So this is the first of my experimental series of mini-posts; just a few thoughts on some things I’ve come across recently. As/if I write more detailed entries, I’ll insert links.
Remember that Squidoo internship I wrote about a little while ago? Happy to say that I was selected for it and have been working on it for the last few weeks or so. There’s five of us; we’re a mixture of experienced Squidoo lensmasters, bloggers, left- and right-brainers. We’re putting together a few different things now, and while they’re still in the planning phase, stay tuned! I personally find what we’re doing is really exciting, the people I work with are incredibly engaging and remarkable, and I’m looking forward to seeing our efforts grow over the course of the next month and a half (the internship ends mid-October).
Followers versus Friends
Brazen Careerist has chosen a follower model for their (somewhat) new social network. Instead of becoming “friends” with someone, you become their fan, and as a result all of their activity across the site is added to your feed. It’s an interesting choice, and one that many new social networks must make. In a follower model, you may end up with all sorts of skewed network dynamics (some might say weak ties if they span interest groups) due to the single sided nature of the relationships. On the other hand, you have the reciprocity principle driving people to follow back and complete the two way relationship – something that defeats the point of establishing a one-way relationship network. Brazen Careerist is not LinkedIn, and it of course serves a different function. But I wonder how Brazen Careerist’s network will grow given this one-way relationship, and what we will be able to learn from comparing it to LinkedIn.
I watched the “Tweet-peat” of Fringe on Fox last night (I happen to like the show), and it’s an interesting concept. They had a number of producers and cast members responding to viewer questions and providing thoughts throughout the show, which they both broadcast on @FRINGEonFOX and over the airing of the episode on the TV. It’s an interesting blending of new media and old. I’ve seen this done before, like with Current TV’s election coverage, but it’s nice to see the larger networks hopping on the bandwagon. One thing though: they only broadcast the tweets of the producers and cast on the TV, so it was like listening to half a conversation. It would have been much better had they put the questions and answers up, so we could follow along. Or better yet, they could also have had a streaming version of the episode so we wouldn’t have to watch two screens to get the whole picture – it was a bit distracting. There’s another tweet-peat tonight of Glee, which I actually don’t plan on watching, but I wonder if they’ll take the lessons they learned from last night and apply them tonight.