Oprah Winfrey To Do Facebook Live Chat

PALO ALTO (CBS SF) – Oprah might have been the queen of daytime talk shows, but it seems she has a lot to learn before she reigns on social media. It was announced that Winfrey would be participating in a Facebook Live event on September 8 at 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET, and users are encouraged to send in their questions.

This might be a move to expand her presence online. Although she has over six million fans on Facebook and seven million followers on Twitter, the New York Post reports that according to ComScore her website, Oprah.com, isn’t getting as many unique users. Although she had 5.1 million users in January, she only had 2.4 million in July. That’s why it’s rumored that she’ll be meeting with top tech executives, including Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Demand Media’s Richard Rosenblatt and LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner, while in Palo Alto, Calif. to figure out how to boost her dwindling numbers.

Social matters to Oprah, especially since the Oprah Winfrey Network isn’t doing so hot in the ratings. In February 2011, she only averaged 135,000 people watching the channel at any given time, though they did see some increase in June. Oprah has taken over OWN, and now holds both the CEO and COO positions in the company.

Why do you think that Oprah is failing at her new network? Do you think social media will be her solution? Leave us your thoughts below…

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  1. Debbie Davis says:

    I am surprised she has the time to do chats online. I am not surprised that this network is doing so badly as it really has little to offer as you can tell by its ratings. Broader programming would be a start.

  2. Laura Dobbins says:

    Oprah is Oprah and people love her for it but to have 24 hours of self-help or Oprah one hour topics like medical, spiritual and shopping advice is too much. The network needs some new interesting shows and she could stil tap into what she does best, promoting new ideas and products. But unless she listens to the people, possibly through letters, social media, live chats or otherwise, she will not make it happen. I wish her luck because I really like her.

  3. misalena t says:

    HER RATING WOULD GO UP ,IF SHE GOT OFF CABLE TV AND WENT BACK TO FREE TV STATIONS, MY MOM AND ALL HER FRIENDS SENIOR AND ALL LIKE TO WATCH OPRAH. BUT THEY CANT AFFORD PAID CABLE TV. SO GO BACK TO FREE TV AND UR RATING WILL GO UP. OR MAKE UR STATION FREE LIKE PBS. IT IS SELF HELP. and you will get plenty paid sponsors.

  4. Marilyn P. says:

    if she was on a channel that you could watch on basic cable she would have a lot more people watching. I live on disability and only have basic cable so I can’t see her, I do follow her on facebook.

  5. K. Tisdale says:

    I am a huge Oprah fan. I had a free trial of the OWN network and it left a lot to be desired. She needs to add more entertaining programming.

  6. M.Sellers says:

    Basic television was key for Oprahs success when she had he ownr show. It will be the same if you can create interesting avenues for followers to loyally be with her also.. Promotions online, contest, people love the sound of free. The big wigs have the $ to pull this off. You have to keep in mind most peole dont even own a computer or even know how to use it. I love Oprah and the good things she has done! Always the best!

  7. DENISE WINGFIELD says:

    MS SWEET SWEET OPRAH WINFREY, YOU LIFECLASS IS AWESOME, YOU DOING A GREAT JOB AND I AM ENJOYING THIS LESSONS, I LOVE THE LESSON ON FORGIVENESS THAT IS EVERY POWEFUL, BECAUSE IN MY PAST LIFE I COULDN’T WOULDN’T FORGIVE PEOPLE THAT HURT ME OR MY FAMILY BUT NOW IN MY LIFE AT THE AGE OF 59 I CAN FORGIVE ON THE SPOT MY FAMILY TELL ME DENISE YOU SURE HAS CHANGE I SIGN UP TO TOOK A CLASS EVANGELISM THROUGH MY CHURCH IT WAS THREE AND HALF YEARS THIS IS ONLY CLASS THAT REALLY CHANGE MY LIFE . NOW I CAN TAKE BACK THE POWER AND BE FREE WHEN I CAN FORGIVE AND FORGIVE MYSELF.

  8. DENISE WINGFIELD says:

    MS SWEET SWEET OPRAH YOUR RATING WILL GO UP WHEN PEOPLE GET TO TALKING ABOUT YOUR NEW SHOW LIKE MYSELF I TELL ALL MY FRIEND AND FAMILY TO SHOW MY SWEET SWEET OPRAH OWN!! LIFECLASS, IT AWESOME , JUST WATCH YOU SEE.

  9. yarissa leon says:

    oprah good bless you for all the help you give to the people.

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