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…

Is Stargate Universe LOST... in space?

With Syfy's attempt at rebranding, it would be no surprise if they looked toward some of the most popular TV shows of this era as inspiration for their new lineup. Of course, one of the best things they did before they changed their name was Battlestar Galactica. This is a clear inspiration for the darker turn that Stargate has taken, but I wonder how much they've drawn from another popular TV show: LOST.

Don't get me wrong. Stargate Universe is still a completely original series with clear ties to the original franchise. But any writer worth his salt draws some inspiration from the shows they love the best. I honestly have no idea what SGU's writers watch in their spare time, but if they're up at all on any sort of TV trends as they should be, then they'll be hooked to the screen whenever LOST comes on. I'm not saying it's intentional, I'm not saying it's a cop-out, I'm not even saying it's a bad thing for them to do, all I'm saying is there are some similarities. I'm going to get into some spoilers for both LOST and Stargate Universe, so after you click the Spoiler Button, we'll go into some of these similarities.

I'm sure I'm not the first one to make this connection, but it sure is awfully fun to speculate. It makes you feel like if you know LOST well enough, perhaps you can predict the outcome of Stargate Universe. This is probably the farthest thing from the truth, but we'll see. And our eyes will be wide open when we do.


  1. Guanxingpingyu9/3/10, 8:29 PM

    I found this kink by searching "similarities between lost and stargate." So i totally agree. Funny thing is just recently getting into the whole stargate thing, i was convinced that Lost must have gotten alot of inspiration from sg-1 and some of atlantis. When i finally got up to SGU i noticed a drastic difference in that how and the previous two. Somewhere around the tenth episode i started thinking they switched sides and stargate got inspiration for SGU from LOST. Im only on episode 14 now but i think i found my "new lost." Even better, i know from watching sg-1 and atlantis, that details in SGU will have ALOT more follow-through than Lost ever did. BTW...there's quite a few references i didn't mention that i also caught such as the #' 23 and 42. 42 being the answer to life, the unviverse and everything =)

  2. I was actually one of the few who were pleasantly satisfied with the ending of Lost. To be honest, I was never really looking for many of the answers that people thought were important. What's more important to me is the personal story arcs between the characters and how the events on the Island shaped them. The same is true with SGU, to some extent. There's no way they can end the series without a better history of the Destny, but think about it: it's been years since the last episode of SG-1 and we still don't really have a clear history of the Ancients. I'm fine if it stays that way, as long as the characters we know come to a meaningful conclusion in their lives.

  3. I one hundred percent agree. I started watching Stargate Universe earlier this week. I was initially unsure about it, but then I was also unsure about Atlantis. However I've over the last four months watched Stargate SG1, Atlantis and just starting / finishing in the next day finishing Universe. I have seen similarities between Lost and Universe. Exciting stuff. 


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