Why Slow and Steady Wins the Race in Social Media

A lot of the times, new business pop up and their owners are so excited about this new venture that they think they need to see quick growth on social media. This mindset may lead them to make some rash decisions such as buying followers or spending too much on ads. And it may look impressive to investors to have gained over 1,000 followers in under a month, but savvy investors know there's more to it than that. And the day-to-day consumer probably won't even pay attention.

Let's get this out of the way right at the front: Do not buy followers. No one knows for sure, but it's estimated that about 15% of social media accounts are bots. That's 15% of about 3 billion. So, if you had every bot on Twitter following you, it would bring your follower count up to about 450 million. Sounds impressive, right? It does right up until you realize that bots aren't buying your products or telling any real people about you. You could make the case that the high number of foll…

Dragonball Evolution

Ok, it wasn't as terrible as I thought it was going to be. But it still wasn't good. Eye-catching action and a fair backstory kept me going to the end, but character introductions were random and motivations were questionable, making the character connections unbelievable. Granted, this may be a result of the film makers assuming everyone knows who these characters are because of the cartoon... but they're not supposed to make that assumption. I had no idea who they were. I had no idea what the background was or who came from where or why they wanted the Dragonballs. Thus, for me, the story was half-baked. I didn't believe the characters actually wanted to be there. I accepted their on-the-nose exposition of their motive, but it just didn't seem real - it didn't seem worth it.

Goku's story was alright on its own. If they took out all the secondary characters it would have been better (although fans would riot, I'm sure). The "search for these things to save the world" concept has been done to death, but you can't get away from the core of the source material. Given that, that story of the main character is enough to form a well-done concept out of a well-worn core. But tacking the other characters onto the story as they did with the movie was unnecessary were it not for the fact that they just simply existed in the original manga and cartoon. I wanted to believe that it was THEIR choice to be there, not the writer's.

After watching the movie I consulted with the resident anime expert at the theater who said the movie was pretty accurate to the original except for a few minor things like hair color and slight name variances. As a fan of the cartoon, he enjoyed the movie over all. So maybe the movie was just for fans and, not being a fan, I should have left well enough alone? That's not the best way to appeal to a larger market, but... c'est la vie.