InstaHeaven

I”ve been an Instagram user since 2012. As such, I guess this is not an appropriate medium to use for an assignment that instructed us to use a new tool and one not discussed in class. ¬†I’m pretty sure we didn’t take up Instagram officially in class, so maybe it qualifies at least on that front. ¬†But how I feel it IS appropriate to select ths platform for this assignment is because I have suddenly gained insight on how to use the application right. ¬†So it’s like it’s all new to me.

What caused me to realize some things about my Instragram use was a link shared by Nitzana that offered analytics for Instagram use. ¬†It’s called Iconosquare. And it’s very easy to use. But reading those results were not easy. Let me explain.

Because for once in my life I was a fairly early adopter with Instagram (within my circle of friends in Chattanooga, at least), I’ve had an opinion that my IG account was pretty darn active. ¬†I like to take photos, and I also like to archive them. IG has been a great outlet and resource on this front, beyond being terribly fun to see the ways all my fellow users employed the app. ¬†It has felt like that my IG has been pretty popular–highly frequented even.

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Not so much. The metrics don’t lie. ¬†I was somehow deluded about what kind of activity I had been putting into my IG.

For example: My most liked potos have some miserable rankings in the scheme of things.15? Seriously? That’s might highest number of likes? I was¬†convinced¬†I had higher numbers than that.

And what about my frequent buddies showing me IG love? I know that certainly there are a few on my friends list that like EVERYTHING I post. Deluded again. ¬†So many posts, and even Renay–my¬†best friend of over 20 years–has only liked me 27 times. Really? ¬†This has all made me do something thinking. And it occurred to me. “Maybe it’s because you don’t have enough IG¬†friends.”igersiconosquare

Simple enough realization, I guess, but it hadn’t happened because I was too busy focusing on quality and content posted instead of the size of my audience. Well I fixed that. I revamped my friends list to include as many people in my contacts list I could thing to add. I’ve seen an increase on my friends list of over 45 people in the last week.

So yeah. IG is new. For me. I’ve been SHOCKED at how much new activity has been prompted. ¬†And i’m excited to see how this platform can help me grow my engagement within the social media realm.

 

 

 

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Facebook Frenzy

Assignment: In your journal blog, describe what your Facebook strategy and goals might be. 

I’ve repeatedly established that I’m a good bit behind the curve when it comes to social media adoption and use. ¬†I typically have only co-opted to use social media because everyone else was. That was the case initially, for sure. It was incumbent to create a MySpace and then, even though I had a healthy presence there, I felt pretty much forced to go over to FaceBook because everyone else did.

Naturally, I was slow to be active on FaceBook. At once I learned it was a different animal than MySpace–not nearly as blog friendly and it lacked alot of the visual appeal and personalization aspects I had grown to enjoy on MySpace. ¬†But because I had learned the value of using MySpace as a “stage” where I “performed” for my willing fans (through blogging or posting videos of myself performing on stage at that time or through the ease of archiving pictures on that site), I did my best to adapt to FaceBook’s “stage.” ¬†This was an altogether different performance, though–much more succinct and far less personal.

Over the years, I’ve learned that being succinct and less personal is a good thing for me though. ¬†We know that general privacy rapidly becomes a larger concern, as discussed in this week’s reading. It’s on the note of personal privacy where FaceBook and social media in general are growing concerns for me.

I’ve said it before–my sexuality is not something I typically broadcast when I can’t control the audience. And that’s largely out of respect for the audience. Not everyone I know either wants to or needs to know that I’m same-sex attracted. ¬†(Indeed, when I was MySpace active, an anonymous person printed out a photo of myself with my boyfriend at the time from that site, taped it to a post card and mailed the photo to my mother. Luckily she never saw that because my sister-in-law scooped it out of my parents’ mailbox just in time. ¬†You can’t make this stuff up.)

