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links for 2009-09-30

By on Sep 30, 2009 in Uncategorized |

Internet overtakes television to become biggest advertising sector in the UK | Media | The Guardian Record £1.75bn online spend makes UK first major economy to spend more on web ads than TV, says IAB (tags: advertising business trends guardian) BBC to relaunch websites with focus on social media | Media | guardian.co.uk (tags: socialmedia...

what motivates eyewitnesses to share photos and stories online?

By on Sep 30, 2009 in citizen journalism, journalism |

Yes, it's the second time The Telegraph has come knocking on my door this week – do these things come in threes? "People in the area affected by the Samoa tsunami', writes The Telegraph's Emma Barnett, 'have been documenting the event by uploading photographs to Twitter via Twitpic." Earlier today she asked me to comment on the motivation of these eyewitnesses in sharing their photos and accounts online.  Here's what I said: “The Samoan tsunami is yet another example of a breaking news story that took place far from the watchful eyes of the media, yet was witnessed firsthand by many ordinary people who felt the need to document and share what they saw,” said Robin Hamman, head of social media at social business consultancy Headshift and visiting journalism fellow at City University. “For most, this was unlikely to be about finding fame or fortune, but rather about sharing what they saw with friends, telling how they'd been affected, and asking for information or advice on what to do next. So rather than submitting their images and videos to mainstream media organisations, they post them online on Facebook, Twitpic, or wherever their friends are likely to see them.” Mr Hamman also said he thinks this use of social media is going to continue: “I think we're going to see a lot more of this in the future – people using social media to give their own accounts of what happened, and others being drawn into the story, in a more personal way than ever before, after finding and engaging directly with those on the...

london the social media capital of the world? my thoughts in the telegraph

By on Sep 30, 2009 in headshift, journalism, newspapers, social software | 1 comment

London is, suggests an article by the Telegraph's Emma Barnett, the social media capital of the World. Here's her evidence: 10% of traffic to Digg, the link recommendation service, comes from London London is the largest geographical network on Facebook Twitter has revealed that London is it's top city in terms of usage Some twitter users, such as Newcastle based Stephen Davies (@stedavies), have argued that, although they aren't based in London themselves, their ISP is, which fools websites into thinking that the user is in London. If widespread, this could certainly skew the statistics. Likewise, it's easy to believe that many people who are members of the London network on Facebook are people who have visited, or aspire to live here rather than those actually based in London. I, for one, live in St. Albans, just outside London, and haven't joined either network. Again, I'm certain many are under or over counted for similar reasons. Regardless of statistical certainty, it is true that many people in London use social networking services and other social sites. Emma Barnett asked me why – here's what I said: "Londoners are well known for maintaining a polite distance in their dealings with each other. Whilst this makes it easier to navigate a city of 7.5 million – imagine having to say hello and making chit-chat with everyone you encounter on the tube – it's also somewhat dehumanising. "I'm not at all surprised that Londoners are taking advantage of social networking because it gives them the opportunity to do what people in smaller cities and towns often take for granted – have random conversations with strangers without worrying too much about overstepping personal boundaries." However, Mr Hamman also thinks the truth of the matter might just be: "London has a comparatively young, affluent and office based workforce with high levels of internet connectivity. That, combined with its status as a global communications, business and social hub, means that its population is more likely than those of similar sized cities to participate in social networking...

links for 2009-09-29

By on Sep 29, 2009 in Uncategorized |

Brandwatch: Blog Brandwatch on the audience for social media monitoring (tags: socialmedia monitoring marketing advertising) FT.com / Columnists / Michael Skapinker – Slipping out for a cigarette has its benefits Does smoking produce business benefits? “There’s no doubt in my mind that it inspires cross-departmental collaboration,” one FT commercial manager (and smoker) told me. “You get to know people who you otherwise wouldn’t, and get a feel for what they do. If you’ve half a spark of creativity about you you’ll doubtless stumble across an idea you hadn’t thought of before. It also allows for the ‘off the record’ conversations between departments that grease the wheels of business. I’d be pretty lost without them.” (tags: smoking research academicresearch community discussion innovation) WaPo’s Social Media Guidelines Paint Staff Into Virtual Corner; Full Text of Guidelines | paidContent Late Friday afternoon, Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) Senior Editor Milton Coleman sent a memo to the staff with a social media policy—effectively immediately—aimed at staffers’ use of “individual accounts on online social networks, when used for reporting and for personal use.” (tags: bloggingrestrictions bloggingguidelines censorship freespeech washingtonpost socialmedia socialnetworking journalism...

links for 2009-09-25

By on Sep 25, 2009 in Uncategorized |

A Nonprofit's Introduction to Google's Online Mapping Tools Nonprofits, equipped with large amounts of data to bolster their causes, often face the conundrum of how to present that data meaningfully yet succinctly to online audiences. (tags: mapping nonprofit outreach marketing publicrelations data wholewebascanvas...