#umflint24: A Day in the Life in "A Day in the Life"

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#umflint24: A Day in the Life in "A Day in the Life"

  1. 1. #umflint24A Day in the Lifeof “A Day in the Life”Friday, June 7, 13
  2. 2. 10.11.12The University of Michigan-Flintembarked on its first 24-hourphoto project.12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.Photos captured with Twitter,Instagram, and Flickr.2Friday, June 7, 13
  3. 3. We weren’t the first to capture“a day in the life,” but our successes andchallenges were our own.3Friday, June 7, 13
  4. 4. In which we discuss:Motivation and goalsPlanning and promotionWhat we builtHighlightsComplicationsLessons learnedPlans for the future4Friday, June 7, 13
  5. 5. “Help us tell the UM-Flint storybecause you are the UM-Flint story.”5Friday, June 7, 13
  6. 6. Some background• UM-Flint is traditionally acommuter campus with fewestablished traditions.• The university has a largepopulation of non-traditionalstudents, who don’t oftenparticipate in campus events.• UM-Flint is deeply rooted in thecommunity of Flint, Michigan.6Friday, June 7, 13
  7. 7. Engage all students in a single,unifying experience.7Friday, June 7, 13
  8. 8. Connect students, faculty, staff,alumni, and community members.8Friday, June 7, 13
  9. 9. Combine many voices to tell the storyof the University of Michigan-Flint.9Friday, June 7, 13
  10. 10. “Post your photos to Instagram,Twitter, or Flickr and tag them#umflint24”Facebook postsTweetsPosters300 info cards on lanyards at theWelcome Back PicnicPromotion10Friday, June 7, 13
  11. 11. Posted on September 10 | ~400 views before the event11Friday, June 7, 13
  12. 12. Emails to all departments, andselect faculty, staff, and studentsSchedule of events andhappenings for the 24-hour-periodUniversity Relations staffscheduled around the clockPreparation12Friday, June 7, 13
  13. 13. University Relations schedule snapshot13Friday, June 7, 13
  14. 14. We have the technology!14Friday, June 7, 13
  15. 15. 15The tech stuff.Pulled photos tagged #umflint24 usingTwitter, Flickr, and Instagram APIs, andused Javascript to pull images into the web page.Date, time, and description were pulled in for each photo. Date and time wereused to divide by hour.When load times suffered, implemented AJAX to load one page at a time.Friday, June 7, 13
  16. 16. The build-up.16Friday, June 7, 13
  17. 17. The build-up.• 8 p.m.Posted reminders to Facebook and Twitter16Friday, June 7, 13
  18. 18. The build-up.• 8 p.m.Posted reminders to Facebook and Twitter• 10 p.m.Redirected umflint.edu/umflint24 from the descriptionpage to the live page, and waited.16Friday, June 7, 13
  19. 19. The build-up.• 8 p.m.Posted reminders to Facebook and Twitter• 10 p.m.Redirected umflint.edu/umflint24 from the descriptionpage to the live page, and waited.• 11:55 p.m.Eeeeeeeeeeeh!16Friday, June 7, 13
  20. 20. The build-up.• 8 p.m.Posted reminders to Facebook and Twitter• 10 p.m.Redirected umflint.edu/umflint24 from the descriptionpage to the live page, and waited.• 11:55 p.m.Eeeeeeeeeeeh!• 12:05 a.m.My naively planned bedtime.16Friday, June 7, 13
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  22. 22. The morning.18Friday, June 7, 13
  23. 23. The morning.• 12:30 a.m.First hiccup. Photos were inconsistent between “All”and “12AM” views. ITS fixed the issue within 20minutes.18Friday, June 7, 13
  24. 24. The morning.• 12:30 a.m.First hiccup. Photos were inconsistent between “All”and “12AM” views. ITS fixed the issue within 20minutes.• 1 a.m.Bedtime.18Friday, June 7, 13
  25. 25. The morning.• 12:30 a.m.First hiccup. Photos were inconsistent between “All”and “12AM” views. ITS fixed the issue within 20minutes.• 1 a.m.Bedtime.• 5 a.m.Up and at ‘em!18Friday, June 7, 13
  26. 26. And then things blew up.19Friday, June 7, 13
  27. 27. Meet Tim.20Friday, June 7, 13
  28. 28. 5 a.m.21Friday, June 7, 13
  29. 29. Alaina (5:48 a.m.):Also, it looks like some/most of Melissas photos arent showing upon the page (hopefully other people arent having the sameproblem). Is it something about the photo service shes using?Heres an example: http://twitter.yfrog.com/moh7rhrj.5 a.m.21Friday, June 7, 13
