Simon Cowell Leaving Idol: Shock, Indifference and Optimism

Mashable – While the news of Simon Cowell leaving American Idol didn’t break on Twitter first, it certainly caused a flurry of Twitter reactions from die-hard show fans and Idol non-supporters alike.

Crimson Hexagon looked at the sentiment of 1,500 opinion tweets (news and non-opinion tweets were filtered out) this afternoon on the news to gauge the Twittersphere’s reaction. Data from the collected and analyzed tweets show a mixed bag of reactions ranging from utter disappointment to ambivalence and even people lashing out at CNN for deeming the announcement a breaking news story:
Here’s a breakdown of the analysis (or see graph below):
– 36 percent, or more than one third, of the Twitter (Twitter) reactions were sad and disappointed by the news
– 23 percent, or almost one forth, were tweets lashing out at CNN for labeling the story “Breaking News”
– 17 percent think Cowell’s departure signifies the end of the American Idol television dynasty
– 12 percent took the opportunity to tell their Twitter followers that they never watched or liked the show to begin with
– 11 percent are talking about Cowell’s show The X Factor, and are excited about the possibilities

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