Arquivo de Janeiro, 2009



17
Jan
09

Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana

A very interesting way to present information by Kevin Sablan. Uma forma muito interessante de apresentar informação por Kevin Sablan.
Hudson crash, lifestreamedUS Airways flight 1549

Hudson crash, lifestreamed US Airways flight 1549

I used storytlr to gather feeds from Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo to create this aggregated “story” about yesterday’s crash of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson river. The links are “hot”, so click when you see blue.

Storytlr calls itself  a “platform to build the centralized you.” Although intended to tell one person’s story, it does a fine job of pulling together bits of information from various “citizens” to create one story.

But this morning I got a missive from an employee at one of the cable news networks, who tells me I’ve got it all wrong. Speed is nice, but these days, there are other considerations that are much more important for media companies:

It’s not the speed of Twitter photo that’s remarkable. It’s that it’s FREE. In the past, we would have got that pic from one of the agencies. We didn’t need anything from the agencies yesterday. Anything we couldn’t get from our own crews, people sent us FOR FREE.”

See? Who says old media has been slow to adapt to the Web?

The way we read the news is changing, so it only makes sense that the way we follow the news should change as well. Even relatively new news aggregators like Google News seem antiquated compared to these game-changing tools.

Twitter…what is it good for? It turns out this little service is good for a whole lot of things, despite the loud objections of people who’ve never really tried it. Even among true believers, though, it’s been hard to figure out how this much loved company is going to afford to stay alive. How will Twitter make money?
A number of people noticed a new change made to Twitter today that could show just how it’s going to happen. Of course this is just speculation, but we believe it’s a pretty good guess that this could be what goes down.Journalism ethics 2.0: As the Internet changes the market, some conventions must change as well

The practice of journalism is an act of service. But if we are going to be able to continue to serve our audience, we will need to change some of the conventions and assumptions we’ve brought to our practice if they now stand in the way of our ability to serve. What good are conventions designed a generation ago to protected our public image if following them today leaves us with a shrinking audience and no advertisers to support us?

Here are three widely quoted tenets of traditional journalism ethics that I believe journalists must change in order to remain relevant in a more competitive online information market.

The old rule: You can’t cover something in which you are personally involved.

The new rule: Tell your readers how you are involved and how that’s shaped your reporting.

Have you seen these New York Times slideshows? They’re silky smooth, technical wonders of multimedia interactivity and journalism. We’re moving way beyond the basics of text and pictures and really starting to take advantage of the capabilities of the internet as an entirely new news medium.

And you know what?

I shouldn’t be able to experience that for free. New, amazing technologies and presentation and graphics and whizzits and whatsits and mobile audio this and that—they should all be provided as services to a paying audience.

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16
Jan
09

Twitter Power

"Prevail Whale" by lemasney

"Prevail Whale" by lemasney

If there were any doubts about the power of Twitter as a communication tool and channel for breaking news, well, yesterday they were reduced to ashes. The Hudson Plane Crash incident proved (once again) that the Twitter mojo is strong.

There are a few good reasons to have worked so well: it was a midday incident in a densely crowded city, where every inhabitant has a portable communication device (a.k.a. cellphone), and many use the blue bird channel. So, in just few minutes after the plane went down, there were dozens of common New Yorkers that witnessed the event being retweeted and publishing photographs way before the mainstream media got hold of  the event. And why? The magic word here is “network”.

I knew about it through a @scobleizer tweet and almost immediatly through @breakingnewson and @fox40. The most effective at first was Robert Scoble’s tweets, that was taking advantage of his huge  Twitter network for gathering information (over 20,000), and pass it on to his followers (almost 50,000). It was word of mouth at the  speed of light! Among official updates, the timelines were filled with retweets for links to pictures from the scene, taken by the people on the shores of the Hudson, and on the ferries that went pick up the plane passengers!!! You just couldn’t get closer than that.

Se haviam dúvidas sobre o poder do Twitter como ferramenta de comunicação e canal para notícias de última hora, ontem foram reduzidas a pó. O incidente do Avião que Caiu no Hudson provou (mais uma vez) que a magia do Twitter é forte.

Há algumas razões para que tenha corrido tão bem: foi um incidente em pleno dia numa cidade densamente povoada, onde cada habitante tem um dispositivo móvel de comunicação (telemóvel), e onde muitos usam o canal do pássaro azul. Assim, apenas alguns minutos depois do avião ter caído,  dezenas de nova iorquinos que testemunharam o acontecimento estava a ser retweetados e a publicar fotos muito antes dos media tradicionais terem noção do que se passava. Porquê? A palavra mágica aqui é “rede”.

