There is no doubt that social media has a lot to offer when it comes to fandom. Duran Duran fandom is no different. For one thing, social media might provide an opportunity to hear directly from the celebrities themselves. Both Simon and Dom tweeted this weekend, for instance. For another thing, social media can give fans the chance to catch something they might have missed. There are endless examples of this, such as posting an interview or performance that aired on TV that people might have missed or might not have access to, depending on where they live. Social media, specifically Facebook, allows for pages to be created and maintained with a more narrow subject related to specific fandoms.
We (Rhonda and I) have a Facebook page for the Daily Duranie. We bet that most of you knew that and probably many of you have “liked” it at some point. Others of you might have been “invited” while still others just read when something interesting pops up in their feed. It goes without saying that we appreciate each and every person who has “liked” our page as the more people who do, the better our chances are at getting our blog out to others in the Duraniverse. Of course, we don’t only post about our blog there. At times, we will post something that fits music fandom or a question to start a conversation. So, even if you get the blog through email or some other means, I would recommend liking our page, too.
Lately, I have found myself running across other pretty cool Facebook pages that are focused on Duran Duran. Here are a few that I have found that I think are worthy of a mention:
As many of you may know, I have a pretty large collection of Duran clips from over the years on DVD. I have so much that I figured that I have seen most of the Duran clips that are out there. Oh no, this page has proved to me that there are a lot more goodies that I haven’t seen. The page describes itself as a “magazine and video archive,” which definitely suits it. A few of the more recent videos include an interview from “The Music Factory” in August of 2000, an interview of Simon from Cannes in 1994, and a John Taylor interview from 1993. I had never seen any of those before.
You can all imagine what the focus is of this little page. That’s right. It is all about everyone’s (or almost everyone’s) favorite Duran band member combination–John and Simon. While the page may not be updated “daily”, the photos that are posted are always very, very…well…you know. 😉
This page was designed simply for Duranies. It gets updated pretty regularly with pictures, videos, etc. I like that there is a mix of media, meaning that it isn’t just all about pictures like many other Duran related pages are as they post videos, articles, etc.. It is cool, too, that the posts combine both new Duran with older Duran. For example, one of the latest posts features one of the new mixes of Last Night in the City. Then, a few posts earlier was a performance of the Reflex from 1984.
John fans, like myself, might be drawn to pages like this one that is specific to a band member. I do like that this one includes Duran related posts while including lots of John Taylor pictures, .gifs, etc. I’m sure that there are plenty of pages dedicated to Simon, Nick, Roger, etc., but for some strange reason I find myself going to mostly John focused pages. Weird.
There are a TON of Duran related pages out there. I could spend all day just liking them and looking through all of the various posts on all of them. The ones I like tend to be updated frequently (strangely enough…we update ours daily!). I also like the ones that offer something that I cannot see or read elsewhere. Have I found all of the good ones out there? No way. Thus, if you have a page or you know of good ones, can you send them my way?! I think my Facebook feed could also use more Duran!