Identifying networks City University, Magazines MA Lab 1, September 28, 2011
About me ● Editor, TheMediaBriefing.com ● Professional digital journalist since 2008 ● Cover the global media industry ● Primarily B2B (business-to-business) journalist ● But also music and food and... stuff ● Tweet as @psmith - please follow! ● Also on Delicious LinkedIn, Foursquare, Flickr, Spotify, Last.fm, Amazon, Word with Friends ... (search for patricksmithjournalist)
Networks-- This is not the future of journalism - its the present-- Understanding this will make you a better journalist andmore employable.-- Contacts, expertise and knowledge - in real-time-- It doesnt matter what medium you want to work in -this stuff will help you.-- Most importantly....
What is RSS?● Really simple syndication? It doesnt matter what you call it: ○ Its the most efficient, fastest way to get up to speed
Get a reader ● Google Reader (needs a Google account - you should probably have one anyway) - Google.com/reader ● Netnewswire, Reeder, Byline - good apps for iPad/iPhone/Mac
Adding sources 1. Go to Google.com/reader 2. Find a news source youre interest in 3. Find its RSS feed 4. Click "add a subscription" 5. Google reader can automatically add feeds just from the URLYou can also sort feeds into folder to makethem easier to read.Why not prioritise into "read now" and "read later"?
Word of warningEverything you say on Twitter is... ● Visible to the entire world and searchable through Google ● Can be seen by potential employers (and uni staff!) ● Could still be searchable even if you delete it.So... ● Dont say anything you wouldnt say in public ● Dont fail the Private Eye test ● Do be polite and do avoid insults ● Do have personality but do be professional
Getting started on Twitter 1. Get an account at Twitter.com 2. Choose a username thats available and not embarrassing 3. Er, thats it!Send a tweet!Talk to someone by putting @ and their username at the start of thetweet. e.g. "@psmith hi great lesson, nice one"That tweet only goes to people you and @psmith are both following.(put a full stop before the @ for it to go to your entire network.)Direct message someone by putting D and a space before theirusername e.g. "D psmith didnt really get that tip tbh, sorry, lolz"That tweet only goes to you and the recipient.
● Retweet someone (known as RT) ○ Either press the RT button (new style) ○ or manually copy and paste the tweet into the update box with "RT theirusername" at the start (old style) ○ Some Twitter programmes allow you to "quote tweet"● A useful tool is modified tweet (MT) which changes the tweet but keeps the meaning intact (be careful not to change too much)
Hashtags matterHashtags are the glue that holds Twitter togther. If youre interested in#xfactor, you tag your tweets with #xfactor.Then everyone else whos watching the show will see what youresaying.Hashtags can be: ● Places: countries, cities, towns, streets (#islington) ● Events: news stories (#jan25) ● Interests: games, music, food, professions etc etc... (#CityOJ)Use search.twitter.com to see what people are saying, and join theconversation.
Tweetdeck can help**other programmes are available, eg Hootsuite
Delicious bookmarksDelicious is your personal cuttings library you can alwaysaccess. Ive tagged 2k+ different things, I use it every day. 1. Go to Delicious.com and sign up 2. Find a story or web page you think might be useful to you later on at some point 3. Add it as a bookmark 4. Tag it with key words youll search for (spelled correctly)Think about installing a "bookmarklet" programme that lets yousave them just by pressing CTRL+D (or Apple+D) - see theDelicious help section for how to do it.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it.... ● Find your Delicious network’s RSS feed - and subscribe to it in Google Reader (and why not follow your colleagues feed) ● Find the RSS feed for items you bookmarked with a specific tag - and auto-tweet them using Twitterfeed (you may have to wait half an hour or so for it to check) ● Tweet a link and include a hashtag (e.g. #islington) to bookmark and tag them (assuming you have set up Packrati. us) ● Find the RSS feed for ‘shared items’ in Google Reader (these are individual pieces of news where you have clicked on the ‘share’ button - it helps if you’ve done this first). ● Use Twitterfeed to automatically tweet any item you share
Links● The Online Journalism assignment● http://psmithjournalist.com/resources● http://www.slideshare.net/patricksmithjournalist/