Category social networking

#savetwinpeaks – a digital campaign born and fought on social media

If anyone underestimated the power of social media in modern society, they should look no further than a current campaign on Twitter. It surrounds the reboot of the cult TV series ‘Twin Peaks‘ (for those not familiar, its creator is offbeat director David Lynch and Mark Frost – it’s a seminal piece of early 90s […]

Death by a thousands cuts: Transfer witter makes me bitter on Twitter

I’m a big football fan. And I’m sorry Leeds folks, but if you didn’t know I follow that team in red from t’other side of t’Pennines (and anyone suggesting Liverpool gets a slap!). It’s that time of the year when the papers are full of transfer speculation, gossip and nonsense about which team’s going to […]

Cardiff’s Centre for Community Journalism launched

I was in Cardiff this week to see the launch of Cardiff University’s highly anticipated and hugely ambitious Centre For Community Journalism. The event was a big success – a day-long series of talks on a variety of issues facing hyoperlocal and community journalism, such as funding, building community, social media, and how to build successful […]

Twitter: Celebrating @peopleofleeds ‘rotation curation’ project

A Leeds-based Twitter account with a difference has marked its first birthday with a special party this week. On 16th January 2012, @peopleofleeds was born. Check out their blog here. Kickstarting the #rotationcuration movement in the city, @peopleofleeds took an idea from the Swedish government (who allowed citizens to tweet from their official account) and […]

Sunday reading: Augmented reality, geotagging and Google

Here’s your weekly round-up of some of the stuff I’ve been reading this week. And folks, do have a good Christmas too! Andy Dickinson blogs on, well, a shift away from blogs for journalists. Is social media just so much more relevant now?

Leeds hyperlocal scene: December 2012 update

“What a disappointment hyperlocal blogging has turned out to be.” That was the opening paragraph of a post a couple of months ago which caught my attention. Written by Marc Reeves (a former editor of the Birmingham Post), the article was on Rethinking Regional Media’s website and it asked why Birmingham’s hyperlocal bloggers had failed to deliver.

The story of Manchester Hack in tweets

I’ve used curation tool Storify to curate some of the Tweets at yesterday’s Manchester hack day.   Shame Storify doesn’t embed in blog at the moment, but here’s the link:     [View the story “Manchester hack” on Storify]

Bookmarked: Hyperlocal social network sites

Several social network sites have been launched that aim to be a more ‘localised’ versions of Facebook – i.e. they want to bring people together from one particular neighbourhood or area to chat, find out what’s happening locally, and to get organised. Blog HU12 has been having a look at these and focusses on,, and […]

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