Announcing “The 7-Question Springsteen Fan Survey”!

I’m excited to announce that “The 7-Question Springsteen Fan Survey” is now online and ready for the greatest fans in the world to fill out:  http://j.mp/7-q-s!! The survey should take only 5 – 10 minutes to complete.

By completing the survey you will have the option of having one of your answers archived by the Friends of the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection. If you’re not familiar with the collection, it is currently housed at Monmouth University, NJ, where it “serves the research and informational needs of music fans, scholars, authors and others with a serious interest in Bruce Springsteen’s life and career.” I’m excited that fans will have the opportunity to have their own words preserved alongside the words of reporters, scholars, Springsteen himself, and Springsteen-related memorabilia.

The survey is part of a larger study of why people—Springsteen fans in particular—are writing on Twitter. More and more is being discovered about how people compose on Twitter, but not much is known about why they do. What brings a person to want to compose something so public? Or to send a photo or video? There’s lots of speculation out there as to why, but few have had the opportunity to actually ask people why they sent a particular tweet, or what their goals where. I’m hoping this study will lead to a greater understanding of why. Since the Springsteen fan community has such a rich composing history (consisting of fanzines, blogs, wikis, and archives) I thought they would be the perfect community to help those interested in writing understand why people decide to compose something and tweet it. Plus, the first rule of research is to choose a topic you’re interested in,  and since I’m a fan of Springsteen who has been tweeting about him and his music for years, putting this together was a no-brainer.

By the way, here is the first tweet ever to mention Bruce—on October 27, 2006—the 50,089th tweet ever sent:

As you can see, Springsteen fans and Twitter have been together since the beginning.

So, regardless if you’ve seen Bruce 100 times or not at all, if you live in Jersey or 10,000 miles from Jersey, take a few minutes and complete the survey. Your thoughts will contribute in many ways.

I’m excited to read your responses!!

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