Storify 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
[<a href=”http://storify.com/carolinebeavon/science-places-fazeley-studios-10-11-may-2012″ target=”_blank”>View the story “Science PLACES – Fazeley Studios 10/11 May 2012” on Storify</a>]
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!
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!
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!
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!!