Soube de tudo por um tweet do @scobleizer,  seguido imediamente por outros do @breakingnewson e @fox40. O mais eficiente ao início foi o Robert Scoble, que estava atirar proveito da sua enorme rede de contactos no Twitter para recolher informação (ele segue mais de 20 mil utilizadores) e divulgá-la (quase 50 mil seguidores). É passar a palavra à velocidade da luz! Entre actualizações oficiais, as timelines estavam cheias de retweets para links de fotos do local, tiradas por pessoas nas margens do Hudson, e nos ferrys que foram resgatar os passageiros do avião!!! Era impossível estar mais perto.

Paulo Querido - O acidente de Nova Iorque acompanhado por um jornalista no Twitter

Janis Krums on an iPhone @ Twitpic

I began retweeting all the information available as soon as it happened, and  put my network up to speed on the event. And I was across the ocean, in my living room. Some used that effort of mine (and others) very well, like the  portuguese public television news cable channel – RTPN – that has a great Twitter presence. On a late night schedule, they turned to their network to provide them with pictures, video and maps of the crash. By crowdsourcing that work, they went beyond the live streams of distant shots of the airplane in the water surrounded by ferries.  They quickly found pictures and other visual data to show on air, as the situation unfolded. And it all only took one hour from beggining to end.

My small part delivering the information to my network, and through it, to all the networks that each one of them encompasses, got me thinking about a few items on my “Changes in Journalist’s Role” list:

4-A journalist must network.

It had to before, but there were geographical limitations, social and economical factors , and a whole sort of real world constraints. Online, the limit is in the number and the value of the contacts one has.(…)

9-A journalist is more a traffic cop than a private investigator.

Or even better:  there will be more traffic cops than private investigators.. .I’m sorry to destroy a romantic image of journalism, but there will be less Humphrey Bogarts, the rise in the volume of information will demand for more traffic managers. Their role will be essential to guide the masses in the search for information.(…)

10-A journalist is a DJ.

Remixes and makes the news flow coherent.

It was an excellent opportunity to apply Paul Bradshaw’s breaking news model. And another thought: we must be aware of all the ways we can present information on the fly, and have improvisation skills. Do you like Jazz? Start playing it. Robert Scoble tweeted just now -as i write this- he should have done things differently yesterday. Soon there will be another chance to test other ways to deliver and connect the dots of data.

This was  a great experience, for two reasons:  thanks to the pilot’s skills no one was really harmed in the crash, and it was professionally challenging and compensating for me. I’m not working for anyone nowadays , but i acted as a journalist for my network, which is my primary audience. My work was praised, and i got new followers. And most of all, i had a lot of fun.

Comecei a fazer retweets da informação disponível assim que aconteceu, e pus a minha rede a par do que se passava. E eu estava do outro lado do oceano , na minha sala. Alguns aproveitaram este meu esforço (e de outros) muito bem, como a RTPN, que usa muito bem o Twitter . Num horário tardio, eles viraram-se para a sua rede de contactos para os ajudar a encontrar fotografias, video e mapas do acidente. Ao recorrerem ao seu público para esse trabalho, eles foram além da transmissão em directo de imagens distantes do avião na água rodeado de ferrys. Rapidamente encontraram fotografias e outra informação visual para mostrar em directo, à medida que a situação se desenrolava. E tudo demorou uma hora, do início ao fim.

A minha modesta participação em distribuir a informação pela minha rede e, através dela, para todas as outras que elas comportam, fez-me pensar  sobre alguns itens da minha lista de “Mudanças no Papel dos Jornalistas“:

4-Um jornalista tem que estar em rede.

Já antes estava, mas era uma rede social limitada por factores geográficos, círculos sociais e económicos, todas os constrangimentos do mundo real. Online, a limitação está no número de contactos que se tem.(…)

9-Um jornalista é mais polícia de trânsito do que investigador privado.

Ou melhor: vão haver cada vez mais polícias de trânsito do que investigadores privados. Desculpem destruir uma imagem romântica do jornalismo, mas os Humphrey Bogarts serão cada vez mais raros, pelo volume de informação serão precisos mais polícias de trânsito. O seu papel é fundamental na orientação das massas na busca de informação.(…)

10-Um jornalista é um DJ.

Remistura e torna coerente o fluxo informativo.

Foi uma excelente oportunidade para aplicar o modelo de breaking news do Paul Bradshaw. E outra ideia: temos que saber que formas podemos usar para apresentar a informação no momento, e saber improvisar. Gostam de Jazz? Aprendam a tocar. O Robert Scoble tweetou agora mesmo -quando escrevo isto- que devia ter feito as coisas de outra forma. Em breve teremos outra oportunidade para testar diferentes maneiras  de distribuir e ligar os pontos de informação.

