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How to improve your social videos to tell compelling stories

As Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told investors of his ‘video first’ strategy, content creators are trying to find ways to optimise their video output...

Social Media for Journalists: Making a case for Facebook

There is one clear fact about journalism and social media, i.e. Twitter is the ‘Holy Grail’ for journalists. The 140 characters in a tweet...

The best video live-streaming apps

By 2019, 80% of all internet traffic will be for video – the online world is far from being only about text and images. One...

What to keep in mind with Facebook video

Facebook can be a very valuable tool for traffic for many websites, and mastering an online presence on the social platform is often the difference between...

Sociotope brings your online identity to life

While browsing data visualisations on Pinterest the other day, I came across an interesting-looking tool: Sociotope, a social media experiment which takes the data...

A social media style guide for local newspapers

Declining print circulations, traditionalism, internal politics, a small budget. These are problems that don't just affect local newspapers, but it hits them worse. So...

6 tools for measuring social media success

Lies, damned lies and statistics - everyone knows this famously pithy quote often attributed to 19th century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli. In the...

Facebook alternatives: The Smart Social Networker’s Guide

Throughout most of its ten-year history, people have been threatening to leave Facebook. There are plenty of good reasons for doing it, from Facebook’s constantly...

6 sites that show why data is beta

New to data journalism and keen to learn but unsure about the kind of stories you could uncover with numbers? Well worry not because the Interhacktives...

Should Facebook have purchased Whatsapp?

Welcome to the first Interhacktives podcast, where Zachary Boren and Daniele Palumbo argue over whether Facebook made a good move by purchasing Whatsapp, the...

Can a Facebook ‘like’ Make You a Criminal?

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has been debating whether ‘liking’ a defamatory comment on Facebook makes you guilty of libel. To date, no one...

Social media tools to use (more) in 2013

Being a student puts you in touch with new resources, but it also makes you wonder how people in real newsrooms are actually using...

Social media users in emerging countries want more than just flashy...

Brazil and India don’t share much common ground. But, along with the United States, they are the top three markets for Facebook in the...

Is Social Media the answer to solving crimes?

This morning the Boston Police Force accredited social media for their increase in crime solving. The Boston Police Department has seen a rise in crime...

Social Media Editor for the Hackney Post: Week 1

By Abby Young-Powell This week I have been Social Media Editor for the Hackney Post. It has been stimulating, hard work and a learning curve....

365 storytellers take on a Year

3hundredand65 is a collaborative online storytelling project that's raising money to support the Teenage Cancer Trust by inviting contributors to "crowdauthor a graphic novel". Each...

Interhacktives: what we’ve got planned

Over the past few months we’ve been reporting on the world of social media – from Twitter censorship to lost puppies and personalising news...

Quirky social media story of the week: #4

Antonia Kanczula On Friday 6 January, I was sat at my computer, as I often am, when a tweet popped up from my community website...

It all started on social media: England’s August riots

From August 6th onwards one story dominated the British – and at time, global – media. Be it traditional sources; newspapers, television and radio,...

It all started on social media: #UKUncut

March 2011 was the month that UK Uncut hit the headlines. Born out of the hashtag #UK Uncut which began circulating after George Osborne’s...