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The Bebo and her band

bebo's bands logoYes, that’s what it’s called here: “The Bebo”. It may be only the third most popular social networking site with just 1.18% share of the market, but it’s by far the most popular social networking site in Ireland. Yes, for some reason Ireland just loves the Bebo. Radio programs, DJs – all of these have Bebo profiles, because they know that’s how to reach the Irish market.

Planning a trip to Ireland? It might not be a bad idea to get on “the Bebo” and make some friends.

To this end, wifey and I decided to create a Bebo band profile for Kerbside using the “Bebo bands” function of the site. Our Bebo band profile is at kerbside.bebo.com.

To create a “Bebo band,” you must first have a personal Bebo profile and then create a band profile to which your personal profile is listed as a member. Once this is done you can invite other Bebo users to become members of the band. You can’t actually invite non band members to see your band site, but your band will be listed on your personal profile and should other Bebo users click on it, they can become “fans,” which causes your band profile to be listed on their personal profiles, making it easier for yet other Bebo users to find your Bebo band profile and become “fans” themselves. *wshew*

I think that’s what’s called “viral marketing.”

Kerbside's bebo profile, featuring gig with MundySo, two days ago I sat down at Photoshop and created a Kerbside Bebo “skin” (an element of which is pictured left there).

Bebo skins determine the look of one’s Bebo profile – you can pick from a whole range of pre-made skins or create your own. I was pretty happy with my attempt there (whadya think?).

To finish things off for the stunning Kerbside Bebo band profile, I uploaded a bunch of photos of us playing, a few mp3s and even a video of one of our gigs in Tullamore.

After all that hard work I sat back and let the magic of Bebo’s viral marketing do its work.

Two days later I am proud to announce that our new Bebo band profile boasts a staggering TWO whole fans! Not only that, but we have been OFFICIALLY declined as a Bebo featured artist!

I actually had to read the email from the Bebo staff twice. It’s pretty clear, even though I’m not sure it’s written in English. It reads,

“We’re sorry, but you band has not be selected to be featured. We cannot enter into any discussions. Thank you.”

Ah yes, first the Bebo. Next: the world.