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Archives: August 2011

Weather Channel Uses Storify, User Contributions To Cover Irene’s Impact In Vermont

Hurricane Irene, which slammed into the East Coast over the weekend, largely spared the New York area, which was forecast to take a direct hit.

Vermont wasn’t as lucky. Parts of the Green Mountain State were damaged by devastating floods. Whole towns, like Rutland, were cut off from the outside world by impassable roads.

The catastrophic damage in Vermont came as a nasty surprise, and many news organizations, including the Weather Channel, did not position crews there.

So how did the Weather Channel initially cover Irene from Vermont?

They used Storify, and curated pictures and video from Twitter and YouTube. Read more

Three Ways To Use Storify’s New Slideshow Feature

How to embed the new Storify format. Select "Post on your site" then select the slideshow template.

Last week, one of our favorite social media curating tools Storify launched another neat way to view curated stories: Slideshow format.

You can access the new format by adding “/slideshow” to the end of any Storify URL. Embed options also allow you to place slideshow formats onto your blogs and websites. But besides being flashy and slick, what use does the new format have?

1. Display photos in a gallery

On the previous Storify embeds, photos curated from Flickr and Twitter appeared, at most, about 300 pixels wide. When you were curating many photos at a time from an event — like this example from the Vancouver Riots — scrolling through them was tedious. Now, with the slideshow format you can scroll through the photos in what feels more like a gallery, and you can see the photos at a larger size. Read more

Reality Check: LinkedIn Is Not Facebook

Because Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with 750 million active users as of July 2011, both users and industry analysts have this urge to look at other social networks through the lens of what Facebook has achieved and the ecosystem that has been built around it.

Often the two sites that get compared most often are Twitter and Facebook. More recently the discussion has turned to comparing Facebook and Google+. I can understand why people seek to compare Twitter and Google+ to Facebook. They’re both social networking platforms with a more general purpose.

What confuses me, however, is when people try to compare Facebook and LinkedIn as though they’re the same site, and serve the same purpose.

They aren’t, and they don’t.

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5 Things a Smartphone Can’t Replace for a Journalist

There’s no doubt smartphones are revolutionizing journalism and a lot of traditional tools of the trade are now passe.

A survey released in July found that many consumers are using their smartphones and tablets to replace “older” technology, like alarm clocks, GPS devices, and digital cameras. Newsrooms have also felt this shift, to the point where it seems odd when a reporter comes to a meeting not tapping away on a Blackberry or iPhone.

Tape recorders, point-and-shoot digital cameras and newspapers are downright archaic in the dim light emanating from an iPhone screen. There are some tools, however, that every reporter should have in their toolkit, regardless of smartphones. Here are five that buck the trend and remain irreplaceable. Read more

Social Media and Online Community Posts From Around The Web

Every Friday I post links to a few of the blog posts that I read during the week that I found interesting and insightful.

Included in this week’s round-up is a best-practice guide for finding a job via social media; a look at how Sears created a successful online community around health and wellness; best practice for managing trolls and spammers on Facebook Pages; advice on how to use LinkedIn for business marketing; and a guide on how to hire an awesome community manager.

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