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


    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.

  • Whitney Ford-Terry 2:44 am on April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art Education, ArtBabble, Facebook, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Groundswell   

    To All You Art Lovers, Haters, and Creators. Babble on. 

    Everyone has an opinion on “Art” with a capital  “A”.  As a medium that thrives on relevance, it deserves to be questioned and  commented on,  by everyone. Enter ArtBabble

    Art-Bab-ble [ahrt-bab-uhl]
    noun; verb (used without object) -bled, -bling

    1. free flowing conversation, about art, for anyone.
    2. a place where everyone is invited to join an open, ongoing discussion – no art degree required.


    Last week the Indianapolis Museum of Art introduced its new content/ community site Art Babble. The IMA’s new site features a number of documentary style in-studios and interviews with artists and museum curators. Working with content from organizations like Art:21, MOMA, New York Public Library, SFMOMA, and the Smithsonian — this forum provides a space for art fans to watch, comment, create, and connect. ArtBabble features popular and recently viewed videos, quotes from artists and users, and a Featured user profile. This interface supports community commentary and helps create a sense of accountability. Anyone can join and each users commentary is “equally valued” regardless of degree or pedigree. As a hybrid archive and social media tool, Art Babble hosts unique, high quality video resources contemporary and modern art. Unlike video-share sites like Vimeo or YouTube, the content on ArtBabble is provided by partner institutions. This puts restrictions on the content, but not the community. Commentators are given a relatively direct video prompt and can chose to respond by writing or marking it as a favorite. This makes the platform and subject matter more approachable and encourages meaningful commentary, as opposed to the comments on YouTube. Even though the platform curates the website’s video content, the community commentary is the primary focus.

    picture-8Also featured on their home page is an invite to join their Facebook group. A Social network with a social network. Its like a web 2.0 backdoor. A support forum for a support forum. On Facebook you can post your own arts videos, send art using ArtShare, and continue the dialogue. ArtBabble’s unique platform directs dialogue enough to support its goals but makes it open to everyone who wants to be a part of the conversation. In ArtBabble, the IMA has found a great way to support community, foster relevent dialouge, and promote partnerships with like minded institutions.

    • kellycporter 2:41 am on April 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting. It looks as though the site has great potential. It makes me just a touch worrisome, though, that you had to put “equally valued” in quotation marks. Just because it is open to the uninitiated does not necessarily mean that those people will use it in any large numbers. I wonder what (if anything) ArtBabble is doing to willfully attract those that are not engaging in these conversations on a regular basis already. It looks like a rich platform, and if they can manage to attract people from both sides of the ‘expertise’ fence the greatest potential for it might be to push a bunch of self-absorbed avante-gardes to meet and speak with the masses– I would love that.

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