Foi uma boa experiência,por duas razões: graças à perícia do piloto ninguém se magoou a sério no acidente, e profissionalmente foi um desafio compensador para mim. Eu não estou a trabalhar para ninguém neste momento, mas fui jornalista para a minha rede, que é o meu público principal. O meu trabalho foi louvado, e ganhei novos seguidores. E acima de tudo, diverti-me.

Read also | Leiam também:

Social media in the Hudson River plane crash

Video of the flightpath

Googlemap: Flighpath | Rota do avião

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15
Jan
09

Local mistakes revisited | Erros no local revisitados

New layout, old mistakes | Novo aspecto, erros antigos

New layout, old mistakes | Novo aspecto, erros antigos

Last April i wrote a post about the policy of one of the biggest regional newspapers in my residence area, and how it was plain online suicide. Back then i also said it was a great opportunity for the competition. Well, it was not well taken.

Diário de Coimbra’s website got a facelift, but let me count the ways it was just a skin deep operation.

1-The announcement of the makeover is made on a post dated from January 2nd. Two weeks later, the transition still continues, with lots of features not working yet. Poor planning or a taste for improvising?

2-The change in the layout is poor,and it has the image-reflected-equals-2.0 vibe. Useless, and ugly.

3- In the new visible features we have a Sapo news scroller (which i believe to be a part of an arrangement between the portal and news outlets) and a audio player to listen to a local radio. That’s as far multimedia goes. And a weather thingy.

4-Readers can sign in,though i really don’t know what they get by doing it. The interaction resumes to comments, polls, and a brand new (inactive) forum.

5-They’re using Joomla, a CMS i know rather well, and use all the time in my part time occupation as a website builder. With the proper planning i’d build this website in three days, with a better looking template, and it would cost them around 500€.  It would be up and running after one week. Devising a strategy for the online would cost about as much,if i was the one doing it (my fees are low for now). I wonder how did it cost this new look.

6-Diário de Coimbra belongs to a larger group that includes local radios, as we’ve seen before, and three other newspapers: Diário de Aveiro, Diário de Leiria, Diário de Viseu. Click through to see which one is getting a makeover too. Instead of using one website, that would use cookies to define which local version would appear to each user, they have four different , separate versions for each one of them. This is not a cost effective solution, and it is not taking advantage of the editorial possibilities since these newspapers  cover close realities and markets, but the news can only be found in the respective websites, instead of crossing over into the others.

7-Good things: a RSS icon (though i bet they didn’t know what’s the use for it) , and the will to renew their web presence. It’s a pity that this will is mislead. Fine feathers make fine birds, but nothing is fine here. There’s nothing new, there’s no strategy, just the inability to understand how media is evolving.

About the other newspaper that made me write the first post, well, nothing has changed really. But i believe i’ll be doing some posting about it soon…

Em Abril passado, escrevi um post sobre a política de um dos maiores regionais da minha área de residência, e como era simplesmente suicídio. Nessa altura também disse que era uma grande oportunidade para a concorrência. Pelos vistos, mal aproveitada.

O site do Diário de Coimbra foi renovado, mas deixem-me vos explicar como continua tudo na mesma.

1- O anúncio da renovação vem num post datado de 2 de Janeiro. Duas semanas mais tarde, a transição ainda continua, com muitas aplicações ainda sem funcionar. Falta de planeamento  ou feito em cima do joelho?

2- A mudança gráfica é pobre, e usa o conceito da imagem-reflectida-para-parecer-2.0. Inútil e feio.

3- Nas novas aplicações visíveis temos um scroller de notícias da Sapo (creio eu que ao abrigo de um acordo entre o portal e o jornais regionais) e um leitor áudio para ouvir uma rádio local. É o multimédia que há. E uma coisa para o tempo.

4-Os leitores podem fazer inscrever-se no site, mas não sei o que ganham com isso. A interacção resume-se aos comentários, sondagens, e um novíssimo (e inactivo) fórum.

5- Eles estão a usar o Joomla, um CMS que conheço bastante bem e que uso na mior parte das vezes no meu parte-time como trolha de websites. Com a devida planificação, fazia este site em três dias, com um template mais catita, por 500€. Ficava pronto a funcionar ao fim de uma semana. Definir uma estratégia para o online custava-lhes outro tanto, se fosse eu a fazê-la (ainda levo barato). Nem imagino quanto custou este novo look.

