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Archives: June 2011

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Marriage, Michele, and Movies

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we challenge Michele Bachmann to a staring contest, take a journey through the t-shirt of Novak Djokovic’s dad, and uncover the history behind the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

Wikipedia Improves Social Layer With WikiLove

Love what a user is doing on Wikipedia?

As early as tomorrow, you’ll be able to spread that love much more easily.

The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, announced in a blog post last week that it was testing WikiLove, a new button that simplifies the process sending of “barnstars” and other accolades. Previously, sending praise on Wikipedia required knowing some basic code — something that is not obvious to new users.

As the blog post explains:

WikiLove is a simple experiment in appreciation. It makes it easy and fun to send barnstars or whimsical messages of appreciation to other users. The tool was first built by Wikimedia Foundation developer and Wikimedian Ryan Kaldari as a small gadget, and the new editor engagement team at the Wikimedia Foundation has developed it into a full feature over the last few weeks.

A “heart” button will appear when you visit a Wikipedia user page:




On clicking that button, a menu will appear with the numerous accolades you can send:








You can test WikiLove now by heading over to Wikipedia’s prototype site and creating an account. If all goes well, the new feature will be pushed tomorrow to the live site. Those not wanting “love” will be able to opt out of this feature.

Wikipedia’s longstanding award system is an early example of social gamification, a topic my colleague Jessica Roy wrote about back in March. A number of news websites — a major example — have begun to reward their users for good comments. This WikiLove feature will make it easier for users to do the same, and will likely increase social engagement on the popular, user-generated encyclopedia.

The Museum of Me: A Visual Archive of Your Social Life

Have you ever wondered what your life would look like as a museum exhibit? Enter Intel’s Museum of Me. (Warning: This is really, really cool and slightly addictive.)

The tool connects to your Facebook information and creates, in Poynter’s Jeff Sondeman‘s very apt words, “a stunning video tour of a futuristic museum about your life and friends.”

The “tour” of the virtual rooms begins with this message: “This exhibition is a journey of visualization that explores who I am.” Users then walk through rooms, which are filled with friends’ profile pictures, personal photos, videos and more. Another room shows words frequently used on your wall. With appropriately stirring background music, the application emphasizes just how much social media connects us all. (Our sister site, AgencySpy, recently reviewed this, too.)

All I can say is try it. And once you have, share your thoughts with us! Was this creepy or cool?



Seven Journalists Arrested in June 2011

For whatever reason — be it covering protests, phone hacking or the commonly used disturbing the peace charge — journalists and jail cells aren’t exactly strangers. Some journalists are arrested for simply doing their jobs in difficult areas while others are actually breaking the law. With that in mind, here’s a list of some of the more prominent cases of journalists arrested in June alone. Read more

Twitter Announces Twitter For Newsrooms, A Best Practices Guide For Journalists

Today in an e-mail from Twitter’s PR team, the company introduced Twitter for Newsrooms (#TfN), a compelling resource akin to Facebook for Journalists that will help optimize the platform’s reporting potential. The guide contains four sections, #report, #engage, #publish and #extra, each with a variety of best practices geared towards streamlining Twitter reporting and making Twitter a more efficient journalism tool. While much of the information won’t ring fresh for reporters already knee-deep in social media sourcing, it’s a comprehensive and helpful resource for journalists of all levels hoping to gain some insight into Twitter’s potential for journalists. So what does the new guide include?

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