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2 days of Social Media Training: on Storify

Storify LogoStorify is an online tool that lets you curate all kinds of social media to tell a story. Whether it’s tweets, posts, pictures, videos, links or audio clips – you can build an easy to navigate timeline

Have a look at the Science PLACES Storify timeline here

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May 11, 2012 / carolinebeavon

Science PLACES: what did you think?

The delegates at the Science PLACES Social Media training course seemed to leave truly inspired to try new things, extend their usage and be even MORE social online!

May 11, 2012 / Steph Clarke

A summary – What the attendees thought of the Podnosh Social Media for Science Communications training

Social reporter training from Podnosh - the social media game

Over the last 2 days the Podnosh team hosted 24 science communicators from across Europe. They were in Birmingham as part of the Open Places project which is looking at bringing together 69 science communication institutions and other stakeholders in European cities to partner with local policy makers to tackle socio-economic issues such as employment; education; climate change and poverty from a scientific perspective.We met with them to discuss social media and the ways in which it can be useful to them in their workplaces or on this and other specific projects.

We looked at different platforms such as blogs, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook. Gave presentations on networkingsharing and listening and had brillinat guest speakers Shane McCraken of Gallomanor talking about the Science is Vital campaign and Jon Bounds who talked about internet culture and memes –  or as one attendee put it – Why cats are hilarious….

It was a lot to digest in 2 days but everyone seemed really enthused by what they had learned so in the final session we asked them to take a few minutes and write about what they felt they would take away with them from the sessions – what had really stood out for them;

Andrea Carlini of  Associazione Festival della Scienza said she has stopped seeing social media as a broadcast tool and now sees it as a way to connect and Jacqueline Homan of Birmingham City Council says we have unleashed her inner blogger and has contributed to conversations and will be contributing to other blogs in ways she’s never considered before.

Abi Bryan of the Science Learning Centre West Midlands realised social media shouldn’t be a one way flow of information and conversations builds up networks and trust, while Lynsey Fairweather from Birmingham Thinktank realised she’d like to create more audio and video content, comment and share more.

Claire Hopkins from Aston University really took on board Nicks talk on social capital noting  “Not everything we put out into the world of social media needs to be heavyweight stuff. Just engaging with people – on anything – is important as it opens a conversation and starts to build trust within networks.” , as did Karen Gemal a project manager from th Danish Sciene Communication she quoted Nick saying “The loop of generosity generates social capital” and that her first steps will be to “get in the habit of following bloggers and tweets, rss-feeds and get familiar with the universe.”

Alessia Dino, Project Officer with the Associenza Onlus is now much more interested in social media as whole – realising her perceptions of the platforms and their usefulness were wrong before these past 2 days.

Emma Wadland of Ecsite  said she really enjoyed Jon’s session and blogged  “If you create something interesting enough, someone will take the time to spread it within their networks” while Nisa Vidan commented that this was one of the nest workshops she’s ever been to and wants to start experimenting with Soundcloud and Audioboo.

Rebecca Harding said we had reinvigorated her interest in social reporting and also she should “not to get bogged down with information, but instead save it and share it, this with the help of useful tools such as and” and Patrick Willcocks of Birmingham City Council realised (among other things) that he needs to upgrade his smartphone!

And finally Pamela Waddell of Birmingham Science City has asked for comments on her post about some of her thoughts on the use of social media in her organisation.

You can find links to all the sites that were set up by attendees along with other posts and sites we discussed in our delicious stack  videos from the event on  both our channel and the Science Places channel on Youtube, photos over on Flickr and see what others were saying by looking up the #sciplaces tag on Twitter.

May 11, 2012 / catarinafigueira

Lessons from Birmingham

If we are going to organise an event or a conference, we should seriously considered the possibility of organising a team of social reports to help spread the information and stimulate conversations before, during and after the event.Social reporters are interested in a wide range of things – PR teams have a defined message. They could work together but on different tasks.

Social reports from events provides a unique opportunity to reach out to a wider community. It allows the engagement of the participants in an active way.

As a social reporter we should use what we have available: a smartphone, for instances, if a laptop is not available. Besides, we must link a lot and publish often: no worries about editing!

Keep our message short and think how interesting the video is. People will share if it is interesting.

We should make sure we are not just tweeting, posting and blogging- but that we are aware of other people’s tweets, posts and blogs as well. We must considered break up long posts into separate ones – this will generate comments.

WHAT WE SHOULD DO: be useful, be open, share our work, ask for collaboration, link to others, ask for feedback, read other blogs (blogs offer the chance for extra channels of communication), be open to comments, set up our own alerts, see what people say on Twitter.

The internet can help to create interest through social media channels. Create a central hub for information – Google Docs is a free online tool where we can spread presentations.

Not be limited to Twitter and Facebook. Just find our audience: are they on LinkedIn, on Pinterest or Flickr?

Using Multimedia tools could be more attractive to the public and in a very simple way. Just follow these guys:

And last but not least: work on team is better than work alone!

May 11, 2012 / kg_DNF

lessons learnt

3 points that I take with me from Birminghham is:

  • How to create social capital: contribute to the social stock pot by being usefull in your social media communication. remember how  “The loop of generosity” generates social capital. My first steps will be to get in the habit of following bloggers and tweets, rss-feeds and get familiar with the universe.
  • Get started! The story of the Birmingham city’s new webpage made an impression.
  • The points made about how to use social media as individuals and/or as organisations was very interesting to me. I think there’s a fine line to walk when engaging employees in work-related social media, and that we need to be clear about roles and responsibilities. That being said I leave Birmingham full of inspiration and enthusiam and eager to introduce my newly gained insight at the office back home and hopefully begin to introduce new initiatives already for this years festival in september.

Some of you might find this Community of praxis interesting that deals with school-industry cooperations. See what’s going on and take part in the discussion

Time’s up – I will be back!

May 11, 2012 / alexbrum

thoughts and ideas

For me, social media offers the opportunity for new and exciting writing platforms. Its a chance to express thoughts, opinions and facts to a wide range of different people and audiences.

Working as a press officer, you usually have to operate under certain writing constraints.A formulaic ‘press release style’ which often doesn’t allow for creativity. This course has shown me in particular how blogs and tweets can offer an increase in writing freedom and are a great addition for working alongside more traditional forms of media such as TV and radio.

Some intrepid Aston University graduates have just completed a taxi journey around the world – creating a new world record in the process! This story is a good example of something which\ will work great for both traditional and new media.

I’ve also decided that I’m better off behind the camera than in front of it!!