Thursday, August 29, 2013

Storify: Curating the 'Social Buzz', Social Narratives

STORIFY is a social curation tool that enables the user to aggregate and curate content posted across a wide variety of social media - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc. -- and then weave that already-published content from diverse social platforms into a new story.

The user adds value through their curation of existing social content, by selecting the best from each of the other social platforms, and then by using the sequencing/ordering features of Storify to create a new 'narrative' that tells a story of its own.

College student's story of bus driver harassment is one of the most-read Storify examples ever, and illustrates how it can be used.

KGW News uses Storify frequently to curate the 'Social Buzz' around the news, and to aggregate reporting on major national news and sports events.

Most recently, we curated the reaction to the selection of Ben Affleck as the new 'Batman.'

Best Social Media Response - Miley Cyrus VMAs?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

#DreamDay social media #fail

On the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march on Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s stirring "I have a dream..." speech, people gathered in social spaces using the hashtag #DreamDay to honor the anniversary and update the message.

Public figures and private citizens alike tweeted their own endings to:  "I have a dream that..."

The hashtag facilitated a virtual community rallying around a message and a shared vision.

And then there was this tweet by the Golf Channel, a classic social media #fail by taking something noble and selfishly co-opting it:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Affordances of Social Platforms

Twitter buzz for Miley Cyrus VMA performance tops Super Bowl

Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday created massive buzz in social media, and at one point generated more Twitter traffic than seen during the most recent Super Bowl.

Here's the Wall Street Journal story on her performance and the buzz it generated.

How much buzz? 306,100 tweets per minute during her performance, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Did Cyrus help or hurt her image? It depends who you ask. Cyrus herself seemed pleased with the furor, based on her own tweets afterwards.
Miley Cyrus on Twitter.

Social Tools - What We Use

TUMBLR: Social Microblogging

Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform that enables easy combining of text, images and video; it also makes it easy for multiple users to contribute content to a topic or thread, where the content 'tumbles'...

One of many Ryan Gosling 'Hey Girl' TUMBLR threads, this one for runners:

thanks, allison

Another example of a TUMBLR blog: Awesome people hanging out together

Eddie Murphy, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor
Andrew Garfield and Amy Poehler

And one more, I Love Charts, a TUMBLR blog devoted to all kinds of charts:
How To Hug A Man
This was my experience living in Chicago in 2012.

And here's an example of how a storyteller can combine content types (text, images, video) in a TUMBLR blog. This is my TUMBL blog of the KGW -TV Hood to Coast Relay team, posted in real time as we ran from Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast: