Here Comes Everybody

In class this week, we focused on tools (open architecture and Web 2.0 applications) and culture (of participation, collective intelligence, etc.)—these two facets of convergence that are driving the internet we know today. Think of this part of the course as scaffolding work: once we understand how the Web works, at a conceptual level, then we can begin to figure out best strategies for doing journalism in this new context. It’s about speaking the language of the Web—and that requires some fundamentals up front.

So, our next step is to investigate what this convergence/digital culture means for (1) communities, social action, and information-sharing at a broad society level; and (2) for journalism in particular. In other words, how do these changes in tools and culture play out in the media realm in which you’re going to operate?

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Clay Shirky’s book Here Comes Everybody is perhaps the best book to answer that question. For Tuesday, read chapters 1-5 and come ready to discuss the key principles and how they apply to media/journalism. In the meantime, in lieu of a comment here on the blog in response to this reading, I’d like you to experiment with doing your response in another forum—on your own personal Tumblr or Posterous blog.

Yes, this leads us to this weekend’s social media assignment. It’s pretty simple:

1. Sign up for Posterous and learn how to use it (hint: it’s dead-easy blogging). Create some content (photos, text, whatever suits your interests), and otherwise just try to get the hang of it. Perhaps just think of it as a public diary, and try posting at least once a day for 3-4 days. Play around with different forms, with links, etc.

2. Ditto for Tumblr, which has a slightly different structure but offers some similar easy-to-post options and other ways to incorporate flows from elsewhere (like your Twitter feed). Guides like this might also help. The key here is just to become familiar with both blogging options.

3. IMPORTANT: Of your posts on either blog, make at least one in response to the Shirky reading, just like you normally would have done so here on this blog.

4. Then, in the comments section here (below), please drop a line that includes links to your Posterous and Tumblr sites so we can see each other’s work.

Finally, keep up with your RSS readings as you go … in fact, I would encourage you to take cool items you find via RSS and integrate them into your blogging streams, if you can … OK, have a great weekend!

17 Responses to “Here Comes Everybody”

  1. 1 Donnie Hogan January 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I just started playing around with these sites yesterday, so it’s hard for me to judge which one I like more. I think posterous is more simple and easy to navigate, however I think it’s annoying that I have to e-mail anything that I want to appear on this site. I’d rather just be able to upload content from the dashboard interface. Here are my links. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

  2. 2 Amber Genuske January 31, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I agree with Donnie, Posterous is incredibly easy to use however it would be a lot more personal to be able to upload my own content. I have always wanted to have a Tumblr site, so I think I will keep this one up. Below are the links to my sites.

  3. 3 hollymacrossin January 31, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Posterous seemed weird to me at first, but now that I’m playing around with this site it makes more sense. I guess uploading your blog content directly from email is pretty handy. Tumblr still has me confused, but I feel like there are a lot more opportunities on that site. There are a bunch of options and preferences to customize the page as your own. I’m actually excited to figure both of these out and be a regular blogger.

    My links:

  4. 4 Jordyn Davenport February 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Both of these seem really easy to use so far except that I can’t figure out how to post a song yet on Tumblr. I like the convenience of posterous but I figure if I’m going to be sitting at my computer writing an email I might as well just be using the site to post stuff. The only thing that I wish they both had was a stats tracker like WordPress so I could see how many hits there were.

  5. 5 Patricia Rodriguez February 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I don’t like the e-mail system of posterous. I feels like the content is out of your control in some way. What if you check that blog later and don’t like the way it looks, or something? I guess you have to e-mail them and request a change. Tumblr, however has a fantastic interface. I love how it distinguished the type of blog post i.e. link, video, audio etc. Also (as you can see on my tumblr) I love that I can download the app for my iphone and use that to upload content. Here are my links:

  6. 6 katiemyung February 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Both of these blogs are easy to use but I think Tumblr is better. Because Posterous’ email system made me annoying when I uploaded my content. when I used ‘share function’ from another blogs or site, it was easy to upload content. However, if I wnated to post my own stuffs, I had to email to Posterous’ email. It seems weired to me because I could not understand why I have to post my content via someone. However, I like Tumblr more and I am willing to use it for a while until I will find another good blog!

