Citizen Media Watch

december 19th, 2006

Make your own "Digg" lists with Plexo

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Squidoo with PlexoPlexo is a cool tool by Squidoo – a site where you can make personal recommendations and share knowledge on different subjects – that lets you create your own Digg-style lists and lets your visitors give the different items points. Squidoo founder Seth Godin calls it ”the long tail of Reddit (and Digg…)”, and indeed, that’s what you could get at with these listings. When you’re the editor, you decide which part of the tail is to be in focus, and then take it from there.
Godin writes:

Watching the scuffles at the bottom of the Digg pyramid, it became clear that there just isn’t enough room on the front page of Digg for all the stuff worth seeing. So what if there were 100 or 1,000 or 100,000 front pages?

So how does it work? You use Plexo within what Squidoo calls lenses, i e the recommendations that the site is made up of. You have the option to let visitors add items to your list.
To vote, you have to be a logged in member of Squidoo.

Here’s Seth’s demo plexo.
I couldn’t get the plexo widget to work. Will have to read the FAQ a bit more thoroughly. Getting Javascript to work in a wordpress post is tricky to say the least. Here’s a screenshot instead.

Seth Godin's plexo on Books to Read About Spreading Ideas

(via Bloggvärldsbloggen)


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december 19th, 2006

BBC starts citizen journalism project in Brighton

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

In collaboration with the University of Brighton, Nokia and Ymogen, BBC Innovation is launching a month-long citizen journalism project in Brighton. It’s a multimedia project, meaning the participants will use video, still photography and text combined. Phones – Nokia Nseries multimedia computers – and a Garmin Etrex GPS device will be used by University of Brighton student reporters.
At Journalism, Ymogen’s CEO Mark Hardwick explains:

We’re trying to understand the different ways that you might combine a variety of media with location information in order to create engaging stories using mobile devices. This is an incredibly exciting project.

(via Beta Alfa)


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