And recently and to divulge another sensitive story in my personal life, I was messaged on FaceBook by a friend of my daughter’s family (yes, I said daughter) disparaging me about how I hadn’t been involved in that little girl’s life (long story). I made some major changes to my privacy settings after that incident by limiting my visibility to friends only. And by blocking not a few people. ¬†Social media makes the world smaller. And indeed, my social media presence and participation is precarious.

Because of the various and sundry issues, my FaceBook strategy has always been a sort of “what they don’t know won’t hurt ’em” mentality–and further, “be very careful about what you DO let ’em know.” ¬†I’ve let my hair down since I moved to Memphis, and because I value the “stage” aspect of social media more than ever before because most of my friends live over six hours away and because they’ve grown accustomed to my “performances.”

But the performance has had to be altered.

I used a FaceBook analytics program called Wolframalpha to actually get a handle on what is really going on with my FaceBook activity so I can be more sensible about how to best use it for my personal brand going forward.

The results were, to be conversational about it, very cool.

For example, it’s good genderto know my friends are largely female. They’re usually more comfortable with gay guys. And the ladies on my friends list have evidenced they’re by far bigger fans of #Bones. This knowledge will help me in going forward to know that I’m working with an audience that is almost 2/3 female.

I learned about my typical FaceBook activity from this metric analysis.  We read  more frequently all the time about what time of day is best to post on social minterfaceedia.
I clearly have trends in my personal use. And I believe my habits largely reflect what sources like The Huffington Post indicate are best practices according to time of day to post. This graphic also demonstrates that I largely use my iPhone to post–good information to know regarding purchasing/upgrading mobile phone service.

In considering how I will employ what I’m learning about social media best practices where FaceBook is concerned, I believe it’s also significant for me to consider the content that I post. ¬†I’ve seen recently that by linking to my blog on FaceBook creates exponential susagepikes on my blog activity. ¬†Clearly, I can utilize this technique to drive more traffic to my blog,
considering that I have 768 sets of eyes potentially looking at my FaceBook activity. ¬†This makes it all the more important to think more seriously about the wording and writing that I use on FaceBook. My “audience” knows me as a writer. Many of my friends are FaceBook immigrants from back in the day when I blogged heavily on MySpace. They pay attention to my words. ¬†And after looking at this word cloud from the analytics, I should pay more attention, too. Evidently I spend alot of time talking about “time” on FaceBook (not altogetwordcloudher in a positive sense most of the time now that I think about it). “Memphis” and” Chattanooga” are prominent words, as well as “new.” It’s easy to discern from just a glance at this that my FaceBook musings have been largely focused on my recent move to Memphis for grad school. ¬†This is a compelling glance at word usage/content.

Further and regarding content, it’s clear I need to focus more on posting photos. ¬†Studies continue to show that posting pictures is a very effective way to prompt engagement–especially the type of photos that are compelling enough not to warrant captions. As a sometime professional photographer, I understand this and I believe myself capcontentable in creating content of this nature that can be compelling. ¬†These results prompt
me to be more enthusiastic about posting more photos in the future. Because curation is an important new trend (and because, considering the graphic to the right I hardly every do it), linking to my creative writing blog and other sites of interest is a needful area in my FaceBook usage. It’s a tendencyI’ve largely avoided in the past, but it is inevitable that I must improve in that arena so I can increase engagement with my FaceBook activity.

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It’s amazing how infographics and data analytics can create an entirely different perception of one’s activity online. ¬†As with many other instances I’m encountering in this course and in graduate school at large, I’m new to alot of this. ¬†It actually kinda strikes fear inside me when every week rolls around and some other new social media concept has been mine to tackle. ¬†I feel like I’ve been largely successful and functionality in the online realm has increased significantly for my personal brand, for my online recreation and for promotion of my blog.

