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Monday Musings: Social Media IS Going Away

Welcome to your monday, here are some musings for the week of February 22nd.

Kicking off the week with a cracker from a good friend of mine, Mr Jeff Pulver.

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In this video, (origin) filmed during the Real Time discussion at DLD10 which was held on January 25, 2010 in Munich, Germany, Jeff discusses the way that social media IS going away.

Other cracking reads this week include:

Read about how Facebook Mobile Is Now Bigger Than Twitter from Mr Brian Solis

Find out how 30 publishers are charging for online content from the gentleman Neville Hobson

A thoroughly insightful read from my friend and Ex-Boss John Bell on The Psychology of Influence and Sharing

And to round-up your Monday, get further accustomed with TheWayoftheWeb, and look into whether PR should pay bloggers to post?

That little lot should keep you occupied till Tuesday! Enjoy – J.

The Rise of The Eco-Kid

Pester power is reaching ever increasing heights, no longer is it restricted to the supermarket isle over what cereal contains which toy (how I miss those parent/child debates, don’t even get me started on the Kinder Egg fiasco of ’93).

Increasingly what kids are learning in school is now filtering into the house, gone are the days of the time old question from mum’s across the nation “what did you learn in school today?” – kids are telling them strait out – and not pulling any punches, particularly around green issues.

Lessons packed full of hydro-electric-biodegradable-recycled knowledge is bursting out of the classroom and into the living room as kids begin to educate parents about how to become more eco-friendly.

Persil recently conducted some research which showed kids are becoming increasingly more aware about issues of the environment than their parents. They are now running a nationwide search to harness this pester power, with a slightly better reward than a half eaten box of bran-flakes, in the shape of a £3000 Eco-Home Makeover – not too shabby!

They are encouraging kids to make a video of how they are making their home more environmentally friendly, or their ideas for how we can live more eco-aware. You can view the submissions here and I have included the intro video below from the Lovely Phillipa Forrester (you may remember her from Tomorrow’s World?)

Happy eco-movie-making – thoughts on a postcard…

London Twestival Sells Out… Twits, Texts and Tequila

Twestival Logo

amiando – LONDON TWESTIVAL – London – Shoreditch Studios – @twestival.

So this week the first 500 tickets for the second London Twestival went on sale, and you guessed it Sold Out. (Kind of give away in the title of the post I Know but come on, you wouldn’t be reading otherwise).

Twestival London is described thus:

On 12 February 2009 100+ cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

Join us by hosting a Twestival in your city, attending an event, or participating online.

The Twestival is organized 100% by volunteers in cities around the world and 100% of the money rais

ed from these events will go directly to supportcharity: water projects.

In September 2008, a group of Twitterers based in London UK decided to organise an event where the local Twitter community could socialize offline; meet the faces behind the avatars, enjoy some entertainment, have a few drinks and tie this in with a food drive and fundraising effort for a local homeless charity.

The bulk of the event was organized in under two weeks, via Twitter and utilized the talents and financial support of the local Twittersphere to make this happen.

Around the world similar stories started appearing of local Twitter communities coming together and taking action for a great cause. Twestival was born out of the idea that if cities were able to collaborate on an international scale, but working from a local level, it could have a spectacular impact.

By rallying together globally, under short timescales, for a single aim on the same day, the Twestival hopes to bring awareness to this global crisis.

Great stuff… All well and good. People who like a thing, get together and chat about that thing and raise some money for a great charity along the way.

However… (and please don’t come down too hard on me for this because, I personally don’t have a problem with it) Why would an online community, one that is largely made up of lots of people connected purely via the internet (at least is my @jamespoulter follow list is anything to go by) want to meet up offline and discuss… what? Exactly. Of course, a networking opportunity. Or a dating chance, or just an option for twitterholics to get out of the house. Either way. Just still seems all a little odd that the unknown little app of a year ago, a truely niché product-come-mainstream is bringing people truely together. I leave that debate to you.

As a way of closing, let me also direct your attention to the ticket facility that twestival are using – namely – amiando .

 

A great online ticket management/event management tool, allowing you to set up an event, sell tickets, post your purchase to Facebook using FacebookConnect. Great tool, easy to use.  So well done. Let me know if you are going. If they release more slots, then I’ll see you there, work out what all the fuss is about…

To blog or not to blog… That’s not the question

As we plunge head first into the new year, us online inhabitants will inevitable take stock of our online habits. In the same way we way up the decision to switch toothpaste brand, or washing powder, our online domains often feel like they need a shake up. If you are like me then you may be feeling nostalgic about ning, or tired of twitter, or unmoved by MovableType, and feeling the need to refresh your blogging habits. But how in the vast wilderness that is the inter-web do we make a decision where to log our thoughts, feelings and news?

Well this week some research from the good folks at Pingdom may be able to help that digital move. By using the Technorati Top 100, they weighed up which blogs used which services, and came up with some great insights…

 

The Top Blog Platforms

The Top Blog Platforms

I personally, as you can see use WordPress, (WordPress.com Hosted as I’m a cheapskate and refuse to pay yet more hosting fees…) However it seems I am not alone in this amongst the blogging elite, 5 of which use the service, however this sticks WordPress.com blogs way down the list.

It seems far more of the powerbloggers and tweeters of the web use self-hosted WordPress based sites, which is logical for the amount of traffic and content that they host, and due to many being liked to corporate sites. A good point from Ian @technorati illustrates this – 

“We don’t publish stats about it officially but the numbers skew even more strongly towards WordPress as you expand down the long tail. Not a diss on WordPress but I suspect the number of hosting services that support WordPress (and in general support PHP+MySQL) accounts for much of the popularity; folks will opt for whatever is easiest on their ISP arrangement.”

It seems to me that there is no bearing on how popular a blog is due to which service or platform it uses, and that i suppose is the key point. For those of us that trawl the blogosphere day in day out, we are looking for great content, ideas, passions and nuances. Things that sup rise and engage, and hopefully sometimes shock. But there definitely is something to be said for aesthetics, usability and ease on the eye. No-one wants to feel like they are having their frontal cortex gouged out with a blunt spoon just to read about another twitter application, regardless of how cute or clever it is.

A sign of the Times… but who will pay the price?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jan/05/the-times-raises-weekday-price-to-90p

The Times today will be hitting newshelves across the nation at the price of 90pence a copy… Questions start to rumble in my digital mind as we see yet another broadsheet upping the cover price to match the Telegraphs Q4 price rise.

So it begs to question,  if 2008 was the year the bank s collapsed, could 2009 finally see of an already long suffering print journalism industry, or at least kneecap a few fledgling titles? The Times’ Online web prescense (www.timesonline.co.uk) will surely keep the brand alive, long into the next decade (unless Murdoch’s cronies really do dessert him), but how much life is left for the print version?

Answers on a postcard…

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7.5 Minutes of Dark

Packed in tight
Faces knit with early morning woes
Others enraptured by tabloid poetry
A select few in broadsheet prose
As we descend in to our 7.5 minutes of black
Between walls never seen
Staring dully back
At commuting communities
Whose names not even they know
Track lights flicker
Shuttled forward in to their days
Disgorged into the light unchanged
Wishing they had arrived quicker