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I’ve written about social media here more than I’d probably like to admit.
These social networking sites are transforming the way we receive our news and information. There’s no secret there.
But they keep popping up, so much so that I’ve stopped joining them, because I never know when enough’s enough.
Newspapers are still figuring out the power of the conversation, and some say that media in general is covering social media more than they are using them. It just seems no one seems interested in deciding what is worth anyone’s time.
The real lesson is that social networking and other media are tools, plainly and simply. Not all are good for everyone.
Continue reading The state of social networking: what site is the best, the worst, a waste
I was interested to cover the convergence of social networks and fine arts institutions in a story running in today’s Inquirer. While it focuses on Philadelphia examples, there are broader implications, I think.
On Valentine’s Day, Pennsylvania Ballet staff members stood in the Merriam Theater’s lobby handing out coasters that bore what might have seemed a strange suggestion coming from an arts organization: Go to our YouTube channel.
What the mostly graying matinee audience made of the invitation to an online video-sharing site is unclear. What is clear is that the Pennsylvania Ballet is not alone in lusting after online social-network users.
The Kimmel Center has a Flickr photostream. The Curtis Institute of Music is on LinkedIn. The Arden Theatre and the Franklin Institute use Twitter. The Philadelphia Orchestra has a MySpace page. Read the rest here.
Go read the story and comment, Digg it here, and then come back and see the extras that didn’t make it into print.
Continue reading Inquirer: Philadelphia's fine arts and social media
I got a comment from “Mike” on a post early last month.
Interesting post. Curious on why you say “MySpace is lame.” I read recently that MySpace is among the most-visited Web sites with over 1b visits per month…
Of course he is right. MySpace remains one of the most popular Web sites in the world. I have a MySpace profile page, too. So why do I still contend it’s one of the lamest sites on the Internet?
Continue reading Why MySpace sucks, is lame: its shortcomings and possibilities
You’re a member of a dozen or more social networking sites. Same goes for someone you’ve never met but know online, professionally or otherwise. When does that online relationship get weird?
I’ve never met Greg Linch.
He’s the editor at large for online and multimedia at The Miami Hurricane, the student newspaper pf the University of Miami. On my side of things, I’m fresh out of the setting of another large, celebrated college newspaper with a recent flurry of multimedia interest: The Temple News, of Temple University in big, beautiful Philadelphia.
So, in the small circles of young, Web interested journalists, Linch and I have professionally crossed paths. Things went and got serious when we started following each other on Twitter.
Continue reading Your best friend (online): how many social networking relationships make love?
MySpace is lame, so how come many journalists are on the site and, as I posted recently, I now have a MySpace page too?
In last week’s post, I described it largely as just another front in the world over branding my name online.
Others see it for slightly different purposes.
MSNBC commentator and Philadelphia Daily News editorial board member Flavia Colgan has a page. I can only speculate, but, judging from what she shares on her page, I suspect she sees it as an easy way to help brand her identity – her name, her position and her work.
Continue reading How a journalist can best use MySpace
As of last week, Chris Wink is on MySpace.
The first comment I got came from one of my oldest friends: “Wow, you are Sellout Central recently!” Surely noting my July foray into Facebook and other social networking experiences of late. I was a long hold out, interested in their function but critical of their effects and bored with their benefits.
Brian James Kirk, a journalist I know, has a MySpace page that ranks higher in Google searches than his Web site or other professional work. Such a frustration can cause “brain hemorrhaging.” That’s for sure, which is why many people hide or at least veil their identities, particularly on MySpace – the creepiest of all social networking for anyone over 16.
Continue reading Check me out on MySpace: why I am selling out