Category Archives: Social Media

social media from egypt on the beeb

For those over at en3177: Here’s a web feed of the BBC: live video, with a text crawl at the bottom, and a text stream on the left made up of email, BBC reporter, and Twitter. The email and twitter streams are filtered by BBC editors, but the important matter is that the streams are running in parallel.

The Beeb also sets up to allow viewers to post the page to twitter, facebook, email, and other social media sites.

[Insert your favorite “significance of weblogs, wikis, and social media” cliché here.]

weblogs and wikis week 2: an empathetic repurposing

Here’s an extended work for Weblogs and Wikis – a repurposing as a blog essay with embedded vids and links, by ebinkert: The Empathic Civilisation and Social Networks, addressing “the connections between social networks the need to belong and empathy.” Well selected videos and linked sources. The two videos connect on a communicative level: they both tell stories by evolving drawings. Here’s ebinkert’s point, where he connects his work with Rettberg,

If McLuhan is right and technology is an extension of our biological self, then social networks could have the ability to create family like bonds on a global scale. Lets make a leap of faith and say its possible to create a global family. By necessity the bonds of this new family would need to be weak. Strong bonds on a global scale are simply a numerical impossibility. How much sway would weak bond empathy have and could a social network connect people enough to encourage empathic sociability?

But here’s where ebinkert opens into social media, weblogs, YouTube publication, digital identities, and others and invistes comments and further consideration – and you do have to watch both videos to get it:

The specific scene in the above clip where the camera cuts to the crowed and the music changes and we see people in tears did you feel different? Did the tears give the video more impact? If you followed the artist on Twitter would that have made a difference? Why do videos of people getting hurt get tagged as funny? How can movies like Jackass exist if empathy is so strong?

It’s easy to respond to this repurposing-as-participatory essay with Oohs! and Awws! but while it’s harder to to respond to the ideas eric is raising – how social networks create or maintain empathy –  it’s more rewarding.

a decorum of twitter on the way

Twitter is already writing its history in a collective 140 Characters. Also on the horizon is a style guide to for the short form, to be published as an iPhone app and a pdf.

Style guides seem to follow a couple of years after the new mode is introduced, and are a good sign that the mode is maturing. Of course, a strong background in rhetoric makes style guides less valuable, but they do spell out the decorum of the context – again, a sign that the mode has matured. They invite others to play along.

I’m watching for the guide.

bird *here*

I’m starting to pull things together for the E-Rhetoric course that starts in January, so a twitter from Anne that Brightkite was in open beta came at the right moment.

I’m a latercomer to the service, so much of this has been said before. At root, Brightkite is like Twitter but centered on location information: the where just as much as the what. Less bird here than bird here. When a user checks in, they make their location available to others nearby. And that allows for face to face contact and flash mobbing.

The service also has built-in photo sharing, which opens the message up to more than 160 characters. That visual channel makes a difference.

It’s integrated with Twitter, so that posting to Brightkite will also post a location and a link to the photo to the twitterstream. Need to be careful with that feature; it can create a lot of noise on Twitter. (Of course, Brightkite also has a Twitter account, so you can follow them.)

It has the usual friends network set up, and will send notifications vie email or text.

Some older mentions:

lauren’s library blog » brightkite and twitter

Brightkite: Twitter + Maps + Photos – Joe Lazarus

Matt Thommes / Customize Brightkite-to-Twitter updates

Hands on with Brightkite: real-world social networking

A Peek At Brightkite For the iPhone

and of course

Brightkite Wants to Win the Mobile Social Network Battle

One interesting marketing feature is the Brightkite Wall. It streams Brightkite activity to a browser that can be set as full screen. The persuasive element is the banner encouraging viewers to send text messages that will appear on the wall – without having to register.

But there are some prosaic uses for all this in mobile learning. Students out exploring can trace where they’ve been and where they are, which makes it possible to focus content sent to them. And the wall allows everyone in a cohort see where everyone else is. That says flash mob gorilla theater.

So far, I’m finding Brightkite more interesting to play with than Twitter. Pulling together act, place, and image is pretty compelling. I’ll run it past the E-Rhetoric students and see what they can come up with.

it’s about the mirror

080626 - 338/365Just a quick couple of quotations from Mike Wrech in a talk at the Library of Congress on YouTubers:

“You can say that this is all hype, that this is just people dancing and having fun, but think about what they’re dancing in front of. They’re dancing in front of about a billion boxes in places all over the world that are networked together, and [they] are allowing us to connect in ways we’ve never connected before. …”


Instead of going off on some solitary journey to “find themselves,” these YouTubers are trying different performances for an online audience and making changes based on feedback from the crowd. “Instead of finding self,” he said, “it’s creating self.”

[From Wired Campus: Anthropology Professor, Now a YouTube Star, Says Web Video Can Help People Craft Their Identities –]

Each video posted, each blog entry, becomes a site for conversation as Tubers and bloggers recast themselves.