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  • kypine 3:39 am on May 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: client projects, relationships, social technologies   

    Social Media Projects and Relationships 

    In working on our client social media plan I have been struggling with defining what the relationship is I want to promote with my plan.  I find the relationship aspect less exciting than the potential a social media tool would have as a resource both for my museum’s stakeholders and a wider audience.  What type of relationship is a collective research project, say like wikipedia promoting?  It doesn’t jive with my idea of a social relationship.   If these tools can be successful (and I’d say wikipedia is) sans relatioships, do we need to plan for relationships, or for intended use?

    • ninaksimon 3:24 pm on May 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I think the relationship is “we’re a bunch of people building something together. Everyone is equal here, and you can do as much or as little as you want.” A wiki is very similar to a group project – you’re even seeing that now straddling the exhibit project across a wiki and real-life project coordinating.

      Also, the relationship of the wiki creator is something like, “I will make this space available for you, comfortable to use, and we will have rules governing how things get here and are removed. I will keep things in order and encourage you on, but mostly, you are in control.”

      Does this make sense?

  • Erin Milbeck Wilcox 5:42 am on April 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Music, platform, social technologies,   


    Just to get in the mindset of choosing a direction for our group project, and to begin thinking about the individual project, I thought I would flesh out the concept of platform for myself once more.

    Essentially, the platform is the way your project works, kind of the backbone of your relationship building, as far as I understand from our conversations in class and from Groundswell. Taking a look at Last.fm, a social networking site that focuses on music, I just want to point out some key things that the site does for users.

    1. You create a profile with information that you provide, including photo, your favorite music, where you are, etc.

    2. When you listen to music on your computer it is synched to the site and it uploads what you’re listening to in real time (it does this with your mp3 player as well, and updates when you plug it into your computer). This is called “scrobbling” and is the focus of the site. These songs become part of the users “radio” and can be listened to by other users.

    3. You can have friends and search for strangers who have compatible taste to you, which you can see from their recent music queue and their listed favorites. You can see what they are listening to and find new music from them.

    4. You can also search for band profiles, much like myspace pages, where you can listen to their latest hits.  But for the most part, only songs that are scrobbled can be listened to by other users, which means that bands don’t just upload all of their music, i.e. they must have fans who want to share their music with others.

    5. Lastly, you can search for live performances in your area (or anywhere) for all bands or just those you list as favorites.

    Last.fm is focused around music and finding other people and artists with similar tastes. It is a community that needs joiners to create profiles, collectors to share what they already like and find new music, and spectators to watch it all happen. The activities are working online and in real life, creating a personalized, customizable space for visitors to list their music and share it with others, and allowing users to take control in suggesting music to each other. Hopefully I can stay focused when thinking about creating individual and group social media projects.

  • shinyupai 4:23 pm on April 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: social technologies, Twitter, Youtube   

    Social Tech in the News 

    This is a tangentially related posting for the blog – a couple of recent news stories on social technologies outside of the museum environment:

    Ashton Kucher challenges CNN to Twitter popularity contest

    YouTube trends

    • w h i t n e y 6:45 pm on April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Got a phone call from my mother the other day…

      “you know that thing your always talking about? that social media, social technologies thing…well I just heard about it on the news. I guess its really getting big”

      I love my mother and in the realm of digital awareness she ranks pretty high, but the fact that the groundswell is gaining legitimization through traditional media strikes me as kind of ironic.

    • kyliepine 6:33 am on April 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I feel like a chain letter, but my 70 year old boss showed me this video and it seemed tangentally relevant to the greater trends in technological change. And I liked the music and pretty pictures.

      Did you Know? 3.0

      (an updated version of Did you Know? 2.0, a.k.a. Shift Happens).

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