What to look out for before sharing stories from social media Videos and images from eyewitnesses shared on social media are often picked-up by news organisations to illustrate stories, or become a story themselves. But if this user-generated content (UGC) is not what it claims to be, what should news outlets look out for when coming across such videos or photos? Earlier this month, a video appearing to show a Syrian "hero boy" rescuing a girl from gunfire was uploaded to YouTube. It attracted the attention of media organisations including the BBC, where the UGC Hub assessed the video and found it to be too suspicious to share.
Connected TV: The New Battle for Your Living Room [INFOGRAPHIC] After years of false-starts and not-quite-there implementations, it appears that the connected TV revolution is upon us. Finally, consumers will have access to affordable technology that will let them access web content and content from their Macs or PCs from the comfort of the couch, without expensive HTPC setups or complicated software. The battle for the living room is finally here.
What’s the law around aggregating news online? A Harvard Law report on the risks and the best practices [So much of the web is built around aggregation — gathering together interesting and useful things from around the Internet and presenting them in new ways to an audience. It’s the foundation of blogging and social media. But it’s also the subject of much legal debate, particularly among the news organizations whose material is often what’s being gathered and presented. Kimberley Isbell of our friends the Citizen Media Law Project has assembled a terrific white paper on the current state of the law surrounding aggregation — what courts have approved, what they haven’t, and where the (many) grey areas still remain. Schools Tech Report - Better Learning Through Technology A lively and stimulating discussion took place in response to a series of questions. Contributions were welcome from all and the report pulls together the points made by those who shared their ideas and passions for ICT in learning in this consultation process. The wide-ranging online discussion was prompted by the Department for Education, with over 150 contributions and with various views of technology being shared.
Mum Facebook-shames guy taking selfie with Darth Vader A Melbourne mother, mistakenly believing that a guy was photographing her kids in a shopping centre, snapped a photo of him as he was "taking off" (also known as simply leaving a Target store). On 6 May, she posted the photo to Facebook with her description of the encounter with the "creep", saying that he'd been reported to management and police and that he'd be charged if he turned out to be a registered sex offender. After hundreds of shares, the news of his public shaming finally reached the so-called "creep", who turns out to have been publicly maligned over innocent behavior. By the time the post was shared 20,000 times, he had received death threats and was considering his legal options, he told Daily Mail Australia under condition of anonymity.
Twitter and The Apprentice – some quick observations Posted by Roo - 12/10/10 at 12:10:19 pm I wrote last year about the ‘data flood’ that confronts you if you try to watch what everyone on Twitter is saying about the Apprentice. Well, it’s back, and more talked about than ever. This isn’t surprising of course. Twitter has grown a lot since March last year, and people will always talk about what’s on television. Mobile phone bans improve school exam results, research shows Schools that ban pupils from carrying mobile phones show a sustained improvement in exam results, with the biggest advances coming from struggling students, according to research published by the London School of Economics. The findings calculated that pupils at mobile-free schools benefitted by the equivalent of an extra hour’s teaching per week, meaning many schools would benefit from taking a tough line on keeping phones out of pupils’ pockets. The large-scale study found schools in Birmingham, London, Leicester and Manchester that banned mobiles enjoyed a boost in the proportion of pupils getting five good passes at GCSE, compared with schools that allowed pupils to keep their phones, even if switched off. Richard Murphy, one of the co-authors of the paper, said that the distraction and low-level disruption caused by pupils having mobile phones in school appeared to be behind the results.
Aleks Krotoski : [NPOX10] The Cult of Me: a primer for broadcasters This is the text of my keynote from the NPOX10 Festival, held in September 2010 in Hilversum, Holland Hello and thank you for inviting me to open this exciting two-day event. I am speaking to you as a woman who wears several hats, including the two that I’m going to focus on today: I am a social psychologist with a particular interest in how information, attitudes and behaviours spread around the Web, and I am a broadcaster and journalist with an interest in the intersection between digital – or ‘interactive’ – media and traditional – or ‘passive’ – media. I like to think that the two hats have a special kind of synergy: an under-the-hood understanding of what makes information influential and compelling, combined with an understanding of the broad library of new pipelines you can tell stories with. Because after all – whether you’re involved in drama, current affairs, entertainment, sports or news – what you as broadcasters are is storytellers.
6 Social Media Templates to Save You Hours of Work Social media is a relatively new tool for most businesses. This means that, unlike many other marketing tools, when people begin to build out social media for their business, they’re starting from scratch. They haven’t created social media strategies before or they don’t know what questions to ask for a social media audit, and finding out can be both difficult and time consuming. That’s where we come in.
Tumbled Logic - Widget, it’s got a widget… < The assorted witterings of Mo McRoberts Widget, it’s got a widget… The third revision of the Apple TV is out (the second revision was a minor bump relatively early-on in its lifespan), Google launched the proper publicity materials for the impending Google TV, the Boxee Box is due to land any day now, Project Canvas has become YouView, and when consumer electronics manufacturers aren’t breathlessly trying to tell you about how 3DTV will save television (not that it’s clear that it actually needs saving), they’re breathlessly trying to tell you how “Connected” devices (what, you thought your TV was plugged into something already? shame on you!) will save television, mostly by way of the marvels of “widgets” and “apps”.
14 essential social media collaboration tools Just the other day, peeking into the social media schedule here at Buffer, I noticed that it was full of wonderfully-worded, completely click-worthy, queued posts—posts that I spent zero time writing or adding. Such is the beauty of collaborating together on social media sharing. Taking a team approach to filling a queue or managing a social channel is a splendid way of saving time on social media. You don’t have to do it all yourself. Others have amazing ideas and content to share. And of course, having the smoothest tools makes social media collaboration even easier.