6-O Diário de Coimbra pertence a um grupo que inclui uma rádio local, como já vimos e três outros jornais: Diário de Aveiro, Diário de Leiria, Diário de Viseu. Cliquem nos links para ver quem é que está também a ser renovado. Em vez de usarem um só website, que usaria cookies para definir qual das versões locais apareceria para cada utilizador, eles têm quatro versões diferentes e separadas para cada um. Esta não é uma solução financeiramente eficaz, já que estes jornais cobrem realidades e mercados relativamente próximos, mas as notícias só se encontram nos respectivos websites, em vez de transitar e aparecer nos outros.

7-Coisas boas: um icon de RSS (embora aposte que não saibam para que serve), e a vontade de renovar a sua presença na web. É pena é que essa vontade seja mal orientada. O hábito faz o monge,mas aqui não faz um bom site. Não há nada de novo, não há uma estratégia, só a  incapacidade de compreender como os media estão a evoluir.

Quanto ao outro jornal que provocou o primeiro post, bem, nada mudou entretanto. Mas acredito que irei escrever um post sobre eles em breve…

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15
Jan
09

Links for today | Links para hoje

Why art thou so hasty and hard to keep up with, o Web? | Porque sois tão difícil de acompanhar, ó Web?


(Portuguese only)

This is a small doc created by researchers of Information and Communication in Digital Platforms from Porto and Aveiro universities. Citizen journalism, cyberjournalism through the eyes of journalists, citizens and academics, in an interesting nine minute video. In Portuguese.

Este pequeno video foi realizado por um grupo de doutorandos em Informação e Comunicação em Plataformas Digitais das Universidades de Aveiro e Porto. Jornalismo participativo e ciberjornalismo na visão de jornalistas, cidadãos e académicos, em nove minutos interessantes.

By Megan Taylor

For the last couple of days I’ve been reading through StreamingMedia.com’s The Ultimate Guide to Creating Online Video Content That Works.

The article comes in two parts, the first concentrating on paying attention to your existing and potential audience, and the challenges that both media companies and independent content creators face. The second part discusses video production quality long-form vs short-form video.

They also interviewed “content decision makers” and “content creators” for input.

First of all, they admit that making online video successful is an art, not a science.

As journalism evolves, so do the tools journalists come to depend on. While the Internet can’t provide all the resources a good reporter needs, it does offer a number of them that can make a journalist’s job easier and more productive.

The following web services have become an integral part of the evolving toolkit for the modern journalist: (…)

I have written a piece for PBS Mediashift on why I believe that blogging deserves a place on a journalism curriculum.

The blogs are now live and cover a broad range of topics, from Canadian foreign policy to spirituality to Latin American culture.

Teaching someone to blog might sound odd.  My approach is to consider blogs as a delivery system that may or may not contain journalism.

I use newspapers as a comparison. Tabloids such as The Daily Star or The Sun in the UK are very different to The Times or The Guardian.  They are all newspapers, but have distinctly different content.

What makes a blog a “blog” are the social and cultural practices that have developed alongside this new web-based delivery system. In other words, the technology and history of blogs has resulted in certain generic conventions, much like the evolution of print led to a set of conventions.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

We are proud to announce Ubiquity 0.1.5. Since the last major update, Ubiquity has gained a sleeker look and a smarter, more stable core. Ubiquity has also gained the ability to be skinned: anyone who knows how to write standards-complaint CSS can now create and share a custom Ubiquity skin.

  • Beautiful: Ubiquity has a new look that increases its visual simplicity and lays the groundwork for full keyboard access.

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15
Jan
09

122 laid off in portuguese media cuts | 122 despedidos em cortes da Controlinveste

50 % are journalists from four newspapers | 50% são jornalistas de quatro jornais

Controlinveste - Marcas que ficam

These cuts will affect four dailies of the Controlinveste media group: DN (22 journalists), JN (27), 24 Horas and O Jogo (17). The reasons presented in an internal announcement today relate to the “acute negative evolution of the media market, especially in the traditional press, and the profound losses in revenue of the sector impose to Global Notícias Publicações and to Jornalinveste Comunicação a difficult but undelayable option: to iniciate acollective  lay off process, that includes 122 workers, in different areas of these two companies”. The reference dailies Diário de Notícias and Jornal de Notícias will suffer the most, and 24 Horas will go under some changes (Agência Financeira).

This is the biggest media job cut in Portugal of the last years. According to the Union,  there were 70 journalists fired in 2007, and almost 100 in 2008.

Controlinveste controls a number of newspapers and magazines, and also TSF, a national news radio, and SportTV, a cable sports TV channel (Wikipedia.pt). It employs more than 1000 workers.

