Friday, July 16, 2010

Weekend read: My weekly share on Twitter

I'm @dontgetcaught on Twitter, where I like to line up and share posts on new trends and ideas for communicators.  Here's what caught my eye in the week of July 12:

  • How long should you expect audience attention? Nieman Storyboard shared this exquisite essay by new media artist Peggy Nelson considering the attention span. Today, we whine about 3-minute YouTube videos, but that was the limit vaudeville artists gave themselves to win the audience. This site's one to follow if storytelling is your focus.
  • Job on the move: Zipcar, the car-share service, is looking for a Vice President of Communications in Cambridge, Mass. Want to try out Zipcar? Send me your email and I'll refer you--we'll both get credits to use.
  • About those online defections: TechCrunch reminds us that we were all going to quit Facebook just a few weeks ago, then points out its continued growth.  Good perspective so you don't flinch and panic the next time one of these angry protests hits the fan.
  • Attachments, it's all about the attachments: I know: You don't want no stinkin' ultralight camcorder. You want lenses you can attach and a big external mic. Well, here you go.
  • Move it to find it: A new survey suggests that mobile device users are 45% more likely to search locally.
  • Doing good with social networks:  Kenya has launched a new text service to report hate speech ahead of a new referendum, the BBC reports. If you're not watching African countries to understand new uses of mobile devices, you're missing one of the great secrets of social networking--on that continent, mobile device access is higher than computer access.
  • Facebook page admins get help, FB mobile gets bigger:  Facebook's experimenting with new ways to help page admins do better with interactions right from the get-go, Inside Facebook reports. Facebook Mobile has now passed 150 million users.
  • Inspiration for directors:  Via Frank Blanchard, loved this article on being a leader and being alone with your thoughts.
  • Share data in real-time:  EPA public information officer Melissa Anley-Mills writes about how EPA's making data sets available so you can search and analyze reports from the BP oil spill your own way.  A good model if you're sitting on data you can share.
  • Ford Foundation website offers new visualizations:  The new Ford Foundation website takes a visual approach to explaining its philanthropy. This is one to watch, in every sense.

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