  30. 30. Alaina (5:48 a.m.):Also, it looks like some/most of Melissas photos arent showing upon the page (hopefully other people arent having the sameproblem). Is it something about the photo service shes using?Heres an example: http://twitter.yfrog.com/moh7rhrj.Tim (5:49 a.m.):Why is she using yfrog? Hmmmm. I wonder if it isnt workingbecause she isnt using twitters native photo service. 5 a.m.21Friday, June 7, 13
  31. 31. Alaina (5:48 a.m.):Also, it looks like some/most of Melissas photos arent showing upon the page (hopefully other people arent having the sameproblem). Is it something about the photo service shes using?Heres an example: http://twitter.yfrog.com/moh7rhrj.Tim (5:49 a.m.):Why is she using yfrog? Hmmmm. I wonder if it isnt workingbecause she isnt using twitters native photo service. Alaina (5:51 a.m.):Im guessing that whatever Twitter app shes using on her phoneuses yfrog. Shes got a really old crappy Droid and Im not surewhat app is on it. Oh, and good morning! I thought you were sleeping in.5 a.m.21Friday, June 7, 13
  32. 32. Alaina (5:48 a.m.):Also, it looks like some/most of Melissas photos arent showing upon the page (hopefully other people arent having the sameproblem). Is it something about the photo service shes using?Heres an example: http://twitter.yfrog.com/moh7rhrj.Tim (5:49 a.m.):Why is she using yfrog? Hmmmm. I wonder if it isnt workingbecause she isnt using twitters native photo service. Alaina (5:51 a.m.):Im guessing that whatever Twitter app shes using on her phoneuses yfrog. Shes got a really old crappy Droid and Im not surewhat app is on it. Oh, and good morning! I thought you were sleeping in.Tim (5:55 a.m.):Trying but you keep vibrating my phone. :) if twitters API only seespic.twitter photos as photos then we wont see any that are postedvia yfrog5 a.m.21Friday, June 7, 13
  33. 33. Meet Joel and Donald.22Friday, June 7, 13
  34. 34. 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.23Friday, June 7, 13
  35. 35. Alaina (7:47 a.m.):You are going to hate me by the end of the day. Some of the timesin the morning aren’t showing any photos at all. Maybe you’reworking on it and so it’s being buggy?7 a.m. - 8 a.m.23Friday, June 7, 13
  36. 36. Alaina (7:47 a.m.):You are going to hate me by the end of the day. Some of the timesin the morning aren’t showing any photos at all. Maybe you’reworking on it and so it’s being buggy?Donald (7:50 a.m.):Should be now. You probably caught it while I was uploading thenew version.  I just changed our requests to API up to 500 for each.This will probably need to be changed again but we will spare loadtimes for now. 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.23Friday, June 7, 13
  37. 37. Alaina (7:47 a.m.):You are going to hate me by the end of the day. Some of the timesin the morning aren’t showing any photos at all. Maybe you’reworking on it and so it’s being buggy?Donald (7:50 a.m.):Should be now. You probably caught it while I was uploading thenew version.  I just changed our requests to API up to 500 for each.This will probably need to be changed again but we will spare loadtimes for now. Alaina (7:50 a.m.):There are still a bunch missing. There were probably around 40 inthe 12AM time period and it’s only showing one.7 a.m. - 8 a.m.23Friday, June 7, 13
  38. 38. Alaina (7:47 a.m.):You are going to hate me by the end of the day. Some of the timesin the morning aren’t showing any photos at all. Maybe you’reworking on it and so it’s being buggy?Donald (7:50 a.m.):Should be now. You probably caught it while I was uploading thenew version.  I just changed our requests to API up to 500 for each.This will probably need to be changed again but we will spare loadtimes for now. Alaina (7:50 a.m.):There are still a bunch missing. There were probably around 40 inthe 12AM time period and it’s only showing one.Donald (8:01 a.m.):Ok I added another filter to the twitter feed call and that allowedmore requests. Twitter is limiting us to 100 results per pull. I believeI will be able to increase this. We should be good until I can get intowork. 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.23Friday, June 7, 13