There is no official announcement available at Controlinveste website(.pdf in portuguese)

Estes cortes vão afectar quatro jornais diários do grupo Controlinveste: DN (22 jornalistas), JN (27), 24 Horas e O Jogo (17). As razões apresentadas em comunicado interno referem “a evolução acentuadamente negativa do mercado dos media, em particular na área da imprensa tradicional, e a profunda quebra de receitas do sector impõem à Global Notícias Publicações e à Jornalinveste Comunicação uma opção difícil mas inadiável: iniciar um processo de despedimento colectivo que abrange 122 colaboradores, em diferentes áreas das duas empresas”. Os diários de referência Diário de Notícias e Jornal de Notícias vão sofrer maiores cortes, e o 24 Horas vai sofrer uma alteração de formato (Agência Financeira).

Este é o maior despedimento na área dos media em Portugal nos últimos anos. De  acordo com o Sindicato houve 70 jornalistas despedidos em 2007, e quase 100 em 2008.

A Controlinveste controla jornais e revistas e também é dona da TSF, e do canal de televisão por cabo SportTv(Wikipedia). Emprega mais de 1000 pessoas.

Ainda não se pode encontrar nenhum comunicado oficial no site da Controlinveste (.pdf)

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Continue a ler ‘122 laid off in portuguese media cuts | 122 despedidos em cortes da Controlinveste’

14
Jan
09

Links for today | Links para hoje

If you’re editing a news site, are you publishing what users want or what you have?

Assuming you have what users want, are you organizing it the way your users would want it organized? Or is it organized based on some legacy notion like print sections? Or worse, is it displayed based on the org chart?

Startup news sites are fighting an uphill battle against established media brands. But one advantage they have is the ability to put the user first in their content and layout decisions, without the burden of prior procedures.

I only need to look at the increase of twitter followers, new blogs and fresh faces that have appeared since christmas to know that journalists are really fired up about online. They love twitter and blogging and RSS. Once they get excited by slideshows or video or maps they want to try them.  The avalaunche of new apps that appear on the web news of which spread through their newly followed feeds appear as a tweet are the biggest most exciting toy box imaginable. They have stories they want to tell.

Then they go in the office and it grinds to a halt.

That great stuff they tried on their blog the night before needs a form signed in triplicate, a request to central support and good dollop of patience. By then the stories dead and a little bit of the excitment has died with them.

Things were simpler a decade and a half ago, when the three daily newspapers that landed on my doorstep (all paid for) were what I needed.

Not any more. For any given story, other than perhaps the truly local, there are dozens of sources and there’s no single source that covers it best day in and day out. When I’m following a story, I’ll go through as many as a dozen websites and, for different stories, they are not always the same ones.

I’m hardly unique. Increasingly, it’s the way people inform themselves. And that’s where part of the idea of paying for the news breaks down substantially. How many subscriptions should have to I buy to cover the part-time creation of value?

As newspapers struggle to sell their content, which in most cases can be found online for free, David Carr of The New York Times asks why the news industry as not followed Apple’s model for iTunes.

itunes-scrn.jpgThe iTunes online music store sold more than 2.4 billion tracks last year, according to the NYT.  The most important thing to retain from this number, according to Carr, is that “Apple has been able to charge for content in the first place,” even though music can be downloaded for free online (illegally, of course).

Their success is a combination of an easy user interface, cooperation within the music industry and a solid business model.  The question is can the model be transplanted?

If you run a website you’re going to want to manage your content. You might use an Enterprise CMS, an open source CMS, a blogging platform or a bespoke app, and as you might expect at the BBC the same rules apply. Except some of us have been trying out something a bit different — using the web as a content management system.

3. That there is a difference between link journalism and ‘cut and paste’ journalism (aka plagiarism).

4. That your readers are smarter than you think. In fact, many are smarter than you – they know more than you do.

5. That churnalism is much easier to spot online. If you do this regularly, your readers are already on to you – merely re-writing press releases without bringing anything to the table no longer cuts it.

Before you read any further, you need to know that I am a strong supporter of the Palestinians who thinks the state of Israel is an imperialist construct and an outpost of American projected military power in the Middle East. I’ve come to the conclusion that journalists have a moral responsibility to say as much and to predicate all their reporting of the current Gaza conflict, as well as coverage of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and the associated “terror frame” of news analysis on this controversial starting point.

In other words, I believe in what Martin Bell calls the “journalism of attachment”, rather than feeble attempts at objectivity, which is, in and of itself, a form of inbuilt and largely unconscious bias.

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14
Jan
09

Analisys: experiment with a crowdsourced GoogleMap | Análise: experiências com um GoogleMap em crowdsource

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Click image to visit the map | Cliquem na imagem para ver o mapa

Last Friday Portugal was going through one of the coldest days in the last decades: there were temperatures below zero and snow, conditions rather unusual for our mild winters. So i decided early in the morning to do something that would keep me busy and warm throughout the day: a map built by users, using their pictures showing the weather in their cities.