  7. 7 Kurt Mitschke February 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I used Posterous first and liked it, but after using Tumblr I became hooked. I ended up using Tumblr as just a music blog, posting videos from Youtube, but I played around with all of the other features and found it really interesting. A cool feature about Tumblr is that you can call from your phone and leave a direct audio recording that shows up instantly on your page. The share functions on both are really neat as well, and they made posting so simple. Initially, I had all of my accounts linked on both Tumblr and Posterous, but for some reason didn’t really like having it that way. Overall, I liked them both and I plan to maintain them.

    Also, a lot of people were having trouble posting on Posterous without having to go through email. On your blog page, you can go to the “Manage” link at the top right of your screen and then on the next page there is a drop down menu with the option to “post by web.”

  8. 8 Yolande Yip February 1, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I have detailed my views on Posterous and Tumblr on Posterous.

    My Shirky post can be found on Tumblr.

  9. 9 Doug Luippold February 2, 2010 at 12:56 am

    This is the first time I have blogged, and so far I am not too keen on keeping it up. Mainly because I just think that anything I write for the consumption of others should be stellar, and I don’t have that much to say. Let’s see if that changes throughout the semester. I bet it probably will. My thoughts on Shirky are in my Posterous blog

  10. 10 Will Anderson February 2, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Check and check. I don’t have a preference to either, they’re both very simple, so we’ll just see which becomes my go-to spot out of habit.

  11. 11 Sean Beherec February 2, 2010 at 1:24 am

    I thought both sites were pretty easy to use after I got used to them. I definitely prefer the Tumblr interface to the Posterous one though, even with the publishing feature from the Web. The Tumblr interface is more user-friendly, with big graphics and better fonts. It also has a cooler name, and that’s really all I care about.

  12. 12 Ryan Murphy February 2, 2010 at 1:37 am
    (my tumblr)

    I have a long history with tumblr (see link), so I decided to put much more focus on Posterous for the sake of this assignment. I was first informed about Posterous’ existence last semester as a potential blogging platform for a course project, but I simply did not have enough time to customize it like I wanted and had to go to Blogger instead. Although I find myself struggling with the limitations of Posterous in terms of exact post control (such as image placement, it happens on Tumblr as well), I definitely see the advantages of the simple “email and go” mentality of the platform, which I am taking advantage of. Another nifty bonus? The bookmarklet knows to understand highlighted text as a quote.

    Shirky insights can be found in the Posterous.

  13. 13 emilywatkins February 2, 2010 at 2:19 am

    This was my first experience with Posterous and Tumblr. Both sites are easy to use and very efficient in terms of posting different types of media. I like how you can e-mail posts to Posterous because I constantly check my e-mail and think I would be more likely to keep up with a blog via e-mail. Aside from that feature, I like Tumblr more than Posterous because I prefer its design and interface.

  14. 14 John Lee February 2, 2010 at 2:26 am

    This was my first experience with both websites and only ONE emerged as a winner. TUMBLR. I canNOT stand posterous. It is immensely a pain to deal with. In order to post images, I have to attach them. The platform is difficult and hard to navigate, especially compared to Tumblr’s user-friendly platform.

    Shirky thoughts are obviously on the Tumblr site.

  15. 16 Hannah February 2, 2010 at 3:44 am

    I am not a fan of posterous. It might be helpful for someone who can’t grasp the concept of a blog but has information he really wants to share, but it really frustrated me. It’s overly simple, and I felt like I had no control over anything.

    Tumblr was a little better, because you have more choices. It looks nicer, and you can put things where you want them. The method for creating posts is for familiar to me, which made it easier as well.

  16. 17 victorialeece February 2, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Tumblr is more user-friendly, mostly because of the large and visually appealing icons. I’m a sucker for this, so I enjoyed this tool. I think it’s more multimedia oriented than Posterous as well.

    Post on Tumblr.

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