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Old 09-02-2014, 11:39 AM   #1
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Analysis: U2.com, fan engagement, and new album specualtion

Ok - I've wasted an hour of my lunch for this speculative nonsense. Thankfully, I love Excel. I'm creating a new post for this, because it's really about U2.com and not the new album. But I'm posting it in this forum because it might say something about how the sell themselves (and any new albums)

I went to U2.com and listed the date associated with every news story posted for a two year period, August 2012-2014, which I plotted in this chart.



The X-axis represents each month, while Y displays the number of stories posted within that month.

Why U2.com? Well I figured that anything posted here represents official wording from the band. And I thought we looked closely we might be able to see some interesting patterns/observations.

Interesting observations:
August 2012-2013 - they averaged 5 posts a month

August 2013-2014 - they averaged 4 posts a month, BUT, if look at March 2014 onward, it's closer to 2/month.

The last 3 months have seen the fewest posts of any three month window in the entire period.


Speculations/Conclusions:
- The were in super secret mode in March 2014, perhaps in anticipation of an imminent release. OR...
- Shit went down the toilet in March 2014. They had anticipated releasing a record, and had nothing to post about in lieu of that not happening.
- They amped up the news in Spring 2013 - perhaps in anticipation of a new album in...May/June?
- this chart suggests they're in super-secret mode now. OR...
- this chart tells us nothing
- overall fan engagement sucks
- U2 sucks
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:58 AM   #2
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You didn't need a graph to tell you that U2's fan engagement sucks, just ask any of the non-sycophants around here. And actually to say it merely 'sucks' is being polite.

They've never been digitally inclined or savvy. There have been no blogs, or reliable twitter accounts and the website hasn't given us much of anything since day one.

So I don't expect much fan engagement at all from U2...because I'm not insane. They've shown their hand on this matter time and time again. But especially since they seem to be trying to tamper down the hype and do something relatively quietly this time around.

In other words, what else is new? I'm not trying to be snarky or rude or anything else. I'm just wondering why people keep expecting the duck to stop quacking like a duck.
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It's very easy for this chart to tell us absolutely nothing, but at the same time, I love charts <3, so it's at least interesting to look at/speculate on. So thank you!
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In other words, what else is new? I'm not trying to be snarky or rude or anything else. I'm just wondering why people keep expecting the duck to stop quacking like a duck.
I didn't really intend for anyone to take this post too seriously.. [EDIT] though I think there's SOME worth in my analysis

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I love charts <3, so it's at least interesting to look at/speculate on. So thank you!
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serious question: anyone a u2.com member? do they post stories that dont show up as news on the non-member site? I know some articles bring me to the member sign-up page, so I'm assuming no...
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serious question: anyone a u2.com member? do they post stories that dont show up as news on the non-member site? I know some articles bring me to the member sign-up page, so I'm assuming no...

There's articles sometimes but not really any news.

I don't really expect any news from U2.com though I mean they ain't going to report on every rumour are they, their only going to report official news and let's face it there hasn't been anything official from the band

It would be like my footy teams website commenting on every player that were linked with, it's not going to happen.

An official website isn't a gossip/speculation/ rumour site, it deals with proper news not crap.


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