Citizen Media Watch

februari 26th, 2007

Colleague wanted!

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Yep, we are hiring. If you’re passionate about citizen media and citizen journalism, this might be the job for you. If you’re a Swede, that is, because Swedish is our language of communication.
You’d be a part of a small team working with Aftonbladet.se‘s blogs and forums, Bloggportalen, photos and videos our visitors contribute with etc.
Most likely you’ll have a journalistic background.
Read the ad at Aftonbladet.se and apply before March 15.


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februari 26th, 2007

One more tv channel launches video clip site

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

KlippshowenEverybody just has to have them, it seems. Social media in the shape of video clips from our fun everyday moments are hot. The next big media site to take the step is Sweden’s Kanal 5 (channel 5), who now have announced that Klippshowen is live on their site, and that it will be coupled by a tv show starting March 5.
I’m not sure if there’s a problem with the site or if I lack some plugin, but I’m not getting the videos to load.
From the titles and the presentation though, I can see that the focus is on ”crazy clips”. This seems to be the trend on most of the Swedish short clip sites. While it’s understandable, I wish we could see more diversity. I for one would love to see more art videos, short interviews, local coverage and people trying out the program format for creating their own home video shows, to name but a few areas for social video media.

(via Beta Alfa)


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februari 23rd, 2007

Investigative journalism from a Swedish blogger

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Swedish blogger Pawal at Datasvammel made the headlines of several of the major news media in Sweden Wednesday, when he revealed that Swedish State television uses a UK service to filter their incoming email. There’s a current debate about data surveillance in Sweden, since the government wants to increase the possibilities for Försvarets radioanstalt, FRA (the radio surveillance dept. of the Swedish military defence), to ”listen in” on email and phone conversations to and from other countries.
The proposition has received a lot of critisism. The government says the objective is to fight terrorism, but critics claim that the proposition is a threat to our personal integrity. Some call it a ”1984 proposition”.

With this as background, Pawal writes that SVT sending its email traffic through the UK becomes extra worrying since the focus of the surveillance will be on traffic outside Sweden’s borders.
Also other countries can spy on email traffic if its sent outside of Sweden.
Pawal continues (my translation):

When you explicitly send unencrypted emails via a foreign country you cannot have given personal integrity a thought. It’s easy to draw the conclusion that they ought to encrypt all emails that are the least bit sensitive. We’ve known this for a long time, but so far the there’s been a limited risk of being surveilled within Sweden.

The other day I got interviewed about investigative journalism in blogs, and could come up with few examples of this in Sweden. I’m glad to be given one so soon.
Following Pawal’s post, the Swedish Journalists’ union has urged the parliament to turn down the proposition, blogger Calle Lidström has revealed that a number of Swedish newspapers also send their emails abroad, and Pawal writes in a follow-up post that there’s a rumour about SVT employees not even being allowed to encrypt their email.
There’s a law in Sweden that prohibits the investigation into a journalist’s sources. One wonders how to avoid scanning media emails if this proposition is taken. Especially if those emails are a part of an international data communication.


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februari 23rd, 2007

One in 2000

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

2kBloggers

I like visual aspects of surfing blogs, and I like to see faces. That’s why I introduced the ”blog spin” on Läsarbladet, a small flash banner displaying random faces from Aftonbladet’s blog community and linking to their blogs.

The “blog spin” at Läsarbladet

I also use MyBlogLog where I get to see the faces of visitors to my blogs, and show mine whenever I visit other MyBlogLog users’ sites.

In this spririt, Tino Buntic started the 2kBloggers project.

55 million blogs…
I’d like to showcase all of them, but I’ve settled on just 2000 bloggers.
Bloggers come from all walks of life! Some are SEO experts. Some are writers. Some are sports enthusiasts. Some are affiliate marketers. Some are business professionals. Some are political. ALL HAVE OPINIONS!!!

On the 2000 bloggers site, he’s displaying and linking to 2000 bloggers who have signed up to be included. I’m in there with a link to this blog. Here’s the montage of all the bloggers’ photos.
I think it’s a nice way to get a bit more personal.

There’s also a Buddymapping map for the 2kBloggers. Oddly enough we’re only tree people on it.


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februari 23rd, 2007

Aftonbladet Plus subscribers invited to upload videos to "Mitt klipp"

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Mitt klippAftonbladet‘s new video clip site ”Mitt klipp” (”My clip”) is up and running. Now members of the paid subscription service ”Plus” can upload videos. Anyone can visit the site and look at the clips.

I see this as the next step from the successful video clip toplists such as ”Klipptoppen”, ”Bebistoppen” and ”Resatoppen”.


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februari 21st, 2007

Bubblare.se bought by Eniro

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Swedish youtube clone Bubblare.se was bought by Eniro (well, 48.1% percent of the shares in Netclips AB which in turn owns the video community, and the option to acquire the remaining 51.9% of the shares) yesterday. The price: 1 million euro.
Eniro is one of the leading search companies in Sweden, with 4800 employees and branches in Norway, Finland, Denmark and Poland.
The big companies are now well aware of the value in social media sites. Here’s a statement from Cecilia Geijer, Vice President of Eniro and soon to be Chairman of the Board of Directors of Netclips:

We see exciting opportunities in video communities, video searches and video advertising. With this acquisition, we can increase the dynamic content of our services, primarily on our portals, but also in search services, such as eniro.se. Bubblare.se is a popular site in Sweden and will generate additional traffic to Eniro´s other services.

(via Media Culpa)

Previous posts about Bubblare.se:
And the winner is… – Bubblare.se awards best video clip with a ”Guldbubbla”
Bubblare.se announces award to best video clip
Bubblare.se’s top eight viral videos for 2006


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februari 16th, 2007

Off on a break

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

I’ll be spending the weekend offline, going to Storvik on a creative writing fieldtrip. I guess it could be called some IRL/offline collaborative citizen media creation. ; )
Expect new updates in this blog on Monday or Tuesday. Have a great weekend!



februari 13th, 2007

Baiduer launches English language version of blog

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Baiduer, a blog focused on immensely popular Chinese search engine Baidu, is now available in English. Since December, Baidu also has a blog search engine, so Baiduer could potentially become a good source for news about the Chinese blogosphere.


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februari 13th, 2007

The Twingly effect

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Beta Alfa writes about the increase in the number of links to Svenska Dagbladet articles after the launch of the Twingly link boxes. Bloggers have noticed they get increased traffic if they link to articles where they get pingback links, which is only natural. But the system can have a negative effect if blog posts link to articles just to get an inflow of readers, and without the post being much about the article at all.
Wille writes in the comments that this is a sign of a lacking objectivity in the blogosphere; bloggers write and refer to things that gain the blog and the blogger, but not the blog’s visitors.
Yep, bloggers are not journalists, and should not be forced to be. Though I do fear that backlash.


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februari 13th, 2007

Fiction writing in new ways

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

SvD writes, in an interesting article by Karolina Andersson, about new ways for writing fiction. A couple of examples: Jennie Dieleman inviting the general public to finish her novel. And the upcoming Swedish version of a British tv show where known authors start a short story, then invite people to submit endings, a jury selects three (why not let the visitors of svt.se vote?), and finally the original author chooses a winner among the top three. The short stories will be published in a paperback edition.
Contributing authors are Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Åsa Larsson, Johanna Hildebrand, Håkan Nesser and Sara Kadefors.


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