Fed up? Reddit takes on Ticketmaster

13 Jul

Earlier this week, Reddit users started a grassroots campaign to try and convince Google to create a ticketing alternative to Ticketmaster. Basically, they’ve had enough of the poor customer service, exorbitant “convenience” fees, and disingenuous resales from Ticketmaster, and harnessed the power of social media to make themselves heard. The plan was simple: by searching the keyword “G-Ticket Google’s Alternative to Ticketmaster” over and over, they’re trying to send a signal to Google to give them an alternative ticketing solution.

The stunt quickly gained attention (one tech blog in the Philippines didn’t get the joke, and ran a story titled “Google is set for a new plan: G Ticket to take on Ticketmaster”), drawing notice on Billboard and throughout the blogosphere. By Friday morning, the phrase was the No. 11 most searched keyword on Google.

A lot of the Reddit commenters pointed out that there are some hiccups in the plan, namely the long-term contracts that Ticketmaster has with major artists and venues. Still, the huge popularity of this groundswell campaign shows that people are done putting up with the giant monopoly in ticket sales. Google may be monopolizing the Internet, but I’d rather have a company who’s motto is “Do No Evil” selling concert tickets than one that charges an extra $2.50 to print my own tickets, using my own ink and paper.

One Response to “Fed up? Reddit takes on Ticketmaster”

  1. Dr Mang July 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    This is awesome.

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