But when it comes to FaceBook, I’ve been very comfortable in that realm for a long time and have considered myself fairly savvy. But maybe not so much. ¬†With increased privacy concerns and with a glance at the figures I’ve included herein, I see several easy activities I can increase on my FaceBook wall that will further my engagement with others. And armed with these new illustrations of that Facebook reality, I can do so with less concern and more wisdom about how to compose content that won’t create further drama where my personal life is concerned.

The goal is increased engagement–especially when I can feel lonely in a new city and when I want to drive people to my blog. ¬†But the wisdom is not in simply more content, but the right kind of content–so that increased engagement is achieved but in the most positive way for everyone involved.

 

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Data-Driven Blogging

In our recent readings and exercise dealing with the rapid emergence of data and statistics as a driving new force for journalism, it emerged for me how the use of available data and the visualization of this information could be a significant component for the development of the GayGaze blog.

Considering that the very nature of GayGaze is pertaining to television and how gay men are typically incorrectly or inappropriately respresented therein, it’s significant to consider how inportant visualization and statistics are¬†specifically¬†when it comes to visual media and television in particualr. ¬†Words and opinions are important when it comes to a sensitive subject such as stereotypes for any branch of society that might be affected by stereotypical portrayal in the media. ¬†This is one important need that the blog provides–a place for me to write about what I see (and especially feel personally) about what strikes me as errant where gay men on television are concerned and for others to respond and participate in the discourse.

But inevitably, it’s not all about words and feelings.

Numbers and visuals must be used to portray the actual premise for the blog. And that is where the quickly emerging field of data-driven journalism comes into play.nielsen

The television industry has long been one driven by numbers. With such companies as Nielsen¬†¬†providing a long history of ratings and demographic information to the television industry for television consumption and viewing habits, it’s clear that for this particular arm of the media, numbers are pivotal. (It’s no small coincidence on that note that I was just again selected as a Nielsen “tv research home.” ¬†Their work and their numbers are real–I’m living proof!)

But how can these numbers and data play a role on GayGaze? It’s simple. One of the most effective ways to demonstrate the evolution of the portrayal of gay men on television is through compiling this statistical data provided by Nielsen and, more specifically, by GLAAD.

This is where data use and visualization concerning an electronic medium should be fairly easy and very beneficial. ¬†GLAAD is an advocacy organization that has specifically monitored the portrayal and inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in the media. According to its website, the organization “amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.”

Fortunately for those who are concerned with portrayal of the gay community on television (such as on my beat blog) and as a function of GLAAD’s above quoted mission, the organization annually releases reports of findings about gay representation in this setting.¬†¬†Its publications such as the “Network Responsibility Index,” “Where We Are on TV” specifically monitors and compiles data to represent representation. These publications are exhaustive and replete with percentages of portrayal by network and break down all the statistics pertaining to gay coverage in television entertainment programming and are available for free download from the organization’s website. This will be a major source of and component of data for the GayGaze blog. While potential blog users could likewise access this information themselves, the GayGaze blog will pare down the information and making it simpler and more visual to the specific topic of gay MEN on television.

Also and as a result of our recent mapping assignment in class, I envision how mapping could also play a role on the blog. While the central topic of the blog is focused on the furtherance of the presentation of heteronormative gay men on television, I’ve included a cultural section on it as well where I provide information for other men like myself to know about cultural aspects that are more to their tastes and comfort levels than perhaps typical gay bars. ¬†By doing hands on research, much like I have already documented on the blog, a developing map of whatever city I may live in or drawn from the experiences of others in other cities can provide men who might be same-sex-oriented but who want to know that hard-to-find information about whether to either meet other men like themselves in a social setting or even religious institutions or service providers who may cater to them more appropriately.

Essentially, then, it’s clear how data management from television studies and possibly even mapping services can provide prerogatives for my beat blog in ways that I might never have considered at the blog’s inception.

 

 

Professional Athletes and Twitter: More Uses and Grats

Assignment: Find an additional academic journal article on social media (you can choose a particular network or site) uses and gratifications to briefly summarize in your journal blog.

