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Twitter Places and its Uses

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I looked at Twitter Places this week to figure out how journalists could use it.  Unlike Gowalla and Foursquare, Twitter doesn’t check someone into a location, but ties their tweets to a specific location.  This means that Twitter’s check in service plays a much different role in the way it can be used in reporting. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/26 at 22:00

Protecting your Online Identity

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GMA News posted an article on keeping your identity safe in the online world.  The article covers the basics such as checking websites out for legitimacy before signing in and putting your personal information into their database, using strong passwords, and avoiding phishing schemes to nab your login and password information.  The digital world is more relevant to our every day lives and we must be careful about who we give our information out to. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/25 at 21:32

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Metro’s Social Media Campaign

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DC’s Metro system isn’t the most popular.  It’s difficulties have become the subject of music videos and the system faces constant scrutiny under social media.  While Metro has sent out email updates and uses its NextBus technology to keep people informed of Metro status, people still complain that the system is slow and inaccurate.  Thankfully, the Washington Post reveals that Metro is launching an aggressive social media campaign to help address the challenges they face in social media. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/19 at 21:39

My Social Media Policies

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After looking over the social media policies of NPR and the Washington Post for class I decided to take advantage of the topic and look at my own policies.  While I don’t play by a set of hard rules, I do follow some general guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/19 at 00:34

Maintaining the Social Presence

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I met with the dean of my program today and realized something as we talked about my future as a reporter.  You must post and be active on social media every day if you want to be competitive as a reporter.  Technology has reached the point where future reporters don’t need to be part of a magazine, newspaper, TV or Radio station to start reporting the news and there are already success stories out there that prove you don’t need to be associated with a particular news entity to make a living. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/12 at 22:55

Are Social Networks Better Than Search Engines?

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Last week I was pointed towards Paul Sutton’s #NoSearchProject.  The blog is an experiment to see if Sutton can go without using a search engine for two months.  Sutton’s role as a social communications head at a PR company makes this task even more difficult because of his constant need of digital information.  The experiment is in its fifth week now, but already Sutton has made some interesting discoveries, the most important of which is that you don’t actually need to use a search engine.

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Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/11 at 20:04

What’s the Difference Between Social Media Experts and Experienced Social Media Users

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Last month I wrote a post titled “Why Social Media Experts Keep Finding Jobs” that focused on social media gurus and why we don’t really need to hire them.  The post was based on an article by Peter Shankman that explained why he wouldn’t hire someone who used that kind of title when applying for jobs.  I certainly agree that you should avoid anyone branding themselves an expert at social media, I’m starting to feel someone listing experience with social media shouldn’t necessarily be avoided. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/05 at 20:27