Citizen Media Watch

december 29th, 2006

Coca-cola, Apple and Ema Telstar launch non-social media site for bands

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Takeoff at coke.comTakeoff is a joint initiative by Coca-cola, Apple and Ema Telstar. On the site, musicians can post their songs, which are then put through a selection process of a jury of sorts, as I get it.
The best bands from the site will get a chance to perform live, writes Swedish media site Dagens Media.
Dagens Media calls the new site a MySpace competitor, but it sounds like it’s not really a social media site. Not if it’s only open to the bands that the jury likes.

According to Dagens Media, the collaboration is international, yet when I check out the different sites it turns out that the European versions of the site are the only ones where you can register and upload songs. On the US version, where there’s no such thing, as far as I can see.

On the whole, the site seems very unstable. It crashed both my browsers on my pc. Oh, did I say pc? Yep… and when I checked it out on the mac it was slow, but it did work. So that’s where the Apple collaboration comes in?

From the UK site:

This is your stage. All we need now is the music. Upload your tracks and we’ll put them in front of the most influential ears in the industry. If they like it, you’re in – an exclusive monthly podcast on iTunes featuring their favourite tracks. They’ll also handpick artists to feature on the Adam & Joe podcast each month and to perform live at the gigs. The world is listening…

A competitor to MySpace? That’s in a very limited sense, in that case. It’s a very different site. You don’t become a social media site by having a company podcast.

december 29th, 2006

Shared revenues at

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Swedish Digg clone today introduces revenue sharing, by letting users show their own Google Adsense ads next to their posts.

I asked Martin Lindkvist of why they were doing this, and here’s his reply (my translation).

I think it’s a good way to reward the users for posting.
Before the site was ad-free, and now that we decided to put ads on it – in order to cover our costs – we felt it was wrong to get all the money ourselves, when our users are the ones creating the content.
Hopefully it will make the users more motivated to post, and also to drive traffic to their posts.

The site doesn’t seem to be that well known yet, so this could be a way of attracting a larger audience.

More info, in Swedish, on Sovrat’s blog.

(Post updated 11.24 with Martin Lindkvist’s reply and the link to their blog.)

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december 27th, 2006

Wishes for 2007

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

I got blog-tagged by Beta Alfa. The task at hand was to list five things that I hope or know will happen in 2007. Preferably both in the personal sphere and in a wider perspective, as I got it.

Here’s my list, though I’m sure if I had given it more thought I might have come up with five different things. I focused on my hopes for the year to come.

1. I’d like to get a chance to travel beyond Europe and Northern America. Though I’ve been to quite a few countries, most of them have been in the western world. I want to get a new perspective.
2. I hope for a breakthrough in the environmental struggle. That the world leaders start taking environmental issues seriously and that research leads to new and better environment-friendly products.
3. To keep being creative and to get new inspiration, whatever expression it wants to take. I want to keep on photographing a lot, expressing myself through creative writing, writing this blog, my blog on creative writing and my personal blog and keep enjoying it. Also to get creative challenges at work.
4. That traditional media and the blogosphere start talking less in terms of we and you and more in terms of us. I hope – and I believe this will happen, though perhaps only in small steps during 2007 – that journalists will step off their high horses and start interact much more with their readers, and invite them to contribute in a whole new way. And I also hope that the understanding and appreciation of the journalistic craft becomes greater in the blogosphere.
5. The last one’s private, though I felt I couldn’t exclude it, so I guess I’ll just have to be secretive about that one.

I pass the torch on to:
Annica Tiger, Gunnar R Johansson, Fredrik Wackå, Erik Stattin and Hans Kullin

december 27th, 2006's top eight viral videos for 2006

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

In a press release dated dec. 27, Oskar Kalmaru, CEO of Swedish video clip site, lists the most viral videos for 2006. His observations of the trends (my translation):

A common factor for the most viral videos is that they are quite silly and pointless. Sometimes in combination with the people featured in the clip make fools of themselves.

Here’s the toplist:

1. Being Peder Fogstrand, part 1, part 2, part 3. A total of 280.000 views.

2. The Stureplan elite – the in crowd at Stockholm’s Stureplan about the highlights of summer. 230.000 views.

3. Self-proclaimed glamor princess videoblogs here, here and here. A total of 160.000 views.

4. Lotto commercial ”Men snälla Åke” – a Swedish classic. 90.000 views.

5. Swedish lyrics to the Soviet national anthem. 88.000 views.

6. Pick up expedition in downtown Stockholm – trying out different pick-up lines. 60.000 views.

7. Moderaterna party campaign film Mahogny-Mats. 56.000 views.

8. Baby William laughing – this one was also a hit on YouTube. 37.000 views.

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december 27th, 2006

Social networking site for creative people

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

”It’s not just your space”, states social networking site Humble Voice, focusing on creative people within the fields of music, video, photography, art and words. It would have deserved a place among Mashable’s hot for 2007 Niche and Miscellaneous Social Networks, I think.