The first call for collaboration was sent via Twitter. Many of the tweople i follow were already discussing the issue, and all i had to do was to ask for their photographs and  videos. They just had to look out the window, use a camera or cellphone and post them on Twitpic, Flickr or Picasa.

A few took the challenge early on, and there was a small frenzy about the map i just had setup. When the first contributions arrived  someone let me know that some online newspapers were asking for pictures too. No maps though.

The map i created was open to anyone to add  their own pictures and locations,  and i “templated” it with the first pictures. The word spread out mostly by retweeting. By lunch hour i had a few contributions, not as many as the news websites of course, but some visually compelling. The public news channel – that has a very effective Twitter participation – picked up the idea and on their web segment at night news talked about the map. At the end of the day i had a cool 1,000 visitors. I decided to use that publicity to take the experiment into the weekend, and see how it would work.

The good stuff

The first impression i got was that there was a will to participate and share with others the  personal experience on the weather.  There were a lot of contributions on the news websites  and blogs that  also requested pictures of the cold wave, so there was a lot of material to work with.

The idea caught on pretty easily too among my Twitter contacts, which helped to drive traffic to the map and get links to pics and slideshows. There was some quality stuff there.

Functionally, the map was quickly set up, and there were no major technical issues, although i was asked to place the pictures quite often, instead of being the users posting them themselves.

The number of visits was also surprising: in three days of useful life it had over 2,500 visitors. And it got my name on television.

The not so good stuff

Despite noticing some initial interest on the project, it faded away rather quickly. It was a stand alone feature, and not associated to any other type of narrative content. It might have worked better as a mashup with weather info and readers comments, or local news rss feeds about the weather, twitter hashtags, etc.

I also had all the work, i expected more independence from the users when it came to place the pics on the map, but i had no tutorial explaining how to do it anyway. So maybe i expected too much. The contributions came not only as pictures but also as links to blogs who had some, and i asked bloggers to share their own crowdsourcing efforts.

I took too much time to define a domain name to the map, i had a tip from a  fellow tweeter to use a free domain (mapadofrio.pt.vu). Easier to remember, easier to use.

Conclusions

For a project like this to work it shouldn’t be used as a stand-alone, but integrated in a streaming narrative, open to collaboration, and easier to interact. There was a real interest on the user side to participate, so the power of the crowd is still strong. I could have used more publicity, or have access to a wider audience, even with a reference on TV.  But it was easy, fast and cheap to set up. And as far as i can tell it was unique here in Portugal. There were a lot of requests for pictures, but no maps. Originality wins extra points.

To finish this short analisys i’d just like to thank all the people who participated and spread the word. More and more the creation of web contents depends on the users input.

And a question: what else could have been done?

Sexta-feira passada Portugal estava a meio de uma das maiores vagas de frio das últimas décadas: temperaturas abaixo de zero e neve, condições raras nos nossos Invernos amenos. Por isso decidi logo de manhãzinha fazer algo que me mantivesse quente e ocupado ao longo do dia: um mapa feito por utilizadores, que mostrasse fotos do frio nas suas localidades.

O primeiro apelo à participação foi feito via Twitter. Muita da tweople que sigo já discutiam o assunto, e tudo o que precisei de fazer foi pedir pelas suas fotos e vídeos. Bastava-lhes olhar pela janela, usar uma máquina fotográfica ou um telemóvel e postar as fotos no Twitpic, Flickr ou Picasa.

Alguns aceitaram logo o desafio, e houve alguma agitação à volta do mapa que tinha criado. Quando as primeiras contribuições chegaram houve alguém que me disse que alguns sites informativos também andavam a pedir fotos. Mas nada de mapas.

O mapa que criei estava aberto a toda a gente que quisesse adicionar as suas fotos e locais, e formatei o conceito nas primeiras fotos. A palavra espalhou-se principalmente através de retweets. À hora de almoço tinha algumas participações, não tantas como nos sites de informação claro, mas algumas visualmente interessantes. A RTPN – que usa muito bem o Twitter –  pegou na ideia e falou do mapa no segmento web do À Noite As Notícias. No final do  dia tinha uns 1,000 visitantes. Decidi aproveitar a  deixa e prolonguei a experiência pelo fim de semana, para ver no que dava.

A parte boa

A primeira impressão com que fiquei foi que existia uma vontade de participar e partilhar com outros a experiência pessoal desse dia. Houve muitas contribuições nos sites informativos e blogs que pediram imagens da vaga de frio, por isso havia muita matéria prima com que trabalhar.