Understanding Professional Athletes’ Use of Twitter

This weeks’ reading highlighted age, social class, gender-related and cultural implications of uses and gratifications pertaining to social media. ¬†I found an academic article that added another fold to the layers–professional athletes’ use of Twitter.

Not surprisingly, I’m not much of a sports fan. But finding myself suddenly intrigued to such an extent by uses and gratifications pertaining to social media, this 2010 article by Hambrick, Simmons, Greenhalgh and Greenwell showcasing a content analysis of Twitter use by professional athletes was compelling reading.

The authors conducted a study to see how sports communication in general and particularly that of athletes themselves might be evolving via Twitter, when professional athletics has traditionally been a hearty user of media to communicate with its publics.  Essentially, the authors found that Twitter use has veritably changed the nature of this communication and demonstrates itself in six specific topic areas:

  • Diversion: pertaining to non-sports-related information provided by the athletes themselves on topics such as family, movies and restaurants
  • Interaction: involving direct communication between fellow athletes and with their fans
  • Information sharing: providing insight into the teams or sport in general and often pertaining to practice/training
  • Content: provided pictures, videos or blogging
  • Fanship: divulging opinions or observations on the athletes’ own sports likes
  • Promotional: involving discussion or perpetration of sponsorships, games, events and giveaways

The Tweets for the content analysis were drawn from sportsin140.com, a website devoted to identifying verified athlete Twitter accounts. The authors wrote, “rather than sanitized, impersonal communications about the latest game filtered through a team’s public relations department, professional athletes tweets tend to be more direct and address topics beyond sport.” This humanizes the athletes and, to some extent, allows fans to enjoy a more accessible and interpersonal relationship with them. ¬†Much like what others have discussed about Twitter use in the black community, the authors found that ¬†professional athletes likewise largely use Twitter to communicate directly, whether it was from athlete-to-athlete or from athlete-to-fan in an unfiltered and personalized manner rather than in the more publicly communicative sense typically associated¬†with general Twitter use.

 

 

LinkedIn: I’m BAAAAAACK…

Assignment: Establish a LinkedIn profile if you don’t have one. Enhance your profile if you do have one; join groups and interact with others. Please describe what you did to enhance your profile in the journal blog. Also discuss in journal blog: What are you doing to establish your personal brand online? What could you be doing better? What do you plan to do in the future? What strategies will you employ?

I can hear the collective gasp in the audience when I reveal that I already had a LinkedIn profile before this class. I know! I’m sure it has appeared that I have evaded and avoided all things Internet and social media for the last decade of my life, made so obvious by the routine of this class. ¬†And to some extent, that was true of my life before grad school.

But in contemporary society and regardless how much we ‘late-adopt’ or maybe even try to avoid social endeavor online, these days the Internet is a required resource when you’re looking for a job. ¬†And unfortunately, I found myself doing just that on a recurring basis over the last decade. ¬†I found myself in the restaurant business in 2003, after financial struggles led me away from the news business. ¬†It was the allure of singing that made me go that path when I found a gig singing in a restaurant. ¬†But as it appears things typically go in my life, good things come to an end.

That singing gig eventually ran away from me, and I found myself squeezing out a living by waiting tables.  And I was miserable. Enter months of job searching and my eventual creation of a LinkedIn profile.

I had basically forgotten I had that profile until this topic came up in class. ¬†I’m not really sure my LinkedIn account¬†ever actually led me to a new job.¬†After revisiting that profile right now for the first time in as many years as I can recall, I can see why that might have been. ¬†I did a terrible job creating it. ¬†Looking over it right now, I see that the ONLY experience I included on it was restaurant-oriented–when at the time I created it, all I wanted was to get out of the restaurant business!! ¬†And the profile picture‚Ķall I can say is THAT was a bad call. ¬†On further examination, I noticed that out of 16 listed skills and endorsements, only half of them pertained to any of my skills that I needed to highlight to get me back to a professional career setting. The rest of these indications of skill were simply distracting (such as “entertainment” and “versatile writer”–both so ambiguous they could be wildly misconstrued). Amazing.

