sample of currently used social media
Looking at the convention listings for February 2023 currently queued up to run in this newsletter when the time comes, there are currently 61 events. One of those uses a Facebook page for its official site. Of the remaining 60, here are the counts of sites seen in their social media bars on their front pages:
No social media links found: 16
Conventions coming up in February are presumably in an active state right now and paying attention to what’s going on with their social media. With Twitter still in second place and no appearances of any of the currently hot alternatives (Mastodon, Hive, Post, etc.) it does look like any migration will be slow.
Convention social media managers currently agonizing over decisions about which sites to use and which to drop may take some comfort from the fact that 27% of conventions are apparently able to survive without engaging with social media at all.
IndyStorm 2023 has been cancelled and no further events will be held. The team behind it is looking for alternative homes for the tournaments that had been scheduled for it.
The Uncanny Experience (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, September 16-17) has added Michelle Waffle as a cosplay guest.
The YouTube channel for Smofcon 38 (Montréal, the weekend before last) now has videos of the Q&A sessions that took place there with seated Worldcons, the upcoming NASFiC, and Worldcon, NASFiC, and Smofcon bids.
Weekend of December 16-18
Furcan 2022: Viva la Feria (anthropomorphic), Puebla, Mexico
TwinConRPG (gaming), London, UK
Sac Gamers Expo (video games), Sacramento, California, USA
Holiday Matsuri (anime), Orlando, Florida, USA
Con+Alt+Delete (anime), Rosemont, Illinois, USA
Nashville Anime Day, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
Anime Winter Festa 2022, Kingston, Jamaica
Comic Fiesta, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Supernatural Official Convention, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Weekend of December 23-25
EOY J-Culture Festival 2022 (anime), Singapore
Weekend of December 30-January 1
Furvester 4: Mission to Mars (anthropomorphic), Reutlingen, Germany
Painted Desert Fur Con: The Island: Pirates! (anthropomorphic), Phoenix, Arizona, USA
New Year’s Furry Ball, Newark, Delaware, USA
OKiCon (anime), Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Comic Market 101 (amateur comics), Tokyo, Japan
Weekend of January 6-8
Shadowcon (relaxacon), Memphis, Tennessee, USA
GAFilk 2023 (music), Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Anthro Northwest 5 (anthropomorphic), Seattle, Washington, USA
CanthroFur (anthropomorphic), Auvergne, France
Spartacon XXXII (gaming), DeWitt, Michigan, USA
Super MAGFest (gaming/videogame music), National Harbor, Maryland, USA
OrcaCon 2023 (gaming), Bellevue, Washington, USA
Animé Los Angeles 18, Long Beach, California, USA
SacAnime, Sacramento, California, USA
Columbia Anime & Video Game Expo, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Taiyou Con (anime), Mesa, Arizona, USA
Anime-ZAP!, East Peoria, Illinois, USA
Fan Expo New Orleans (media), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
St. Pete Comic Con 2023, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Weekend of January 13-15
Chattacon XLVIII, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Na Meji Nevidnega, Ljubljana, Slovenia
GenghisCon, Wembley, Australia
MarsCon 2023, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Further Confusion 2023: Millennium Edition (anthropomorphic), San Jose, California, USA
MidWinterFrolic 2023 (anthropomorphic), Altura, Minnesota, USA
SnowCon: Lucky 13 (gaming), Orono, Maine, USA
HexaCon (gaming), Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Midwinter Gaming Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Geekway Mini: League of Meeples (gaming), St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Congress of Gamers Winter Session, Rockville, Maryland, USA
SCARAB 2023 (gaming), Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Siege of Augusta XXXI (miniatures gaming), Augusta, Georgia, USA
SaltCON Bryce (boardgames), Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA
Ichibancon 13 (anime), Concord, North Carolina, USA
Anime Impulse, Pomona, California, USA
OtakuFest (anime), Miami, Florida, USA
Setsucon (anime), Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA
Wildwood Comic Con, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA
The sound of a Martian dust devil (Science News)
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