Memories of London

January 27, 2007 § Leave a comment

Another thought provoking Museum of London  effort, MapMyLondon.com  is  a great idea, basically you can attach text, a photo, video and sound files to a google map of London to create a mosaic of London memories. The site sorts the content by themes such as “Love&Loss”, “Joy&Struggle”, “Fate&Coincidence” and you can add your own themes – how about “Broke&Australian”. The google map keeps crashing for me so I haven’t had a good look at the memories or added any of my own but hope to soon.

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Brooklyn Museum Community

January 20, 2007 § Leave a comment

Have you noticed that the Brooklyn Museum has a Community section on their website? The first page says “The Brooklyn Museum believes in community. As we blog to keep you up-to-date, we’d love to hear from you too. Tell us about your visit by commenting on our posts.” The Community section identifies ways in which visitors can contribute to a conversation with BM, eg. photographs, videos, blogs. This Museum’s social (as opposed to scientific) approach to finding out how visitors interpret their space is so refreshing. Other museums, let’s say Tate online  and the Powerhouse Museum, have community building initiatives, ie. use of social software, they may even be developing their presence on flickr and myspace.com. Their sites do not have a clearly marked community section for visitor contributions and clear directions to their content out on the network,  is it time for them to do so?

Social networking as ‘artproject’

January 10, 2007 § 2 Comments

In the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday He knows where you live  a short peice about a Canberra student using myspace profiles, in particular user pics, to create artwork.  On Reuben Ingall’s website at http://www.idiotslikemehaveyourpicture.tk he has three pages of back to back user profile pics and in this context they take on a whole new life. He also raises some interesting questions about perceptions of privacy in virtual spaces. We are taking more risks sharing information with strangers online than we would with strangers in the real world.

Time – prioritising UGC

January 2, 2007 § 3 Comments

…..and now it’s 2007. The new year always sends me into a low level panic about time and how the older I get the quicker it goes by and the less I have. My latest stress is how to keep up with all of the blogs I want to read let alone add content to my own. I know there are many time saving tricks, rss subscription etc, but they don’t really address the fact that at the moment I just can’t physically spend that much time at a desk in front of a computer, and any mobile device I have is now the property of my 2 year old . Of course it’s a matter of prioritising and these days if I have spare couple of hours to myself I’d like rush off to see an exhibition, see a friend or read a book but usually end up cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming the house etc etc and thinking of things I’d like to blog and then eventually sitting down to quickly type them out whilst the kid is watching Bob the Builder.  I suppose the crux of the matter is how to prioritise personal blogging in a busy schedule, for me paid work has to be done first then the toilet training and then the house work. How is user generated content valued? How should I value my blog in my day to day doings – I don’t really know the answer yet. How indeed should I value the content I create? I know that a blog’s measure is in the number of connections it makes with others, but it’s personal value is different for every blogger and for every reader, after all one woman’s cruft may be another woman’s pearl of wisdom.      

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