If you even remotely follow J-Pop you know that AKB48 officially announced that there are official accounts for the brand but also for most of the +18 members of the collective. This drove the idol fan community into a tizzy and people from all over the world were busy adding their favorite members (or everyone) to their circles.
The members of AKB took to Google+ like white on rice and are currently on a spamming spree that is making everyone go nuts trying to post comments on individual members pages. While that’s all nice, it got me wondering about Hello! Project. Where is my H!P spam on Google+?
Hello! Project has been notorious for being slightly behind when it comes to social networking of any kind. I mean, any company that would use a free Blogger account as their platform & then use a half-assed theme designed by a 4 year old with crayons probably needs some help in that department.
I’m not saying that H!P has been a total failure in social networking. Their YouTube channels are always updated and their official artist Facebook pages (if you can find them out of the zillions of “official” ones out there) that have been recently created are well maintained.
You figure that maybe they would have jumped on the Google+ bandwagon before their competitors. I asked my followers on Twitter when they thought H!P would get on board and and one answer was the end of
2012 2021. That seems about right.
I don’t know if this whole AKB & Google thing is exclusive or not but if it isn’t maybe UFA should look into unleashing some of their idols on Google+. Can you imagine a live Google+ hangout with Michishige Sayumi instead of a recorded YouTube session? That would be some epic stuff. I’m sure you all have your wish list(s) but I’m using my personal favorite as an example.
If this momentous occasion were to happen I wonder if Google’s servers could handle the overload of wota trying to spam their favorite idols. I mean, just going by the AKB Google+ experience so far it looks like it’s a mad dash to see who can get their comments to stick.
I guess we’ll have to see what HP’s next move will be.