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From Justin Bieber's Facebook to The Killing: Rosie Larsen Case File: The Internet makes entertainment better
"Facebook: Justin Bieber," www.facebook.com/JustinBieber
Pop sensation Justin Bieber is one of many artists and bands whose Facebook pages are taking advantage of the new Listen button, which gives fans an easy way to listen to music through their favorite playback services -- such as Spotify and MOG -- directly from Facebook pages. After the fan clicks on the button, the music service the person uses most frequently will begin playing the band or artist's most popular songs. As the services are also Timeline apps, the listening activity also posts to the Facebook Timeline as it happens.
The digital network, a property of Sony Pictures Entertainment, offers films and TV shows from the Sony library, along with original programming, from a base in Culver City, Calif. The 33rd Annual Telly Awards -- honoring film and video productions; Web ads, videos and films; and local, regional and cable TV ads and shows - recently honored Crackle's original comedy show "Issues" (starring Ron Livingston) with two Silver Awards and gave a Bronze Award each to the original shows "Held Up" and "Backwash.""Mashable: Social TV Charts," mashable.com/follow/topics/social-tv-charts/
"The Killing: Rosie Larsen Case File," www.amctv.com/shows/the-killing/rosie-larsen-case-file
After a cliffhanger finale in its first season, many fans and some critics were disappointed in AMC's Sunday mystery series and bailed on the Rosie Larsen murder case -- but not everybody. As the second season continues on AMC, the Web offers an interactive case file, complete with graphic images, that allows viewers to play armchair detective. And from the look of the comments, there are more than a few folks who are still interested in who killed the teen and are carrying on a lively discussion about possible perpetrators.
Back on April Fool's, a joke report circulated that ratings powerhouse Nielsen was going to abandon its people-meter system in favor of rating shows by Facebook Likes and Twitter mentions. You laugh, but those days may not be so far off. Each week, Web-centric site Mashable posts an infographic tracking which shows are getting the most social-media buzz, from "WWE Raw," "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Game of Thrones" on the cable side to "American Idol," "The Voice" and "The Simpsons" on the broadcast side. What are you posting about?
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