Yankee Stadium press box, 1962.
Here’s the story of how our Social Media Curation presentation came together.
Lu and I, in talking about our interests, quickly realized that we wanted to focus on Social Media Curation start-ups. That was a good combination of our interests - Lu in start-ups, me in curation. We did a lot of the work in Google Docs - we had a master file where we kept our notes, outlines, next steps, etc. That helped us out, because everything was in one place. There wasn’t a question of “What’s where?” or “Where are those notes on X.” I’m not a huge fan on Google Docs - I prefer working on my Mac platform - but in this regard, it was helpful. We also used Google+ in our planning, holding a hangout with Dr. Ward to discuss how the presentation was coming together.
Then the question of how to contact the CEOs/professionals for our interviews came up. Social media made this entirely possible. After following the three sites/apps I was doing as case studies (Storify, Paper.li and Flipboard), I reached out to Paper.Li and Flipboard through Twitter. Through a search, I saw that Storify founder Burt Herman was on LinkedIn and that several of my friends were connected with him. So I asked to connect with him, and he accepted within a half-hour. Then, I e-mailed him, explained the project and requested an interview. We talked the next day on the phone. He spoke for 15 minutes, and we easily could have talked for three times that length. He was a wonderfully friendly, gracious guy. I hope I get the chance to work with him again, since we share many common interests.
I also created a Storify on Sean Brannagan’s talk in our class. I did this show that I could have something to show our class during our presentation, and to see how easy it was.
For Paper.li, I got a quick response saying to contact them through their information e-mail address. After a message and a follow-up, I was connected with Kelly Hungerford in their office. The founders of Paper.Li were both traveling, but Kelly did forward my questions to them, and Iskander Pols responded to the questions. I also created my own paper (The Daily Miss a Day, Miss a Lot, named for the lame slogan of my old newspaper).
For Flipboard, founder Mike McCue quickly responded to me on Twitter and directed me to Christina van der Boom in their office. Again, Mike was traveling and we were unable to connect. But Christina did direct me to a three-part interview Mike did with TechCruch, including a segment where he talked about creating Flipboard.
Social Media made this presentation possible. Without Google Docs, Lu and I would not have been able keep up with each others’ work. Without Twitter, I wouldn’t have connected with the companies. Without LinkedIn, I wouldn’t have been able to easily set up an interview with Burt Herman.
The speed at which we were able to do this impressed me, too. In less than a month, Lu and I went from a rough idea to a finished project, because of the tools we’ve learned this semester.
On Tuesday, Qianxing Lu and I presented a team-teaching exercise on Social Media Curation apps and sites. Here are the links from that presentation. I hope you find some of these sites/apps useful.
- Our presentation, which has been viewed by more than 2,500 people as of Dec. 2
Resources for start-up founders:
For class this week, @Dr4Ward has had us experimenting with Pearltrees, a sort-of social media mind-mapping application.
Here is a link to my pearltree for the class.
To be honest, I’ve had a lot of trouble figuring this out. It’s not very intiuitive to me. I’m a list maker, not a mind-mapper, so this isn’t my natural domain. But it’s been interesting to try out and to see my classmates use it well.
For class this week, we took a test drive of six different Twitter/social media dashboard apps. I tried out TweetDeck, Seesmic, Hootsuite, SocialOomph, TweetGrid and Monitter. My review of each follows:
TweetDeck, Seesmic and Hootsuite are all similar, in that they allow users to follow and update several streams at once. You can follow your main Twitter feed, your Facebook wall, and any lists or searches you’ve created. You can also post status updates to any or all of your social media accounts.
TweetDeck is a desktop app you download. Seesmic has both a desktop-based and a cloud-based app. Hootsuite is a cloud-based service. Hootsuite’s iPad app is much more user friendly than the web app (it’s easier to flip between streams), and I like that Seesmic allowed me to run my Google Reader along with my feeds. But I always find these streams lead to a kind of information overload. It’s hard for me to keep track of what’s what.
SocialOomph, Monitter and TweetGrid are, to me, more tools for social Media professionals. SocialOomph allows you to schedule Tweets and gives you (for a cost) advanced metrics. Monitter and TweetGrid allow you to follow several streams at once. This would be useful for social media professionals who have to follow several search streams at once to keep up to date. I liked the simplicity of Monitter’s interface, but I didn’t find them particularly useful to me.
I can definitely see the usefulness for these apps, particularly for social media professionals, media workers or just someone who has a desk job and wants to stay connected to several streams throughout the day. But I’m not constantly connected. I’m off and on my computer all day, often chasing after my 1-year-old daughter. So while I can see the usefulness for others, these apps aren’t for me right now.
(My favorite Twitter app is Flipboard for the iPad. But that’s more for reading stories from social media sites than connecting with people.)
I had my first Twitter Chat experience on Wednesday night, as I took part in the weekly #wjchat, a chat for web journalists (hence the WJ) and other digital journalists. I had seen this hashtag in my feed in the past and was looking forward to taking part in it.
It turned out to be kind of an odd experience. The 2011 Online News Association Conference is this weekend in Boston, so this week’s chat was all about the experience of going to a conference.
The chat revolves around 10 questions offered by a moderator, and this week’s all revolved around conferences. In a way, this was disappointing to me. I had been hoping to discuss some aspect of digital journalism. But what can you do, right?
Actually, it ended up being a great chat. It was weird, because I have been to three academic conferences but never a professional one. So my experiences/answers came from a very different perspective than these professionals. But there was good advice provided about how to make the most out of a conference, and I found many good people to follow and learn from.
One of the questions in the chat was how to make the most out of a conference, especially if you are on the job market. The consensus was to make sure all of your professional profiles are up to date. In the words of @foleymo: “Square away your LinkedIN profile and seek recommendations, update your blog with smart things, create an About.me page.”
My name’s Brian Moritz. As the rail to the left says, I’m a former sports reporter turned doctoral student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. My research interests are in journalists routines and how they have been affected by convergence within newsrooms. They are best summed up by Mark Fishman: “My purposes are not to evaluate newsworkers’ methods and findings against social scientific criteria of objectivity and adequate methodology. Instead, I want to explain how what we read in the newspapers today is constructed, how it got there.:
I’m also interested in sports media and sports communications, as evidenced by my Sports Media Guy blog.
Right now, I am primarily using this blog as part of the Social Media Theory and Practice class I’m taking in the Fall of 2011 semester, taught by Dr. William Ward. I’m using that class, and by extension this blog, to examine how social media can be optimally used by reporters and within newsrooms. I’m interested in digital journalism and how reporters can use new technologies to improve their work.
The best place to find me is on Twitter. Follow me @bpmoritz to see digital journalism links, discussion about sports media and undue optimism about the Buffalo Bills.