  39. 39. 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.24Friday, June 7, 13
  40. 40. Alaina (8:35 a.m.):Okee dokee. Not sure what is going on, but now Instagram photosthat were showing up in the time breakdowns aren’t there anymore.I counted about 30-40 Instagram photos that should be in the12AM block that aren’t there.8 a.m. - 9 a.m.24Friday, June 7, 13
  41. 41. Alaina (8:35 a.m.):Okee dokee. Not sure what is going on, but now Instagram photosthat were showing up in the time breakdowns aren’t there anymore.I counted about 30-40 Instagram photos that should be in the12AM block that aren’t there.Donald (8:41 a.m.):Same problem as twitter. Gonna call Joel and walk him through thefix.8 a.m. - 9 a.m.24Friday, June 7, 13
  42. 42. 7 p.m.25Friday, June 7, 13
  43. 43. Joel (6:55 p.m.):Hey guys, I just updated the code that processes the twitter feed.  I checkedand it definitely wasnt pulling in all the images.  There should be aton more images coming in for the early hours now (around 200more as of now)…  Total images at this moment between all sources: 1013.  I wouldsay it was a success.  Congrats! :)7 p.m.25Friday, June 7, 13
  44. 44. #umflint2426Friday, June 7, 13
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  57. 57. Giant baby head.39Friday, June 7, 13
  58. 58. Photos submitted: 1,475Unique users: 253871 unique visitors, from 10 countries and 20 states#umflint24 on Twitter: 764 tweets (average 31.83/hour), 67 retweetsUnique reach of tweets and RTs: 78,156 usersThe numbers.40Friday, June 7, 13
  59. 59. Lessons.41Friday, June 7, 13
  60. 60. Testing conditions willnot match actualconditions.Be ready. (Not that you can be.)42Friday, June 7, 13
  61. 61. Testing conditions willnot match actualconditions.Be ready. (Not that you can be.)Joel:During initial testing of the APIs,there were not enough imagesavailable to load-test the limits oncontent being served per call... Itwas determined that multiple callsto the APIs would be needed for allimages to be pulled in correctly.With multiple API calls now beingprocessed, end user load timessuffered.42Friday, June 7, 13
  62. 62. Be sure tech/webstaff are available.We didn’t take this measure. Wegot lucky.43Friday, June 7, 13
  63. 63. Assume you will workmost of/all of/morethan 24 hours.Because you’ll want to.44Friday, June 7, 13
  64. 64. Is email a goodoption?How will email photos beposted? Organized?And when do you get to leaveyour desk?45Friday, June 7, 13
  65. 65. Don’t expect to leaveyour desk.If you are handling social mediaor web updates during your 24-hour project, you may not get tobe part of the photo-taking fun.46Friday, June 7, 13
  66. 66. Stream moderation.The option to moderate thephoto stream is important.Set clear parameters for whatshould be removed.47Friday, June 7, 13
  67. 67. Use those photos!You’ll be amazed at what anInstagram filter can do.48Friday, June 7, 13
  68. 68. For next time.New web address (umflint.edu/umflint24? What about 24.umflint.edu?)Push data into a database first, allowing for filtering and better performanceIncorporate non-photo content49Friday, June 7, 13
  69. 69. More examples.50Friday, June 7, 13
  70. 70. flickr.com/uwgbadmissionsUW Green Bay#GB1DAY 51Friday, June 7, 13
  71. 71. oswego.edu/about/24SUNY Oswego#24hoursinphotos 52Friday, June 7, 13
  72. 72. LaSalle University#LASALLE150lasalle.edu/lasalle15053Friday, June 7, 13
  73. 73. UW-Madison#UWRightNowuwrightnow.wisc.edu54Friday, June 7, 13
  74. 74. University of Pennsylvania#penndayinlifeupenn.edu/dayinlife55Friday, June 7, 13
  75. 75. Radboud University#24Radboudwww2.ru.nl/radboundinbeeld/24hr/index.php56Friday, June 7, 13
  76. 76. Resources“#Alaina24: A Day in the Life of a “Day in the Life”http://alainawiens.com/2012/10/26/alaina24“Days of our lives in photos: worth much more than 1,000 words”LINK, by Tim Nekritzhttp://link.highedweb.org/2012/02/days-of-our-lives-in-photos-worth-much-more-than-1000-words/57Friday, June 7, 13
  77. 77. Questions?Alaina Wiens@alainawiensalainawiens.comalainawiens@gmail.com58Friday, June 7, 13

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