Meanwhile I had 13 requests and several emails requesting endorsements that I had basically ignored during the time I left this profile sitting idle. Who knows how many of those were lost connections I could’ve used when I have previously needed a career change. ¬†And further, who knows how much longer I would’ve let this stale and inaccurate professional profile dangle in the ether had I not been challenged to update it for this class. ¬†I’m thankful for the opportunity to be in graduate school (which happened without a LinkedIn presence to speak of..lol), but if this door hadn’t opened I can only project that I would still be idle in Chattanooga and ignoring some awesome resources I had at my fingertips all the while. ¬†I won’t neglect my LinkedIn profile any longer!

Here’s the link to my new and WAY IMPROVED profile:

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=205515535&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

In revamping myself on LinkedIn, I linked to the academic journal in which I was published at Georgia State University, I joined three groups (one of which is directly related to media studies, which is the focus of my professional project), I sought out and invited some old colleagues from prior professional settings, and I linked to several people whom I’ve met here in Memphis and who will undoubtedly be helpful as my education and eventual career search evolves forward.

Personal branding is paramount in today’s professional society. I have been pretty slack in this endeavor, although careful to consider my respective audiences on the various social media platforms I use. ¬†As discussed elsewhere on this blog, I reserve Twitter for the primary outlet for discussion of gay stereotypes and establishing contents within the gay community to further my research and actual social contacts in general. In turn, Facebook has been my primary means of contact with friends and family from back home in north Georgia. My brand in that setting is a far less personal representation. This is a necessity considering my alternative lifestyle and the narrow-mindedness of many people whom I still value in that audience. ¬†I had intended to brand myself within my ongoing media studies of gay stereotypes on television with my topic blog, but as discussed in another post, that endeavor has proved to be too vulnerable and personally challenging. ¬†I’m strongly reconsidering my prior consideration to forge ahead with that blog under a pseudonym because I’m just not comfortable being that ‘out and proud’ in the online setting.

As to how I could manage all of this branding better, it would be ideal if I could streamline all these various identities into one cohesive identity that I could exert across all platforms. I believe consistency and accountability are significant human attributes. Those who exhibit these attributes have my utmost respect. And when my urge is to exemplify these traits as well (and I do my best in my private life), I’m just not in¬†a life position¬†where I can be consistent with my brand platform-wide.

I have re-oriented my thinking, however, and in that light I intend to focus more attention on my blog that has thus far been used for journal and reading insights. ¬†I gave that blog a new theme and established some further metrics tools with it so that I can maybe re-illuminate a creative writing outlet like I once had with my Myspace blog in the late 2000’s that reached over 34,000 hits. ¬†With my energies devoted to this blog in specific, I believe I can streamline my online presence to more consistency and accountability.

My engagement strategy will be a simple one. It worked extraordinarily by the very nature of Myspace, wherein each new time I posted a new creative writing blog an alert was inserted on my profile so that all my friends could see it. ¬†In the current setting (and because I have been working on a ‘blog-a-day project for this new creative writing momentum), I will simply link each new post to my Facebook status and to my Twitter account. ¬†The bulk of my prior readership is still contained in contacts lists between these two platforms. I’m confident that consistently posting links to each new blog update will draw healthy traffic to this creative writing blog in short order.

 

 

 

Reflections on Photo and Video Projects

Because my struggle with both the photo and video projects was directly related, as are the perceived benefits of utilizing both media in a social-media-driven world, I decided to sum up my reflections about both projects together.

