Tweet-a-thon Info: The hashtag #Malinky2Stoatir has been tweeted more than 1500 times since word broke this afternoon that Mal’s YouTube account was suspended. It seems to be a clear message to YouTube that its viewers are upset by the suspension. More than 500 people have signed the online petition.
Because the news is only about eight hours old, fewer than 200 individual Twitter users have been tweeting the tag, making it difficult to trend. There is no particular ending time set for this tweeting effort. It’s best not to go too overboard but continuing to tag tweets with #Malinky2Stoatir will help to spread the word to other Late Late Show fans. Don’t be discouraged by early numbers. Many tweet-a-thons spend weeks building up and letting people know about the plan. For now, this is a good way to rally fans and make them aware of the issue. Let’s hope the message is getting through and will help persuade YouTube to review the suspension.
A movement is underway among some RSA members to do a tweet-a-thon beginning at 8pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). That translates to 7pm CDT, 6pm MDT, 5pm PDT (and Arizona) and 1am British Summer Time (GMT+1). Double-check this site to check your time if you aren’t sure. The idea to tweet a simple and direct message. If enough people tweet around the same time, it could possibly trend. Be careful not to re-tweet too much before or during this time, so you don’t get put into Twitter jail. And remember, tweets work better than re-tweets.
The suggested message is this one, which you can cut and paste:
@YouTube Please reinstate unfairly flagged #Malinky2Stoatir channel. Read petition: http://tinyurl.com/SaveMal Thank you.
Again, if a large number send this once or twice during the hour, it may trend. Any more than that and it becomes spam.
Also, for those on Facebook, there is now a place to post.
What not to do: It’s probably best not to message the show’s producers, Craig himself or CBS at this time to complain. Remember, Craig and the show were supportive and CBS was at least not bothered by it. A more organized message to YouTube may be more effective because they have the ability to lift the suspension. Also, we’re being told that Mal is swamped with messages right now… there’s no need to message directly. Finally, it probably won’t help to threaten YouTube. Bashing them, faxing them or flooding their phone lines won’t make them listen. A Twitter campaign and petition may be more effective.
What to do: There is at least one online petition being circulated of which we are aware. Many voices are more effective than one and if the focus is positive, they may pay attention. Keep it simple. Messages can also be sent to @YouTube on Twitter and hashtag with #malinky2stoatir if you’d like. Direct your energy toward a possible solution. We’ll keep you up to date if anything should change.
The RSA’s top video maven, @Malinky2Stoatir’s YouTube channel was suspended today. It is unclear at this time why the account was suspended. We tried to reach Mal but have not heard back.
As a copyright holder to material from the Late Late Show, CBS would have the right to ask YouTube to suspend the channel, however it is unlikely that CBS was responsible, for two reasons: Firstly, the LLS’s producer, Michael Naidus, has publicly thanked Mal for posting the clips and helping to generate interest in the show. In a tweet dated February 16th, he said: @malinky2stoatir Thanks, and we realize the amount ofwork you do as well … it helps the show, and it’s appreciated. And secondly, CBS has been by far the most lax among the major networks to enforce such a rule. NBC for example, has been much more vigilant because of its stake in Hulu, which is why few clips of The Tonight Show or Late Night with Jimmy Fallon survive on YouTube. However, there are literally thousands of clips of CBS programs, including the LLS and The Late Show with David Letterman. At least a half dozen channels post LLS clips regularly and all of the others remain up and running as of today.
The more likely cause was an attempt by a viewer or viewers to flag the channel. Mal’s twit stream indicated there has been an ongoing problem with someone posting comments/spam on each clip. That poster, who was eventually banned, may have done something to flag or otherwise draw YouTube’s attention to the channel. It’s not known if the suspension will be permanent.
A new tweet/email jingle debuted last night on the show, featuring Geoff Petersen in an India-themed animation.
There are no more Late Late Show tapings the rest of this week. The segments for the next three nights were taped earlier (shh!) at the studio in Television City. Craig and the gang will be back in house on Monday, May 24th.
Tonight on the Late Late Show, Craig’s guests are actor Dennis Quaid and Sex and the City 2 actress Alice Eve. Don’t forget, Craig appears live in Las Vegas this Friday and Saturday at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.
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