It took virtually no time at all from the nanosecond that Disney/Pixar’s hotly anticipated sequel Finding Dory was announced to the point it began trending worldwide on Twitter. Hours later, Finding Dory was holding strong on the list, as it was hours and hours later. In fact, it remained on the worldwide trend list for a whopping 15 hours non-stop before it began teetering on and off the list for a few additional hours, for a grand total of 17 hours and 15 minutes. This information comes via twend.it, a searchable index of Twitter trends since May 2010. It also reveals some additional surprises that just might shock you.
The first surprise might be that Finding Dory brought along a friend for the swim. Although it lasted only about 30 minutes — believe it or not — yesterday was the first day that Pixar trended worldwide. That got us thinking: how do Pixar’s other projects fare against its other films? Below are the trending times for each of Pixar’s film, first the longest contiguous time period followed by the total times in parentheses, number of times followed by total time in minutes:
- Toy Story – 30 minutes (5 times, 90 minutes total — mostly due to Toy Story 3)
- A Bug’s Life – never
- Toy Story 2 – 30 minutes (5 times, 90 minutes total)
- Monsters, Inc. – 90 minutes (2 times, 120 minutes total)
- The Incredibles – 60 minutes (7 times, 325 minutes total)
- Cars – never
- Ratatouille – 15 minutes
- Wall-E – 345 minutes (8 times, 585 minutes total)
- Up – never
- Toy Story 3 – 75 minutes (8 times, 255 minutes total)
- Cars 2 – never
- Brave – 15 minutes (11 times, 165 minutes total — fluctuating on/off list entire period of time)
- Monsters University – 180 minutes (10 times, 450 minutes — most of it fluctuating on day of announcement)
As you can see, none of the individual totals of each of the films above come remotely close to the one day showing (so far) of Finding Dory‘s reception worldwide. Seagull-eyed readers may note that there is one film left off the list, however, and that’s Dory‘s predecessor, Finding Nemo. The 2003 film, which pre-dates the trend database by 7 years, has in fact managed to show up on the worldwide Twitter trend list — several times:
- Finding Nemo – 705 minutes (36 times total, 4350 minutes total — often fluctuating on and off the list)
A few things that should be noted. Firstly, this is far from scientific. However, while total times may not be all-inclusive and precisely correct, the trends are certainly accurate. Where possible, multiple search times were used to yield the most accurate result (e.g., WallE, Wall-E and Wall*E were all used as terms).
It’s also worth noting that this report is based only on titles trending worldwide. By default, Twitter shows users ‘trends’ based on who they are following and who follows them, and not by geographical region which must be set in preferences.
Tonight, Tuesday, March 29, viewers tuning in for premiere of ABC’s new drama “Body of Proof” can also engage live online with series stars Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) and John Carroll Lynch (@JohnCarrollLynch) as they “tweet” in conjunction with the new series’ premiere. Tonight from 9:55-11:00 p.m., ET, viewers can submit questions to and get an inside look into the series from both stars.
“Body of Proof” premieres tonight from 10:01-11:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.
Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) is a brilliant neurosurgeon whose world is turned upside down when an accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. In her new career as a Medical Examiner, she is determined to solve the puzzle of who or what has killed the victims she encounters. Along the way, Megan finds that their lives and the lessons they hold can be applied to her own personal journey of redemption and forgiveness.
“Body of Proof” stars Dana Delany as Dr. Megan Hunt, Jeri Ryan as Dr. Kate Murphey, John Carroll Lynch as Detective Bud Morris, Nicholas Bishop as Peter Dunlop, Sonja Sohn as Detective Samantha Baker, Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Ethan Gross and Windell D. Middlebrooks as Dr. Curtis Brumfield.
The series was created by Christopher Murphey and executive-produced by Murphey, Matthew Gross and Sunil Nayar. It is produced by ABC Studios.
ABC Family’s “Greek” will kick off its latest philanthropic endeavor, the I Heart Greek Twitter Give-Back Event, on Monday, February 14th. The event will give loyal fans of the hit series the opportunity to take home authentic “Greek” Kappa Tau, ZBZ and Omega Chi memorabilia, by showing their dedication to both the series and their community. Combining volunteerism with the social media phenomenon Twitter, the network is asking fans to tweet about the various ways they give back. Each tweet will be considered a sweepstakes entry and winners of items will be selected at random. Fans can visit abcfamily.com/giveback for more information about how to participate in the I Heart Greek Twitter Give-Back Event.
