A new wave of “Big Brother” fans is settling in.
And they’re bringing with them their own brand of celebrity gossip.
As the network moves its coverage of “The Bachelor” and other “Bachelor” spinoffs to the new digital platforms, “Big Brothers” fans are moving to the big cities to find their next adventure, from New York to Los Angeles to Boston to Miami.
And they’re leaving behind the social network of the past, where their stories could be shared and watched by millions, for a brand new social network where their posts can be viewed and shared by just a few.
“It’s not like it’s the same as it was back then, but it’s a different experience,” says Danielle P. Schubert, 24, a “Big Sister” contestant from New Orleans, Louisiana, who has been on the show since 2014.
Schubert is a social media strategist who started her own social media company, The Big Sister Team, and started sharing her own stories in 2015.
The first thing she did when she signed up for the service was to start posting on Twitter.
She quickly started receiving messages from other contestants asking her to join their Twitter feeds, and soon began adding a personal hashtag for her profile.
The tag is her own version of the one that her brother, Cole, used to describe her and Cole, a 23-year-old, 19-year to 22-year old, “big brother.”
Schuber and her fellow contestants also tag their personal social media accounts with hashtags to promote the show.
“I think we’ve become an extension of the show, and now people are following me,” she says.
The next step for Schuberg is to begin a brand of “buddy service” for her brother and other cast members.
“If you have a problem or a problem that you don’t feel like talking about, I can help you out,” she said.
“If you’re having a bad day, I’m there to help you.”
For other contestants, social media is a much easier way to reach fans.
They can use it to connect with friends and family, share news, and even make money.
And for people who do not live in the U.S., there are opportunities to “get out there and make some money,” said Robby Echols, a former “Big Bully” contestant.
He’s now a partner at The Big Brother Network, a division of CBS.
In some cases, the “bully” network also offers paid services to lure fans from other networks, such as a new app that allows fans to watch the “Big House” and “Big Buck” reality shows for free online, as well as a subscription service that allows viewers to pay for more content, like exclusive content from other “Big Friends” shows.
“You can see some of the things that are happening at this point, and you can start to think about what the next step is going to be,” Echol said.
For those who choose to leave the network, they have to find a new home.
In the case of Cole, his first move was to relocate to Austin, Texas, where he’s renting an apartment in a community center with a private security guard.
He plans to move back to New Orleans in a few weeks.
But for many of the other contestants and the “Bully” cast members, “there is no other way to stay with Big Brother,” Schuert said.
They’re leaving because it’s time to find something else.
“In the past four years, we’ve gotten so many new people in our life, and they want to be closer to their friends, their families, and their work,” she added.
“And that’s why we’re moving to another platform.”
Schuert and her husband, Andrew Schubard, plan to share their journey through the platform with their 2-year olds.
The Schubarts plan to launch a podcast, called “Big Bro’s Big Adventure,” and share the experience in a way that people will be able to relate to.
“We want to give them an outlet to have a place to share with each other, and we’re trying to do it with the best possible content and a good story,” Andrew Schulbard said.
Cole, Schuitzers brother, and other contestants are also planning to use the platform to share photos and videos of themselves from “Big Big,” where they were once contestants.
“We’re going to post some of those on the podcast, and also some of our own pictures, so that’s the next stage,” Cole Schubach said.
In the coming months, the Schubits hope to update their Instagram page and Facebook page with more content.
They also plan to open a new social media platform called “bigbrothers-friends.com” and plan to invite their fans to