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In what many hailed as an unexpected and unusual move, Swedish officials told the US comedian that he could not take over the @sweden Twitter account on Wednesday after Colbert’s much publicized #ArtificialSwedener campaign.
Maria Ziv, the director of marketing of Visit Sweden, one of the organization’s behind the initiative, explained to The Local on Thursday that Colbert’s Twitter style, along with her agency’s fear of selling out, were the two main reasons behind the decision.
“We started this initiative to create a sense of closeness and a dialogue between the curator and the followers, in the aim of giving a perspective of Sweden and its culture,” she said, referencing the Curators of Sweden campaign.
“When we looked at Stephen Colbert’s official Twitter account, we saw that while he did have 3.6 million followers – he followed no one in return.”
She went on to explain that Visit Sweden ultimately had serious reservations about whether Colbert would be a good fit and what sort of signals a “yes” would have sent.
“He is a Twitter ‘broadcaster’ and this doesn’t align with our goals. Our decision was that we wouldn’t cave in and sell out, just because he’s famous. We decided that a Colbert takeover would have served him, not us,” she said.
Full Article: The Local - Sweden.
“Although we appreciate that having Colbert as a Curator of Sweden would be meaningful in terms of global attention to this initiative, VisitSweden and the Swedish Institute have decided to – after thorough consideration - decline his generous offer,” the agencies said in a statement released to The Local.
“The account is - at the current time - first and foremost a way for us to hand over the voice of Sweden to the Swedes.”
Frida Roberts, Head of the Communications Unit at the Swedish Institute, called Colbert’s proposal “tempting” but argued that the Curators of Sweden initiative, which allows a different Swede control the @sweden Twitter account each week, is primarily for “Swedish citizens”.
”It’s been very exciting to realize that Stephen Colbert has such a strong interest in Sweden and our culture,” said Maria Ziv, Director of Marketing at VisitSweden.
She added that she would be “delighted” to invite Colbert over to Sweden so that he can “experience the openness and diversity of the Swedish society on the spot”.
Full Article: The Local - Sweden.
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Major League Baseball extended a challenge to comedian, Stephen Colbert, late last week via twitter.
According to MLB.com, the league extended the following challenge:
The stakes - if Colbert out-picks MLB, he get’s to take control of the @MLB twitter account for 24-hours.
Colbert accepted the challenge and will make his picks starting Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 15.
Source: Bleacher Report.
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