The I Heart Greek campaign rewards “Greek’s” die-hard fans with authentic pieces from the set while simultaneously encouraging them to take an active role in society. The event will run for four weeks, starting Monday, Februrary 14, leading into “Greek’s” series finale on Monday, March 7. Each winning item will be accompanied by a “Certificate of Authenticity.” The giveaway schedule is as follows:
WEEK #1 (Monday, February 14): How Do You Give Back? – This week’s winners will receive Kappa Tau items including but not limited to Rusty’s “Pledge Educator” t-shirt, Cappie’s “Seat Cushion with Butt Imprint,” Kappa Tau lavalieres, a pledge educator book and whatever else Beaver lost in the couch cushions.
WEEK #2 (Monday, February 21): What’s the Nicest Thing You’ve Ever Done For Someone? – Winners will have the chance to let their inner ZBZ kitty purr with various ZBZ apparel, Casey’s “Housemom” apron, pink ZBZ wall letters from Casey and Ashleigh’s room, a ZBZ day planner and the sorority’s shiny pink Songfest Jackets.
WEEK #3 (Monday, February 28): Who Inspires You and Why? – Sponsored by Omega Chi, this week offers the Omega Chi voting box, Dale’s pledge paddle, Omega Chi’s presidential gavel and the fraternity’s “foot-brawl” championship award, complete with Kappa Tau graffiti (naturally).
WEEK #4 (Monday, March 7): How Do You Plan to Volunteer Next? – The sweepstakes concludes with the resounding “thwock” of a Cypress-Rhodes Titan thunder stick. Devoted fans can bring home “Cappie’s Butt” boxers, Rusty’s Cypress-Rhodes University ID, the “Alio’s” cereal box from Dale and Rusty’s freshman room, Fraternities and Sororities: A Beginner’s Guide and various street clothes worn by Cappie, Casey, Rebecca and the rest of the CRU gang.
In keeping with the theme of “giving-back,” ABC Family and the “Greek” production team donated show wardrobe to several charities, including Shelter Partnership, Phoenix House and John Muir Charter School. Additionally, several boxes of clothing were sent to underprivileged children in Fiji and Zambia.
With all due respect to Jack Donaghy, we too like to do a little innoventing from time to time and in the past few days, we’ve been doing exactly that.
Many of our readers know that for a while now, we have been reporting on new items as they become available on DisneyStore.com, items which include specials such as limited edition items, Vinylmation collectibles, D23 member exclusives and more, long before other outlets take note of them.
While that service to our readers has already proven to be very successful, we knew it could do more — we needed to find a way to plus the unique service we already provided. For example, we were limiting on what we were reporting simply because of the time and energy required. We also could only tell you what was new, not what had just gone on sale, nor could we provide direct links most of the time because the item was too new to be available in the DisneyStore.com affiliate database.
All this has now changed. Many of you have already witnessed the fruits of the technology we’ve been implementing over the past few days and over the next couple of weeks, we hope to expand this to bigger and better shopping opportunities for the thousands of Disney fans who visit us daily. We are thrilled to introducing to you our unrivaled DisneyStore.com Deals Alert System and give you an insider’s look into how it works and how you can make it work for you.
Each morning, while most of us are still sleeping (or going to sleep), DisneyStore.com updates its inventory. Our automated system then rummages through the DisneyStore.com inventory database and finds all the new items and new deals. Unfortunately we can’t provide more information on how this works, but trust us, it works — very well.
Around 7 am EST, the alert system itself kicks in and currently does this in a couple of ways. First, a news item is automatically generated and (currently) submitted for manual review before its published. This news item contains only new items available at DisneyStore.com. This is primarily because when DisneyStore.com initiates a sale (like the recent twice a year sale), it can mark down dozens of items, if not hundreds and that would be one heck of a news item to sort through.
But if it is deals you’re after, there’s another way to find them right now and that’s on Twitter. By following @SK_TDSAlerts on Twitter, you’ll learn not only about all the new items, but also about all the items whose prices have been marked down that day. With sales routinely running between 25%-70% or more, you really don’t want to pass up these opportunities that you’ll be the first to learn about. And just in case DisneyStore.com does introduce a huge sale one day, the @SK_TDSAlerts account is capped at sending no more than 5 tweets per half hour, so you won’t be flooded by alerts for amazing deals.
In the future, we hope to expand on what the service offers in addition to possibly adding other shopping service alerts such as Amazon.com if it proves to be successful. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions and hope you enjoy the new service.
