Saturday, July 22, 2006

Tell Me Your AC360 Posting Secrets

screencaps by bcfraggle


Short 1 hour show tonight. Apparently, Anderson didn't get to do his Hezbollah tour today. I'm not complaining. Over 300 people have died in the last 11 days and I'm concerned about his safety as well as the other journalists and their crews that have made the trek.






These pics are caps from AC360 but I think the original pics were taken by Yoray Liberman, a photographer from Getty Images that is following Anderson around the Middle East.







The AC360 blog was hopping this week with 18 posts, many of them from Anderson himself. I bet advertising space on the site is at a premium price. While Fox may be winning the TV ratings race, CNN is far ahead of the game with their website.



If you have posted to the AC360 blog more than once tell me you secret. I have tried and tried to post intelligent, non-fangurly comments several times and have only managed to get posted twice, once for Rob and finally last week for Anderson.

There are a couple of Anderfans whose comments get posted on every one of Anderson's posts. What's their secret?

On many Anderson fan sites I'll see fans complaining on how they can't view the comments certain times during the day. Other fans will reply saying CNN has locked down the comments or people trying to post are overloading the system. I don't know why it acts weird but I do know how to get around the problem.

So, I'll make a deal with you. If you'll tell me your secrets in getting your comments posted, I'll tell you the secret to viewing the comments even when it looks like its hosed up.

Here's my little trick! Usually when you can't view the comments for some reason the blog has been placed in archive (roll your mouse over the post link and you'll see 'archive'). When it does this, look on the right side of the page for the orange XML button. Clicking on it will take you to Feedburner which manages the AC360 blog RSS feed ( http://feeds.feedburner.com/Ac360blog ). From there, find the topic you want to view. Clicking on the topic will take you straight to the post with the accompanying comments. Hope this helps!

Now, tell me your comment posting secrets!

Raw Data
On Sunday night (23rd), Anderson will host a special edition of AC360 at 10PM EDT.

I'm loving AC360 7 nights a week but please CNN give Anderson a day off to sleep! His reaction time is slower (lots of uhs and stumbles) and the bags under his eyes are only getting bigger.


Looking for the Anderchronicles? Check it out at:

http://theanderchronicles.blogspot.com

20 comments:

Purple Tie said...

Quitman, you're one smart cookie, girlfriend!

I love that cap of him taking a snooze at the computer...

phebe said...

I wish I could tell you the secret to getting posted but then I would have to kill you! Good job on the blog, very interesting as always.

Sheryn said...

Posted, who gets posted? You get posted???

Hey, you posted all of the good pictures! Gotta leave some of the pretty for us other girls to post!!! Now I have to steal your pics!!!

Thanks for the tip!

xtina said...

OK, CUTIE ALERT, CUTIE ALERT ... Who in heaven's name is that guy in blk t shirt with his feet up next to the computer screen? Is it a pre-requisite that all people hired by CNN have to be gorgeous?

Grace said...

I'm with Phebe, but it pays to have connections, lol.

Quitty said...

Sheryn, your one to talk about getting posted!

Oops! Sorry about posting so many pics. I was excited about seeing him on the weekend and got carried away. Steal away :)

Krysti said...

Great Blog, I loved the pictures. I think it's intresting to get to see a little of the behind the sceans footage. Did you get to see his special on inside hezbollah? I havent finished it yet (thank god for Tivo),but so far so good..

Anonymous said...

can't help you there. i have yet to get a comment posted, too.

Jennifer said...

I hit the send button and cross my fingers that I get posted. It works about 90% of the time.

Those pics of AC and his crew were great. I love seeing a behind the scenes look at what it takes to get the story done. Kudos to Anderson, Charlie and Neil for getting such good stuff there first week there.

Anderson has worked the past two weeks straight. Poor guy. The bags under his eyes are getting bigger and he looks like he is a little thinner in the face. He's gonna take a long vacation when he's done.

Laura said...

I got posted on the July 18th entry. All I did was get to the blog about a half hour-45 mins after it was initially posted, and then I just wrote a comment. About 2 hours later, after not being able to see comments, it showed up. Maybe a fluke, but I will try again :D

Cyn said...

Dang, I missed last night's show. And it looks like I missed some serious pretty. Well, at least now (thanks to you!) I can set the TiVo for tonight...

And is it just me or does John Roberts look a LOT better out of the studio? No freakin' hair spray or makeup = less android-looking.

sfacfan said...

Here's my advice - vote early and often...oh wait, that's something else!! Anyway, it works for me to get in early or try to keep your post non-fangurlish...

LavendarBlue said...

Wow. I got my comment posted! I never responded at AC 360 until today. Woohoo 1:23 Pm is mine!

I imagine it's just an intern who is put on comment approval duty.

Rita said...

i've gotten posted quite a few times...do you really want to know my secret?? *looks around* *psst come closer...* ok here goes...

Ok, I really dont have a secret, I guess I'm just lucky lol

Purple Tie said...
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Purple Tie said...

Xtina, that guy is Charlie the producer.

I ususally find that the post they seem to take are ones that are reasonably intelligent and ones that are posted soon after the original post.

Honestly, I think it's hit and miss. I don't think there's a way to predict which ones they take. It's probably the taste of the person that is deciding.

xtina said...

Since I subscribed to CNN Pipline, I get my comments in more frequently,(possibly it recognizes the IP add) not sure if that's why or just "hit or miss".

marie said...

I get posted frequently on the blog. I am not sure what criteria they use but I think that the sooner you post after the entry in entered, the better your chances of getting yours posted.

I don't think that content is too much of a factor, but obviously, you don't want to use foul language or post a personal attack on another commentator.

David Doss posted one of my comments that was actually a smackdown of NYT's comments about Anderson's program. I was really irked by the that NYT comment and their so-called source. I am still in shock that he posted it. Since then, all of his entries have my comment on it, lol.

I have commented only once on Anderson's postings and it got posted.

Lately, I have not posted comments because I have been busy.

ME Ellee said...

I always get posted on Anderson's---four times actually. Do you think it's the name? He even made a reference to one of them indirectly.

In all fairness, there have been more times that I wasn't posted. :)

Oh well, keep trying. If it really is luck of the draw, you know what the law of averages says.

Evelyn said...

Hi, I just stumbled onto your site; it's lovely, I can't believe I didn't find it before now. As for comments on AC360 Blog, I don't know if there is a secret to it, but I actually have had all my comments posted, and just recently, Anderson even read one of my comments on air during the show! It was so exciting :) I guess just keep on trying...Good luck!