First of all, my challenge for these challenges was rooted in my equipment. I had an old phone. It worked, but not like I wanted it to. My increasing awareness of how much less quality was demonstrated in my photoaday shots of Bones submitted to the class photo blog as compared to some of my classmates’ was already indication enough that I needed an upgrade. Then the added responsibility of trying to shoot even decent video footage with that old phone made a phone upgrade a requirement. But allow me to now say that this phone upgrade was long overdue for more reasons than these assignments. (I feel like a new man armed with this new device. It has already made my life easier in so many ways.!)

PHOTO:

As I previously discussed in the Photoaday Challenge blog and pertaining to the photo assignment, the mere shortcomings of my phone weren’t the only hangup. There is only so much one can do creatively with a phone camera. But in this aspect, I am pretty proud of myself. I feel like I overcame the limited functionality of this basic type of camera and produced some creatively composed shots.

But I must say that trying to come up with ideas for photos that were pertaining to a blog about gay male stereotypes on television was no small hurdle.  I struggled with WHAT to even shoot for days.  I could think of gay-related image ideas, but how to tie them to television was tough.

 

In an attempt to find people or objects that might even be affiliated with homosexuality in general, I spent some time at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC).¬† I snagged a decent photo or two during the two days I spent there, but more than that and as a sidebar, I gained some new friends and new affiliations within the Memphis gay community that I think will help me feel more at home here. (I even joined a softball league. lol)¬† But I still needed more photos for the assignment–and I was drawing blanks.

Because my photography attempt at the MGLCC didn’t really pan out where content for photos was concerned, I knew I needed to seek some further insight. Fortunately, I had made friends with University of Memphis staff photographer Rhonda Cosentino during my first visit to Memphis last summer. I turned to her for input, and her help was invaluable. She gets full credit for the concept of the two faceless men holding hands. (Thanks to Calvin Carter and Bret Weaver for posing for that shot!)¬† She also had some other great ideas that I would’ve needed some models for, but I just didn’t have the resources or the opportunities (or the willing participants) to pull those off. But I can say that her insight inspired me to come up with some other ideas of my own–namely, the image of the television remote control swaddled in a rainbow flag. That concept and the resultant image make me proud of my work.

I’m also proud of the personal headshot of myself wearing earrings. This was¬† gutsy move on my part, considering how I am perennially concerned about whom in the faceless internet audience might be seeing/reading imagery that I post.¬† But I felt the image and the message were poignant enough with this particular shot to make the risk worth it. I composed a total of 16 photos and successfully posted them to my own new Flickr page, highlighting my three favorites on my blog.

All in all, I feel like I overcame both content and equipment challenges to pull off the Photo Assignment and depicted some creative imagery that reflects the topic of my blog, who I am as a gay man, and awareness of human equality in general.

 VIDEO:

Composing a video relevant to my beat blog topic of gay male stereotypes on television was altogether a far more difficult endeavor.

My initial intent at how to compose this video was to draw on my professional experience as a television news reporter. It made sense to compose what would basically amount to a television news package, including interviews with members of the community including their opinions about the media’s treatment of gay men on television. With this in mind, I invested the two days at MGLCC, interviewing employees and volunteers for their opinions. I shot a good bit of B-roll footage at the center as well, trying to capture any images that may seem relevant to the topic.

That all might have been a good idea, except that literally almost none of the footage turned out at even decent quality on my old phone. Indeed, one of the most important segments of footage I shot turned out with NO audio AT ALL. (And I’m not altogether certain whether that was equipment or operator culpability.) Either way, when all was said and done after the two days’ excursion, I had no where near enough appropriate footage to compose a news package–and a volunteer who had grown weary of my presence and my needs.¬† And it’s probably just as well that I had to scrap the tv news package idea anyways. I had no idea where or how I was going to edit the package using 3-audio tracks.

So after some more hours of stress, I devised a simpler plan that would involve less complicated editing but with which I could still fall back on my old television news skills. Armed with my new phone, I decided to create a faux newscast ‘breaking the news’ of non-traditional gay male types appearing on television.

