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Antonia Kanczula Proving that modern communication tools can be used to reinterpret the past, an Oxford Uni history graduate has launched an ambitious six-year project to bring the Second World War (back) to life via Twitter. Alwyn Collinson, 24, is meticulously cataloguing every event - from eyewitness statements to military manoeuvres - in real time from the Twitter handle @RealTimeWWII and...
When looking at recent changes to the Facebook and Google News interfaces, a common factor soon becomes apparent - increasingly overt personalisation. Facebook has undergone countless tweaks since my generation first logged in half a dozen years ago, but the last round of modifications include the 'subscribe' function, which allows users to filter out content they see as irrelevant and...
Tea Party Pledge BlueRobot April 15, 2010 5:33:23 AM EDT I have something of a confession to make: I truly, utterly and sincerely admire the Tea Party's social media strategy. For my own benefit more than anyone else's, I would like to point out that I have absolutely no sympathy with their programme of cutting foreign aid, opposing stable health insurance costs in favour of 'choice'...
In story on the Guardian website today, 70% of people (in a survey of 973 adults) suggested they would be in favour of shutting down the social networks Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry Messenger during civil unrest. It comes off the back of the prosecutions for inciting riots (even though they did not occur after the said incident), and the use of...
Antonia Kanczula Yet again, it’s been a busy week for quirky tales – from using social media to track disease outbreaks to a Mexican football team replacing their players' shirt names with Twitter handles. Proving that amongst its myriad benefits, Twitter can be a conduit for reliable, level-headed and valuable community information, this week’s nod goes to the London Fire...
Neha-Tamara Patel Two days ago, the chairman of the New York Times, Arthur Sulzberger, gave a talk at Journalism and society think tank POLIS based at LSE, on the continuing digital transformation of the New York Times. In his speech, Sulzberger addressed how the NYT are adapting to the digital age and what they are doing to build their online...
Rebecca Ratcliffe Following on from Abby’s post discussing reasons to get active on twitter, here’s some insight from Kate Day - The Telegraph’s social media powerhouse – on how to use twitter as a breaking news platform: 1)      If a story is about to break, create new lists quickly Searching for contacts or tweets is a race against time; the longer you...
Abby Young-Powell Kate Day, The Telegraph’s Social Media and Engagement Editor, gives three good reasons why Journalists should make the most of sites like Twitter (this one’s for all the sceptics out there)... 1. Employers judge us on our online presence Impressing employers has always been about having a good reputation and now this can be easily proven, or undermined, online. After...
Abby Young-Powell ACCOUNTABILITY – We will correct mistakes and amend them transparently. We will verify sources and link to them where appropriate. TONE/STYLE –We will always write clearly, but will be open to different styles and voices. We will write names correctly and take special care with our spelling. ACCURACY – We will check all facts and figures before publishing. TRANSPARENCY- We will...
Tweets from the hashtag #spplive.
Rebecca Ratcliffe At this week’s Hacks/Hackers meet up Heather Brooke discussed the Companies House website’s paywall and the restrictions it places on access to company data. In response, audience members suggested some useful sites which offer free access to annual accounts. Here’s a few that were discussed: 1)      Level Business If you’re looking for UK company accounts Level Business has a simple interface...
Antonia Kanczula There’s a great deal of public discourse about the corrosive impact of the internet on bonds and relationships – and our over-reliance on social media, to the detriment of real-life connections. But on the flipside, it has unparalleled ability to unite – give a voice to those who’d otherwise be off the radar and glue together people with a...
Antonia Kanczula On our little Interhacktives blog, we're going to chatter - at length - about the wide, diverse and far-reaching tentacles of social media. In essence, the big stuff. But we also thought we'd shine a light on the off-beat stories of online connectedness - and so, our Quirky social media story of the week item was born. We were...
Lauren York Blackberry owner RIM has finally apologised for almost a week of network outages by offering their customers a handful of free games. The applications, which include Texas hold 'em Poker and the Sims are now available to download free of charge until the end of 2011. The announcement was accompanied online by a statement from RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis thanking...
There's a terrific post over at the Managing Communities blog by KarateForums.com founder Patrick O'Keefe, discussing what it's like to manage an online community when you're not an expert on the topic in question. O'Keefe -- also the founder of the Managing Communities blog itself and several other forums -- is not a martial artist but has still managed...
Neha-Tamara Patel This week The Guardian opened up its news lists in an experiment in citizen journalism. The paper’s website calls for readers to ‘help shape the Guardian's news coverage by talking to editors and reporters about upcoming stories as work on them’. Readers are requested to offer their thoughts and feedback through twitter following the hash-tag #opennews. The Guardian then selectively re-tweet...