IAB Rising Voices in Social Media

Yet again I’m bigging up the IAB Rising Voices in Social Media course. We’ve a been profiled and linked in one place and I think its a great way of getting us to all get to know each other in a virtual sense before we sit in a classroom together over the next few months.

There’s a competitive element too and that involves driving the most blog traffic we can with the winner announced at the end. Needless to say I’ve got some catching up to do!


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Devo do things differently!

Deciding what tracks make the cut to get that all killer no filler album must be a tough job. To any web savvy band the best way must be to throw it open to the fans and that’s exactly what legendary post punk band Devo (NOT the opera ‘band) have done.

Not only is it a joy to navigate through, with help from your host, but after you have voted and uploaded your picture you become part of the data as they are mosaics of all of your pics.

You can get involved yourself here and see what I’m inarticulately describing for yourself


Infographics, what’s not to like?

With the election looming and complicated stats becoming an even more integral part of the news media it seems a good time to see what everyone actually makes of infographics.

Personally, I am a big fan of infographics as they make potentially dry figures often seem really interesting, especially when presenting. Anyone who’s sat through a 100 slide presso of the same “3-d” ppt graph can surely empathise here. Equally as someone who hates excel (this is not looking good for Microsoft) i am intrigued by how they are acrually constructed.

Despite being a slightly wanky buzz-ter at the moment I think they just show a really nice way of looking at stats and any change from the dull powerpoint slides. The guys at http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/ certainly have the right idea!

Hell, they can also be fun!
“An “Infographic” Infrographic by Phil Gyford via notes.husk.org”

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Becoming a rising voice in social media!

First session of the IAB’s new social media course, aiming to “cut through social media hype and facilitate real expertise within the industry.”

So we are all due to be the rising voices in social media, a big claim maybe but there its a great course and there were some really interesting speakers. Pretty sure only two people checked in on FourSquare, so maybe gawker was right and the checking on fun is over? http://gawker.com/5506461/if-you-use-foursquare-you-are-an-annoying-jackass

Seems to be pretty competitive already with twinfluence/klout being part of your final assessment.

Am I the only person who always mistakes the coffee for tea at these things?