I was curious myself, and so did a little google search and found that this link would list the NPO's in order of number of fans (mostly in order). Then I wondered about which arts groups have the most fans. Maybe there is an easier way, but I found myself clicking 'next' for page after page, sort of like putting nickels into a slot machine.... who was going to win. It was addictive.
I think the first arts group showed up on page 76 of the search in the Non-Profit category. It occurred to me that some fan pages got started before the 'non-profit' option was set up, and others might simply have chosen other ways to describe themselves.
So I did further searches, on 'orchestra', 'symphony', 'museums' and finally 'places'
....and the Unofficial results are in!
Fans as of 11:30 PM Nov 20, 2009 (I know I should have been sleeping not clicking)
Museum of Modern Art 190,421 (WOW!)
Metropolitan Museum Art 89,896
Le Louvre 58,071
Design Museum 49,405
Monterey Bay Aquarium 36,880
Art Institute Chicago 23,650
City Museum of St. Louis 22,948
Tennessee Aquarium 21,370
Salvidor Dali Museum 17,134
Victoria & Albert 16,867
MFA, Boston 12,140
Amer Museum Natural History 11,941
Louisiana Museum Modern Art 11,720
Brooklyn Museum 9,485
Children's Museum 9,010
Metropolitan Opera 26,142
Berlin Philharmonic 23,835
Sydney Opera House 20,010
Royal Opera House 18,115
Chicago Symphony 14,107
New York Philharmonic 12,292
New York City Ballet 10,301
London Symphony 9,298
Stratford Shakespeare 8,892
Oregon Shakespeare 8,462
Vienna Philharmonic 5,078
Boston Symphony 4,870
San Francisco Symphony 4,073
There is a good possibility I may have missed someone, as I was getting a bit click happy, but interesting results never-the-less.
BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
I can see that I have my next interviews lining up - lots of questions to ask.
- Does more fans mean anything?
- Does more fans translate into greater attendance, dollars raised, participation?
- Can little organizations have lots of fans?
- What's better - more fans, or deeper connections with fewer fans?
What other questions should I ask when I interview all these amazing people in these orgs?
- Le Louvre has ZERO updates from them listed on their page. Build it and they will come?
- Do places like the Sydney Opera House have so many fans just because its a cool building or because they are doing something special to engage with their audience?
PS - Great post from Geoff Livingston about "What 100K followers [fans] gets you".
In the meanwhile we have one little baseline stat for the arts. Where do you fit in?