Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Journalists and bloggers create fast “communities” when they collaborate. Gawker, for example has a successful “family model” for blogging.

What does the model look like for Generation Obama and print media or TV media?

This will probably be one of my last posts about this stuff because I think that it’s a user-based decision. So, blogging makes the way you “share” things matter. But I think communities are important, too. So, media, what excites you? I know bloggers seem busy but in an attention economy, the value of what you say is on par with how hard we work to dig into all three social media groups and filter what is there and present it in a way that makes sense to the “user,” “reader.” We’re marketing our own voice, in a sense, to make web content more friendly and give a sense of belonging.

I met at NPR for election night with a bunch of bloggers and media. Most of us bloggers had Twitter. We literally just needed to be in the same room to connect, not even talk. How can we capture the value of community with social media? Where can bloggers and media connect and collaborate online?


Professional Media Networks Online

Twitter, may help collaboration. But bloggers are skeptical that it’ll payoff. Twitter blossomed and so did blog networks. How can we value and measure the growth of blog networks this time? I also think of Journalism Researching, a research network created by Paul Bradshaw.

Social Media outlines corporate, new, and grassroots media trainings. Here’s who’s involved in facilitating the trainings.


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Successful blogs have a genius way of relating to others like there’s no computer screen between them and the reader. A real connection helps users forget they’re not face-to-face, open up, and share, too. This kind of exchange is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. It’s hard work to present content in a way that makes sense to an online community and stimulates conversation.

Motrin taught us how not to do reject community over this past weekend. They sorta alienated the online community and offended people with a corporate ad campaign. I’m referring to the total damage control fail after moms stormed Twitter to set everyone straight about babywearing (which increased activity to Motrin’s hompage, shutting it down). When the site went live again, the video was pulled and this posted in it’s place:

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Why didn’t Motrin just climb on Twitter, create some self-aware PC screenname and maybe respond on the thread? There’s a better response than a random letter on their homepage. Is that supposed to be a blog post? If so, the disconnect in online communication between users and bloggers, and corporate America is worse than I thought. It wouldn’t bother me so much but I’m pretty sure these places have a communications or PR people. So, I wrote a little open letter to express my grievances over the misuse of social media.


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About three months ago, I started blogging for an online community and project called Inside Islam. Today my mom went public with her decision to resign as editor of the Wisconsin State Journal. Sharing my private life with people online hard for me to wrap my head around. But, today, it’s all out there to see: Here is my personal life in links. I’ll start from now and work backwards since it’s the blogger way.

My mom went public about her decision to leave print media today (Wisconsin State Journal)

The decision hit Poynter.

I took a job working at UW on Inside Islam

WSJ Editorial Team finalists for Pulitzers, no one wins

Team Foley Network and my dad’s brain cancer treatment


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This, my friends, is why putting up drunk pictures on Facebook isn’t the best idea. First, you start a group and post pictures of pictures like this.

Then they get picked up by a local NBC affiliate like channel 11 in San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland because there’s a story in people not getting jobs for being associated with these kind of pics/groups.

Oh but it doesn’t end there.

Online users bookmark and Digg it, making it one of the most popular sites and earning it a seat on social bookmarking homepages. A little box pops up on the lower right hand of my screen telling me about it.

Epic fail.

Good thing these stories don’t seem to last long. Also, it probably depends on the type of career you choose if they matter. Still, yikes! That is unfortunate.

I’m going to go find some wood to knock on now.


1. Watch slideshow: Facebook Drunks Start Group, Raise Safety, Career Questions (KNTV San Francisco)
2. See what else is new on Digg’s homepage
3. Digg this story
4. Login to facebook to delete drunk photos ; )

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