Citizen Media Watch

december 8th, 2006

Hypa – a Swedish Digg clone

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

IDG Sweden has (according to Dagens Media) started a new site called Hypa, which is pretty much a Digg clone in Swedish (instead of Digging stories you Hype them), targeted at tech nerds. So far the top links are all to IDG stories, so I guess they’re using the site quite a lot themselves starting out.

Apart from some really bad graphics, the site has potential if IDG can generate traffic for it. I wonder if they’ll integrate any of the material in idg.se.
We’ll see if it gains a wider popularity than it’s predecessor as a Digg clone, Digga, which is more for a general audience.


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december 8th, 2006

Citizen media or citizen nonsense?

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Twitter screenshotI decided to try out Twitter, a bit inspired by Jonas who talked about how fun it was to get people’s updates on what they were doing as text messages to his phone several times a day. I can’t say that that made me super eager to try it out, but there I was, an invitation in my inbox, and why not?
Now I’m hooked and I still think it’s nonsense. I get notified when my friends have a cup of coffee, take a walk in the rain, do their laundry and whatnot. I send them completely uninteresting details about my life. And I can’t figure out why it’s all such a blast.

We are simple beings. We want to be noticed. I guess that’s it. And here’s yet another form for it. At SIME we were told that it’s not web 2.0 that’s here, it’s humanity 2.0.
I’m starting to think it’s Ego 2.0. Though mostly in a positive sense. Like never before, the net offers us ways to express and define ourselves. And also to connect and network – who we choose to be friends (or ”Friends” – they might not be friends IRL) with also defines us.
Much of what people are doing online isn’t serious. That’s what big media companies see, and that’s where they go wrong in their reactions, shunning away from it.
Fooling around, playing, communicating without being dead serious, those are all expressions of the creative mind. And that creativity is what makes up citizen media.
Today I’ve published a bunch of photos of Aftonbladet‘s readers’ gingerbread cookie houses and of other Christmas decorations (especially note Martin Ekequist’s gingerbread version of Discovery – wow!). We love to be creative and we love to share – and to get noticed when we do something well.

Twitter is interesting since it turns the cellphone into a mass medium on a grass root level. Though most of my Friends on Twitter also know eachother, so that we all get eachothers messages, we are not chatting, only reporting. It’s one way communication though we are all senders of it.
Like so many services, Twitter also has a little widget you can put on your blog, showing others your latest whereabouts.


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december 8th, 2006

Success for Swedish video clip site

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Swedish video clip site Fejmtv, launched by TV 4 two weeks ago, already has 750 000 clip views. Although modest numbers in an international perspective, it’s quite a lot in a country of 9 million people this early on.
Fejmtv also is a community, and TV 4’s New Media CEO Mattias Fyrenius thinks that is part of the success. He says to Dagens Media:

Already fixed stars are appearing on the site, and the film clips are discussed among members, which was exactly what we aimed for.

A large upcoming campaign will attract even more visitors, Fyrenius hopes.


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december 8th, 2006

20 million bloggers in China

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

The Chinese blogosphere is growing. A recent report states that there were 19.87 bloggers in China on Nov. 6, an increase by 24 percent in a year. Every blogger has 2,6 blogs on average, making the total 52,3 million blogs in China.
The report is only available in Chinese, but there’s a summary at the China Web2.0 Review.


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