AOM – Individual Project #5

Okay, so after four weeks at home, I’ve finally almost finished my individual project made up of 6-7 Storify projects. I had so much fun making them and reading them that I definitely think I’m going to keep on using the site. Curating social media to make a story is such a good idea, and one that I think can be very useful.

I’ll admit I didn’t do as much research as I probably should have but there was a reason for this. There didn’t seem to be many ‘professional’ Storify’s out there that I could base mine on. A lot of them looked very amateur and although that is kinda the point of Storify, I thought some users didn’t have any finesse when it came to bringing stories together.

The Guardians Storify was quite good, and I particularly liked the one they posted last week on the Tottenham Court Road bomb scare. This brought together photographs people had tweeted, interviews people has conducted and tweets that informed me as to what was happening. With me not being in London at the time, I found this very informative – more informative than reading a plain Jane article from the BBC.

One thing I wanted to avoid on Storify was what Metro UK did when they released their Storify on the new Dark Knight trailer. Simply titled, The Dark Knight Rises Twitter buzz, the Storify just dumped a handful of tweets together from people that had commented on the trailers release. I didn’t feel that by doing this Metro UK achieved anything. I could go into Twitter and search ‘Dark Knight trailer’ and bring up more results than that. The Storify had nothing interesting about it, whereas with most of mine, I tried to incorporate pictures, videos where it was necessary or my own writing to give each story some backbone.

So I have done six Storify’s in total. The first one I made was on Sport Relief when I was getting to grips with Storify’s features. The second was focussed on the Sonisphere Festival cancellation which shocked the music industry and festival goers all over the UK. After this, I did a shorter project called ‘Can you see the stars?’ based on an article that not many people in the world can see the stars due to light pollution. When Pottermore got released a few weeks ago, Harry Potter fans all over the world rejoiced so I did a Storify on this pretty much straight away as Pottermore was taking over my own Twitter feed. The response to Pottermore was massive. The other small Storify I did was on the Man City v Wolves match a couple of weeks ago which left Wolves relegated to the Championship. Lots of football fans were tweeting and commenting about this so I thought it would be a good opportunity to write about something I don’t usually do. The most recent project I have created was on the new Disney Marvel film, Avengers Assemble which has been a long time coming. The press and public were very excited about this release, so on my Storify I discussed the run-up to the release.

So that’s all I’ve got for now! I might create another Storify when the winner of the London Mayor elections are announced.

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AOM 2012 #3

Okay, so, I’ve been given the green light for my restaurant finder/review addition to Toptable which will like up with Facebook and maybe Twitter as well (I think it might be a little more difficult on that site though so that might not be the best idea). Now it’s time to start doing my research.

In the next few posts I’ll be looking at sites were restaurant reviews can be held already such as Urbanspoon, Time Out and food magazines that host them as well as the success that other applications have had on Facebook such as the Guardian and Independent article readers.

Another thing I’ve been told I should think about is some sort of incentive that will spur restaurant goers to write mini reviews and give feedback so their friends and family can see where they have been and what they thought. This incentive will probably be money off of some kind where, if you input your thoughts you get £5 off your next bill or something like that.

Twitter

I signed up to Twitter about a year ago when everybody was hyping about it before I came to university. At that point, I hated it. I felt that it was pretty much dead compared to Facebook, where me and my friends could socialise and talk. Twitter at that point, to me, felt too ‘grown up’ I think.

During last summer though, when I was getting ready to come to university, I tried to start using it more, and started to follow people that were more involved in the media industry, but I still focussed on things that interested me. I started to follow magazine editors like Cosmopolitan’s Louise Court and Glamour’s Jo Elvin and publications like Kerrang and MTV, not realising still the importance of the news media on the site.

Looking back now, I don’t really know where I got my up to date news information from. Whenever I check Twitter during the day now, I have the big news companies right there, informing me of any breaking news or linking me to a bigger, more informative story. The New York Times, BBC Breaking, and The Guardian, are just a handful of the news media I follow.

I started to follow Paul Bradshaw after he replied to one of my tweets featuring one of his quotes, and have since read his blog post on ‘How Journalists Can Master Twitter‘, which has given me quite good ideas when looking at who to follow. He makes the point ‘The more people you follow on Twitter, the more likely you are to come across a lead or a useful contact,’ and highlights the fact that now, most news stories break first on the site.

I found the whole of this blog post very interesting and quite useful when looking at who to follow. I don’t now view Twitter as a poor attempt to be a social networking site (although I do sometimes use it for that purpose), but as an open door to making contacts and a constant updater of news.