A ideia pegou facilmente entre os meus contactos no Twitter, que ajudaram a gerar táfego para o mapa e obter links para fotos e slideshows. E havia coisas com qualidade.

Funcionalmente, o mapa foi fácil de montar, e não houve grandes problemas técnicos, embora me pedissem para pôr as fotos, em vez de serem os utilizadores a colocá-las por eles mesmos.

O número de visitantes também foi surpreendente: em três dias de vida útil o mapa teve mais de 2,500 visitantes. E apareci na TV.

A parte menos boa

Apesar de reparar num entusiamo inicial à volta do projecto, ele esmoreceu rapidamente. Era uma criação isolada, não associada a qualquer outro tipo de narrativa. Poderia ter funcionado melhor como mashup com informação meteorológica, comentários, feeds rss locais, hashtags do Twitter, etc.

Também tive que fazer grande parte do trabalho, esperava que os utilizadores pusessem as fotos no mapa, mas também não tinha nenhuma explicação sobre como fazê-lo. Talvez as expectativas fossem altas demais. As contribuições não foram só fotos mas também links para blogs que tinham outras imagens, e ainda pedi algumas a mais uns bloggers.

Demorei demasiado tempo a criar um domínio para o mapa, mas tive uma dica pelo Twitter para usar um gratuito (mapadofrio.pt.vu), mais fácil de lembrar e usar.

Conclusões

Para um projecto destes resultar não pode funcionar de forma isolada mas integrado numa narrativa contínua, aberto à colaboração e terá que ser mais fácil de interagir. Houve um interesse real por parte dos utilizadores em participar, por isso o poder da multidão é forte. Podia ter tido uma maior divulgação, mesmo com a menção na TV. Mas foi fácil, rápido e barato de montar. E até onde pude ver foi algo de único. Muitos sites pediram fotos e a colaboração dos utilizadores mas nada de mapas. A originalidade ganha pontos extra.

Para terminar esta curta análise, só queria agradecer a todas as pessoas que participaram e passaram a palavra. Cada vez mais a criação de conteúdos web depende da contribuição dos utilizadores.

E uma pergunta: que mais poderia ter sido feito?

Continue a ler ‘Analisys: experiment with a crowdsourced GoogleMap | Análise: experiências com um GoogleMap em crowdsource’

14
Jan
09

Suggestion: A Twitter digest | Sugestão: Um compilador para o Twitter

Threading the conversation | Alinhar a conversação

Threading the conversation | Alinhar a conversação

I thought about this when i saw Jim MacMillan’s Daily Tweet Digest: what about an application (plugin, widget, whatever) that would create a timeline with our daily tweets, and organized the conversation in threads, like in Tweetree?

It would work as a organized, semantic, relational tweetstream.

All the links shared could be previewed and it would also suggest other users referring to them. This is different from Friendfeed, where Twitter generates more noise than value, i prefer to use it as an aggregator of my social bookmarks and web applications. It could take advantage from hashtags, and other side applications like Twitpic, to add visual value to the timeline.

The goal would be a costumizable, visual, inter-related dialog line, based on our tweet conversation, to be used on our websites,  Tumblr-like, but with a bigger potential. Does anyone know if there’s something like this? Or maybe the tea at breakfast was too strong?

Pensei nisto quando vi o Daily Tweet Digest do Jim MacMillan: que tal uma aplicação (plugin, widget,seja lá o que for) que criasse uma timeline com os nossos tweets diários e organizasse a conversação em threads, como no Tweetree?

Funcionaria como uma espécie de tweetstream organizado, semântico e relacional.

Todos os links partilhados poderiam ser pré-visualizados e sugeriam outros utilizadores que os referissem. É diferente do FriendFeed onde o Twitter  gera mais ruído do que valor, prefiro usá-lo como agregador de social bookmarking e outras aplicações web. Poderia usar as hashtags, e outras aplicações paralelas como o Twitpic para adicionar valor visual à timeline.

O objectivo seria uma linha de diálogo personalizável, visual e interrelacionada, baseada na nossa conversação no Twitter, que desse para pôr num site, tipo Tumblr, mas com mais potencial. Alguém conhece alguma coisa assim? Ou o meu chá do pequeno almoço estava demasiado forte?

Continue a ler ‘Suggestion: A Twitter digest | Sugestão: Um compilador para o Twitter’

13
Jan
09

Today’s Special Links | Links do dia

At yesterday’s “Creating Video Narratives” workshop at Beyond Bootcamp, Washington Post video journalist Travis Fox shared his 10 guidelines for making video reports.

