My experience in managing social media for an arts organization was overwhelmingly positive. More than 99% of the time, patrons on Twitter had wonderful things to say about the venue, the performances, and the customer care they received.
But as anyone who’s managed an organizational account knows, it’s not all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows when something goes wrong. It’s easy to complain on Twitter, and, dare I say it, it’s easy to be downright nasty. So when your online ticketing goes down the morning a big show goes on sale, how do you deal with the flood of negative tweets?
On February 16, Aarian Marshall at CityLab wrote about North America’s most abused sector on Twitter – public transit – and how they deal (or don’t deal) with negative feedback. While you might think the connection to the arts would be tenuous at best, the article has some great nuggets of insight for anyone dealing with vitriol lobbed at their organization, and a fascinating example of how one transit authority is “embracing the online anger.”