Today I took a closer look at Justin Timberlake’s fans, the TN kids, or the JT Fam as they like to call themselves (I just discovered that today). It looks like the majority of JTs fans are placed in either two categories. Either they are 1) long time fans that have fallen in love with his music ever since he was in NSYNC/Mickey Mouse Club, or 2) newer fans that started following him after he became a solo artist. Many fans have seen him in concerts numerous times, and some even traveled across the country/overseas just to see him on tour. On the forum page I noticed fans communicating with each other by sharing stories about their concert experiences. One of the forum topics was “What shows has everyone been to already and which ones are you going to in the future?” Under this page, fans were able to share their concert plans. In this way, fans could figure out how many other JT fans were going to the same concert as well as plan to meet up with each other the day of the concert. Many fans also exchanged their contact information, so now JT fans can connect with each other via twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. In this way, JT fans can always stay connected with each other and build friendships from all over the world.
So I finally got to looking around on Justin Timberlake’s official website. As soon as I entered the site I was bombarded with images of JT (obviously) on his various concert tours. Along with his pictures are pictures of his many screaming fans, the majority of them being women. Within the site there a links to tour dates, media, and music. The site also includes news updates on Justin’s tours all over the world as well as his achievements and other projects.
The most important tab, however, is the one called “TN Kids”. This tab is dedicated to all of Justin Timberlake’s fans. This site just recently updated their platform, allowing each JT fan, or TN Kid, to create their own profile and meet other TN Kids. I myself as a TN Kid quickly discovered that there are plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow JT fans through the use of this site. There are multiple forums that cover several topics, from the 20/20 Experience Tour to favorite concerts, even favorite TV/movie appearances. Anyone who is a TN Kid can create a new topic and post it to the forum page. This section also shows how many replies there are for each topic as well as who was the last person to respond. In addition to forums, fans can write their own blogs from their profiles and have people comment on those as well.
Another cool feature about the site is that fans can send messages to one another, send friend requests, and comment on each other’s profiles. The website actually encourages communication between fellow TN Kids members by providing points as an incentive. For example, I got 1 point just for signing up and an additional 50 points for being a member for 5 days. Other ways to earn points include making friends, posting blogs, and commenting on other people’s blogs. What’s the purpose of these points you ask? I’m not quite sure yet, but my guess is that you can redeem them for exclusive JT merchandise.
A final feature I would like to point out is the contests section under TN Kids. This is another feature given exclusively to those who are members of the TN Kids community. No contests have been posted yet but I’ll be sure to keep on the alert!
Overall, I find this website to be very useful for my ethnographic study. I am curious to see what justintimberlake.com has in store for its fans as the new TN Kid platform slowly begins to unfold.
Hello fellow bloggers! For my ethnographic study, I have chosen the president of pop himself, Justin Timberlake. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be attempting to find out everything there is to know about this multi-talented artist, as well as learning about his fans, who are also known as the Tennessee Kids. And what better place to start than his official website? I myself have already joined in the fun by becoming a member of the TN kids. I look forward to getting to know more about the fans, and most importantly, about the man behind the music.