  • Golden Rule 6 Get close to the subject when interviewing them for audio purposes
  • Golden Rule 5: Stay quiet when shooting
  • Golden Rule 4: If you do not get the shot, you do not have it.

The new year brings with it the startling reality that I have got less than a month left on my NCTJ course.

I don’t know which scares me more: having to pass my exams in three weeks; or having to find a job. Probably both in equal measure.

While trying to decipher the difference between a ‘revenue support grant’ and ‘relative needs formulae’, I am also overhauling my CV.

Writing a CV is really difficult, especially when you think about the 50 million other people chasing the same jobs as you.

  • How do you make it stand out?
  • How many pages should it be?
  • Should you play it really straight?
  • Should you give it a humorous slant etc?
  • Is it okay to have gaps in your employment?
  • What if you haven’t worked for anyone yet?
  • Should you have a kitten pattern border running around it?

One of the common complaints from people in journalism about bloggers is that we just comment on reports in the news, we don’t do original reporting. It’s so often repeated it’s become a cliche, but it’s simply not true and I can prove it.

Seth Godin offers an interesting suggestion – and a wake-up call – to local newspapers hoping to get more local in a post titled Time to start a newspaper. The twist is that he’s offering this advice to real estate brokers or plumbers or anyone in local business looking to grow their local presence. And he thinks it would be easy to do:

Here’s how I would do it. Assume you’ve got six people in your office. Each person is responsible to do two things each day:

* Interview a local business, a local student or a local political activist. You can do it by phone, it can be very short and it might take you ten minutes.

* Get 20 households to ’subscribe’ by giving you their email address and asking for a free subscription. You can use direct contact or flyers or speeches to get your list.

As old media races to catch up with the Web and figure out how to successfully monetize print content online, one publication is taking a drastically different approach: web to print.

The Printed Blog, a startup founded and funded by former business productivity software entrepreneur Joshua Karp, is launching a twice-daily free print newspaper in cities across the country aggregating localized blog posts.

“Why hasn’t anyone tried to take the best content and bring it offline?” said Karp, who thinks print media is far from dying.

Continuing the free ebook spree, I’ve found 3 more on creativity and design.

The Vignelli Canon How do you design?

Continue a ler ‘Today’s Special Links | Links do dia’

09
Jan
09

Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana

The author of this WordPress plugin is only 16 and from Portugal.The kid has a future. Check out his webpage.

O autor deste plugin para o WordPress tem apenas 16 anos e é português. O miúdo tem futuro. Visitem o site dele.

To recap this remarkable year, NewsTrust editors have compiled a list of our top rated news and opinion from 2008. To qualify, each story had to have an average rating of 4.0 or higher and no fewer than ten reviews. We selected final entries from this short list on our special ‘Best of 2008’ topic page:


Our final selection — of ten news and five opinion pieces — was hand-picked by our editors from dozens of qualifying stories to reflect a wide range of sources, viewpoints and styles of coverage.

There has always been a touch of glamour associated with foreign correspondents, able to live in far-away lands and report on wars and strife, as in the Alfred Hitchcock movie “Foreign Correspondent,” quoted above. But today, Johnny Jones would likely be brought back from Europe in a round of cost-cutting at his newspaper, as foreign bureaus disappear at most American media outlets.

But Phil Balboni, the man who started the New England Cable News channel when no one thought 24-hour regional news TV would work, thinks he can bring new life to foreign correspondents with an online hub called GlobalPost, due to launch next Monday. His ambitious goal is to make GlobalPost the nerve center for American foreign correspondents, just as Politico has thrived as an axis of political journalism.

Writing about tech at times like these is, therefore, sort of a strange job. It entails reviewing products that are often expensive and definitely elective. At first glance, it would seem that spending on electronics would be one easy place to cut back.

But technology giveth, and technology taketh away. You might think of high-tech gadgetry as something that drains your bank account — but it can save you money, too. A lot of it.

Herewith: a few suggestions for using tech to save money. These aren’t new ideas; the press has covered all of these technologies before. But when every $100 counts, it’s worth dusting them off for another look. (The savings estimates below are typical, but of course your mileage may vary; it all depends on what services you’re paying for now.)

As reported on the Journalism.co.uk main site, Washington newspaper rivals have joined forces to publish shared links relating to extreme flooding in the Western Washington region, in one of the first examples of ‘networked link journalism’ in action.

Journalism.co.uk contacted Paul Balcerak, assistant editor of dynamic media at Sound Publishing, publisher of the PNWLocalNews.com site.

Further to his comments in the main piece, Balcerak shares here his thoughts on using Publish2, the link journalism site and application.

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Continue a ler ‘Links for the weekend | Links para o fim de semana’




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