Week 7

podcasts and the social media ecosystem

  • Housekeeping
  • Group projects
  • What Is The Social Media Ecosystem?
  • Blog Usability

Housekeeping

  • Blog “voice” check: use your headlines to “sell” your post to the person who sees it in the RSS reader.
  • NO “uncategorized” posts!!! Fix these before next week, please. 🙂

Group Projects

  • In your groups — Discuss what you learned from the other teams as a result of reviewing their proposals. How are you going to change/refine your proposal, based on that insight? BLOG this as a comment on your “page” on the course blog; due before this breakout ENDS. Report back to the class at large on how you are planning to incorporate the feedback into your final proposal.

Shout-Outs

Social media ecosystem

Blog usability and reader expectations (with a little SEO for seasoning)

  • Link usability tips (color, style)
  • Link usability/SEO tips (no “click here” links!)
  • Type usability tips (sans serif rules – why?)
  • The need for contrast (dark on light rules – why?)
  • Why readers need categorized posts!
  • Test ride your headlines (stick the phrase into your favorite search engine)

Reminder: your blog will be evaluated at the end of the quarter on how well it matches genre as well as how usable/readable it is!

  • Solo Lab Assignment — Pick one blog that you are reading this quarter and one podcast that you are listening to/watching. [Or pick one from the 2009 student list – if your info isn’t on the list, please add it! – or the 2008 list] Create one blog post (categorize it “assignment” or “PIB Assignment”) that analyzes the blogs — design, readability, genre allegiance, etc.  Use the criteria we used to analyze proposals — reverse engineer (deduce) the answers to things like “who is the audience” and provide evidence for your deductions. Due next Tuesday before class.

Next Week:

  • Blog post (see above assignment)
  • Revisit your blog design given our discussion tonight. Whether you decide to change nothing or change a lot, make a post before class next week that details your analysis of your blog design and why you changed or didn’t change it.
  • Lecture will begin at 8 pm; 6-8 pm is group project time.

Last Week Assignment: Podcast Promos

Resources

Tags & Folksonomies

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