Social Networking for Journalists

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Social Networking for Journalists

  1. 1. FLOW COMMUNICATIONS | WEB DEVELOPMENT | DESIGN | JOURNALISM | MEDIA TRAINING Social networking and bookmarking for journalistic purposes 26 August 2008
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Defining social networking and bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of sites </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Stumbleupon </li></ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Youtube </li></ul>
  3. 3. Definitions
  4. 4. Definitions <ul><li>Social networking: is the grouping of individuals together into to specific groups, often using online networking services. </li></ul><ul><li>People have always social networked but the internet has opened up ways of doing it globally </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking: is a way of sharing, storing, organising, searching, and managing web pages on the internet </li></ul>
  5. 5. Overview
  6. 6. Overview of sites <ul><li>We will be looking at the following sites and their usefulness for journalists: </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr: www.flickr.com </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: www.facebook.com </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: www.twitter.com </li></ul><ul><li>Stumbleupon: www.stumbleupon.com </li></ul><ul><li>Digg: http://digg.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Youtube: www.youtube.com </li></ul>
  7. 7. Flickr
  8. 8. Flickr continued <ul><li>A photo-sharing website </li></ul><ul><li>Lets you search for images, connect with photographers and join groups about specific interests </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul><ul><li>Search for photos related to your story </li></ul><ul><li>Put you in touch with photographers, and potential sources </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons ( www.creativecommons.org ): Many Flickr users offer their work under a Creative Commons license, saying upfront whether or not you can use their pictures </li></ul>
  9. 9. Facebook
  10. 10. Facebook continued <ul><li>One of the most popular social networking services in the world: over 100 million people have joined facebook! </li></ul><ul><li>Networks: Regional, national and interest group based. Eg: South Africa, Wits University, TAC support group, fans of “Freshly Ground” </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul><ul><li>Search for groups related to your story </li></ul><ul><li>Put you in touch with sources </li></ul><ul><li>Search for events </li></ul>
  11. 11. Twitter
  12. 12. Twitter continued <ul><ul><li>a service for groups to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one question: what are you doing now? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for and add people to “follow”, people may also follow you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer group to access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick opinion polls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tracking interest and trends </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Stumbleupon
  14. 14. Stumbleupon continued <ul><li>helps you discover and share great websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Randomly or through groups </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tracking interest and trends </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Digg
  16. 16. Digg Continued <ul><li>Peer review mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Share information and sites </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tracking interest and trends </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Youtube
  18. 18. Youtube Continued <ul><li>Finding videos </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing videos </li></ul><ul><li>Video comments </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul><ul><li>Finding content and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Audio-visual research </li></ul>

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