That seemed like a tremendous idea that might seem creatively related to my beat blog–until I had to actually make myself do it. I can’t lie. I had as much fear about whether any of my old anchor skills were still intact as I did about what I would do with any decent footage I shot in the process. It’s been 15 years since I sat on an anchor desk, after all. I wasn’t sure I still had it in me.

As it turned out, I not only discovered I could still ‘anchor’ a ‘newscast,’ but that I am actually better at it than I used to be. Perhaps it was from many years of live emceeing a nightly music show at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Station House, or perhaps it was out of general sense of having matured. Whatever the reason, not only did I find it easy to create the faux newscast, I had a blast doing it. All by myself, in the privacy of my home, I let myself be free on the field and to just explore my own capabilities. I’m pretty impressed with what I produced.¬† Never mind the two crazy characters I portrayed as a part of the newscast gave the actor inside a little opportunity to flourish as well.¬† After a number of costume changes and a little bit of memorization to be prepared to recite the script, I was able to shoot footage I was happy with in the course of only a couple of hours.

Then came the next dreadful step–tackling iMovie software for the first time ever.¬† But just as I fared with facing my fear of ‘anchoring’ again, I discovered that iMovie was far more user-friendly and easily navigable than I could’ve hoped.¬† After a few Google tutorials and some pure determination, I managed to produce the 3-minute ‘newscast’ of Gay News Now in less than five hours. Wow. I couldn’t believe it. And in spite of my concerns about some of the content, I couldn’t have been more proud of what I created.

For the final stages of the assignment, including uploading the video to YouTube and posting the video to my blog, I found no difficulty. I had never really attempted to upload or embed videos this way, so naturally I was concerned. But the endeavor came off without a hitch. (And my apologies once again for needing the video to be posted to Facebook by someone other than myself. Understanding is much obliged.)

As to insight I gained about using photographic and video tools within the social media realm, I gained plenty. Clearly, to produce quality is paramount. And the attempt to do so can be laden with challenges. This felt not unlike my experience when I worked as a television news reporter, as equipment and operator malfunction was common.  The incumbent responsibility, however, is to rise above any obstacles and strive to deliver quality product in a timely manner. I believe I managed to do just that and learned substantially about how to handle instances like the ones I dealt with in the future.

Further and more profoundly, it’s only the more obvious how utilizing photos and videos can amplify an online message and prompt further engagement in a noisy online world.¬† Internet consumers have myriad options online. Content producers must be cognizant, and create as much specialized programming and content in as many media forms and channels as possible in any attempt to prompt engagement in the online community.

 

 

 

 

 

Math and Journalism: #wjchat Storified

After my ambitious intentions (and subsequent struggles) to utilize Rupaul’s Drag Race and hashtag #dragrace as the setting for my assigned Twitter chat, I learned the setting for a viable chat needed to be smaller, more intimate and actually more specialized.¬† Alongside my classmates in Social Media Theory, I participated in such a Twitter chat during the weekly #wjchat scenario, which takes up different topics each week pertaining to journalism.¬† Journalism professionals, professors and students from all across the country participated. I got a firm grasp on how a Twitter chat should actually work during this process.

An interesting observation did surface during this Twitter chat as well. While the primary (and also challenging) conversation about math and its role in journalism continued on the main hashtag feed, I saw pretty quickly that subsets of conversation can easily develop during these scenarios.  An observation I made engaged two other participants in the Twitter chat (who also happened to be classmates and who have two very different backgrounds in journalism).  I was intrigued to see how our semi-private, related yet unrelated conversation developed its own identity while the three of us maintained engagement in the main Twitter chat conversation.

Indeed, it’s accurate to say that for a guy who only a few weeks ago had never even really tweeted at all, my experience with Twitter already has advanced far beyond capabilities and benefit of understanding that I could’ve never foreseen. Follow the link below to see how I’m evolving!

http://storify.com/thevoiceofbarry/wjchat-storified