For our beloved Twitter followers, here’s your chance to win your very own set of The Princess and the Frog Fortune Telling Card Game. Created as a promotional item for the upcoming movie, these are available only through select outlets and we have been fortunate enough to obtain a few sets to give away. Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on this exclusive collectible game consisting of 12 individual cards, each beautifully presenting a different character from the film. Contest details are as follows:
Contest Period Begins: 2:00 PM EST, Saturday, October 10
Contest Period Ends: 2:00 PM EST, Monday, October 12
Eligibility Requirements: Contest is open to individuals following StitchKingdom on Twitter at time of winner selection. Contestant may not have won within the past four weeks.
Prize: Disney’s The Princess and the Frog Fortune Card Game – a promotional item for Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, not available in stores.
Rules of Play: Eligible entrants must tweet the following message during the contest period:
RT @stitchkingdom This is my entry to win a set of Fortune Telling cards from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog http://626.sk/contest
(alternatively, entrants may click here but be sure to update status to tweet).
The winner will be chosen at random from the eligible entries within 24 hours of the end of contest period and notified on Twitter via Direct Message. If the winner does not respond within a 24 hour period, an alternate will be chosen. If the alternate is unable to respond within an additional 24 hour period, the prize will be forfeited.
Limited Time Offer: Get 43% Off Richard Petty Rookie Experience Today and Tomorrow Courtesy of @PettyDrivingExp
Through its twitter page, the Richard Petty Driving Experience is offering 43% off its Rookie driving experience at Walt Disney World on August 7 and 8th only. To cash in on the offer, call 1-800-BE-PETTY and mention offer code TWITTER and don’t forget to follow them on twitter for future updates and offers.
Smack-dab in the heart of Hollywood, California, the El Capitan Theatre brings a spot of Disney to one of the world’s most famous neighborhoods. Across from the Kodak Theatre (home to the Academy Awards) and the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the theatre is a result of a $14 million dollar renovation in which Disney literally re-built the theatre to faithfully restore to its original grandeur.
Not original to the theatre but just as welcome is the Mighty Wurlitzer which entertains guests with great Disney music and sing-a-longs. Disney characters often show up prior to the film to present a show on the theatre’s large stage. If that’s not enough, new movies often bring an exciting experience along for the ride, be it meeting your favorite princesses or running the obstacle course at the new G-Force Experience.
In 2005, the El Capitan was joined by the equally delightful Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store. Gawk at Hannah Montana’s signed guitar and other memorabilia and the countless number of photos and autographs of celebrities who sat in the very same seat as you dine or feast on amazing ice cream. Check out the gift shop which features exclusive merchandise and pins that can purchased only here.
And even if there are no celebrities around, you can still find plenty of stars up and down Hollywood Boulevard. You’ll find Disneyland’s special star right at the entrance of the Soda Fountain and Studio Store with Winnie-the-Pooh’s and Donald Duck’s close by. Just a little further down the street, you’ll find the stars of other Disney icons such as Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Roy O. and (of course) Walt Disney. In fact, Walt has two!
So how can it possibly get any better than this? It’s as easy as a couple of mouse clicks! The El Capitan Theatre would like to invite you to follow it on Twitter. Followers of the movie house are frequently offered special treats such as free popcorn, free hot dogs and more. And in the coming months, look for exclusive opportunities available only to those who follow its updates.
This month we have a lot to celebrate and we want to share it with all of you who’ve made it possible. Here’s just a few of our recent events:
* We recently had our second anniversary
* We crossed the 1,000 follower mark on Twitter (without having to follow 2,000 people ourselves)
* We just ventured into Facebook territory
* We are set to cross a huge milestone in the number of visits to the site this month, a number most sites of our size never see
And here’s how we’re doing it: we’re giving away exclusives from Disney/Pixar’s UP on Twitter and from Disney’s G-Force on Facebook. Two contests simultaneously, three great prizes.
Orlando, Fla., (April 15, 2009) – For the first time in four decades SeaWorld’s star killer whale is communicating in something other than clicks, squeaks, whistles and trills. Shamu has joined Twitter.
www.Twitter.com, a free social networking/micro-blogging community, allows users to communicate in 140-character blog posts, also known as “tweets.” Shamu, who writes under the Twitter handle “RealShamu,” started tweeting at 1:16 p.m. April 7, attracting close to 1,000 followers in his first week.
Once Stitch Kingdom hits and maintains at least 200 followers on twitter, weekly contests will be held in which one lucky follower chosen at random will win a $10 Disney gift card. Contest details to follow once the target is reached.
So if you’re not already, follow us at http://www.twitter.com/stitchkingdom for the latest in Disney news. And don’t be afraid to tell a friend or 200. The more followers we get, the bigger the prize will be.
Parameters subject to change.