Tag: facebook

by Gail Robinson

It’s clear that social networks have become a new kind of Holy Grail in the quest to build web traffic. What seems less clear is what all the tweeting, Tumblr-ing and Facebook posting is designed to do — and how to gauge its effectiveness. Gotham Gazette (GG), a small site that cannot afford consultants and [...] more »

by Teru Kuwayama

When she picked up the phone, I could tell from the sound of her voice that she didn’t know yet. “I’m sorry to tell you this — but I wanted you to hear from a friend, not Facebook. Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya. Chris Hondros too. I’m really sorry.” There’s a nauseating absurdity to [...] more »

by Brad Flora

As someone developing a new online ad platform for newspapers and magazines (NowSpots), I read a lot of news about the news industry. Waking up and reading the latest industry headlines on MediaGazer is always a highlight of my morning… unless there’s a story about Kachingle. Then I get irked. This happened recently, prompting me [...] more »

by Amy Saunderson-Meyer

As an information activist working in Zimbabwe, I’ve found the role of digital technologies in Egypt’s revolution fascinating. Here are some observations surrounding the 18 days of protest, which successfully challenged President Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30 years of rule. 1. People at the heart. Whilst information and communication technology (ICT) provided critical channels to mobilize [...] more »

by Matt Farwell

Over the weekend we learned that someone, somewhere, decided that Basetrack’s journalists would have to go. So after we posted up the letter, we scratched our heads and wondered why. Actually, we’re still wondering, especially since we received this note from the Marine Corps public affairs office in Afghanistan: Teru, Good chatting with you.  As [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

Back in the early days of websites — way back, a decade ago — there were far fewer publications on the web than there are today, of course, and many people read them as they had read print newspapers and magazines. A reader would go to a favorite site and check in perhaps once a [...] more »

by Retha Hill

One of the ways SeedSpeak will measure success is by the number of “seeds” that become successful projects or solutions in a community. Neighbors might suggest improvements to their community (“let’s turn a community lot into a neighborhood park” or “let’s paint a mural on a brick wall that faces a thoroughfare”), but unless the [...] more »

by Teru Kuwayama

As the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for.” In my case, I won a Knight News Challenge grant to launch an online, social media reporting network that follows a battalion of U.S. Marines throughout their deployment to southern Afghanistan. (Congratulations! You’ve won a year in Helmand Province, roadside bomb capital of the world…) [...] more »

by Juliana Rotich

Rebecca Wanjiku is a project assistant for Ushahidi in Kenya. She interfaces with many organizations and individuals who have inquiries about Ushahidi. In this post, she shares her perspective and experience. “How do we inspire active participation in a project that is non-political, and not related to a crisis?” 

This is a question asked by [...] more »

by Dan Schultz

Last December I wrote about digital community and social media tools in a post titled, In Search of a Community That Takes ‘Me’ Out of Social Media. My ultimate argument was that although community tools exist, they are underpowered and unpopular compared to modern networking systems like Facebook and Twitter. That post sparked a lot [...] more »