According to Paul Schneider, more people are getting involved in online communities than initially thought.
Ranting about poor service via social media is commonplace, which is why it should be dealt with carefully.
Great examples of informative infographics created at the Washington Post.
This blog by Martin Belam sums up the situation faced by many community managers, many of the people writing comments are not engaging their brains. It’s a very amusing read which will strike a chord with anyone who has been moderating online communities. I have been moderating and banning for 15 years and it never ceases to amaze me what people think is reasonable. I’m also amused when people criticise other people’s spelling and grammar when their own is far from perfect.
Foursquare’s news tip list feature was used by the Wall Street Journal to highlight the locations of evacuation centres during hurricane Irene.
Context to the Tweet or be sacked comments from Peter Horrocks and Raju Narisetti. Journalists should tweet but need to understand how it can work to help them, as well as drive traffic to their sites. It’s all about the conversation and interaction.
This is a note within Facebook from the Facebook for journalists page. It is crowdsourced information about how journalists crowdsource on Facebook. That’s META
Tags: Editor's Weblog, Elizabeth Redman, foursquare, media, networking, Newspapers, social
For some time now I have been pondering the point of FourSquare.
I joined the sit and started checking in with gusto in December 2009. However, I found myself becoming underwhelmed rather quickly.
I was also uncomfortable broadcasting my location, especially after seeing the state of my Facebook and Twitter feeds after a shopping trip to London.
When the website Please Rob Me appeared with its constantly updating list of tweeted Foursquare updates, it didn’t surprise me.
Since December I have given it a try a couple of times, without Tweeting locations, but the game hasn’t grabbed my attention and I couldn’t see wider application for it at this stage.
Redman quite rightly points out Foursquare is a great way to link up with venues for reviews and reader offers.
Canadian newspaper Metro has joined with Foursquare to link editorial content to locations and send alerts out to subscribers/friends.
Reading this I can see the potential for local newspapers, linking reader offers with a Foursquare to do list. The difficulty is grabbing advertisers’ imaginations.
Something I keep reminding myself is how I didn’t “get” Twitter or Facebook in the early days.
Even now many of my colleagues can’t see the point of using social media to drive traffic to our newspapers’ websites and interact with a wider audience.
But, there is hope as the advertising sales people are starting to ask about using Twitter and Facebook. After all, these sites are our fourth and seventh biggest referrers.
Additional (March 13, 2010) : I am still playing with Foursquare and have become mayor of two locations. There is a long way to go before its potential is realised in the UK.