Humble Voice is a community of artists and those who appreciate them.

When you sign up you get to pick whether you’re a 1) Musician, 2) Videographer, 3)Photographer, 4) Artist, 5) Writer or 6) Relatively normal person with possibly no artistic talent.

I created an account to try it out. The site has a nice look and feel to it. A sense of smallness which is appealing. In the long run, I believe more in interest-focused networking sites like this one than the general ones.

(via Ichigo noterat)

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december 27th, 2006

New book on social media – and you can help

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Shel Israel is writing a new book on social media and how it’s moving power from institutions to people: ”Global Neighbourhoods”. And he wants your help making it good, publishing excerpts excerpts and chapters as he edits them and asking for input. Currently he’s working on the third version of the overview.

My thanks for your input on the previous version. You have in fact forced me to see this book more clearly than I previously did, and perhaps more clearly than Scoble and I did when we began the journey that became Naked Conversations.

Please do it again. This will be my final posting of this overview as I move on to the Table of Contents (TOC). Your changes will appear i it when I post the final TOC. Please coent on the tagline which has also been changed. So please give me your best shot.

(via Scobleizer)

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december 27th, 2006

Top social networks of 2006

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Mashable has listed the top 12 – or 26 if you include the people’s choice which of course you should – social networks of 2006 and some that are ”hot for 2007”. Lots of useful/interesting links in this post.

My personal favourites among all those mentioned are (in no particular order): Flickr,,, YouTube, Twitter, LibraryThing and MyBlogLog. Or, those are the ones I use and enjoy – there might be more qualified entries that I simply don’t know enough about.

These are all the winners and hot-to-be:s.

Mainstream and Large Scale Networks
Mashable’s Choice: MySpace
People’s Choice: Multiply
Hot for 2007: Bebo, Vox, Facebook, Facebox

Widgets and Add-Ons
Mashable’s Choice:
People’s Choice: Zwinky
Hot for 2007: RockYou, Stickam, Snocap, Zingfu, MyBlogLog

Social News and Social Bookmarking
Mashable’s Choice: Digg
People’s Choice: Trailfire
Hot for 2007:, StumbleUpon, Blinklist

Sports and Fitness
Mashable’s Choice: FanNation
People’s Choice: Takkle
Hot for 2007: SportsVite, Ultrafan

Photo Sharing
Mashable’s Choice: Flickr
People’s Choice: Twango
Hot for 2007: Zooomr, Webshots, ImageShack, Tabblo, Pickle, BubbleShare

Video Sharing
Mashable’s Choice: YouTube
People’s Choice: Gotuit
Hot for 2007: Metacafe, Motionbox, Revver, vSocial, StupidVideos,, iFilm, Eyespot

Mashable’s Choice: Netvibes
People’s Choice: Pageflakes
Hot for 2007: YourMinis, Protopage, Webwag

Places and Events
Mashable’s Choice: Yelp
People’s Choice: CollegeTonight
Hot for 2007: MingleNow, HeyLetsGo, Planypus, ILCU (and others)

Mashable’s Choice:
People’s Choice: ReverbNation, MOG
Hot for 2007: Pandora, YourSpins, Rapspace, ProjectOpus, iLike, Splice, MusicHawk and More

Social Shopping

Mashable’s Choice: Etsy
People’s Choice: ThisNext
Hot for 2007: Crowdstorm, Kaboodle, ShopWiki, StyleFeeder

Mashable’s Choice: Twitter
People’s Choice: Wadja
Hot for 2007: Friendstribe, JuiceCaster, Zingku, Moblabber, Zemble, Veeker, Treemo

Niche and Miscellaneous Social Networks
Mashable’s Choice: Flixster
People’s Choice: Dogster, LibraryThing
Hot for 2007: SneakerPlay, MothersClick, Motortopia, Minti, ComicSpace, Curbly, MyChurch, Ziki, VeryLiberating, ITtoolbox, Fanpop, ShareYourLook, FamilyThrive, Blubrry, innerTee, Listal, ConnectingMoms, FirstGiving, RealityAllStarz, CafeMom, BeGreen, AdFemme, Dianovo, eLifeList, CampusBug, SnehaH, HumanOpinion, MerchantCircle, Barrio305, GenevaOnline, MDJunction

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december 24th, 2006

NewsTrust lets you rate news stories on their trustworthiness

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Speaking of trust, NewsTrust sounds like an interesting initiative. I found the link at ifocos, where Andrew Nachison writes:

NewsTrust is tying to develop a more reliable means of finding the most trustworthy news and information for specific stories – not simply by relying on your hunches and experience with your media, but by relying on the hunches, experience and detailed reviews of a community of news junkies who contribute to the service’s ratings.

Nachison says the site needs more users to become reliable, though.


december 24th, 2006

Mashups as a journalistic – and political – tool: Tunisia example

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

The Tunisian Prison map is a great example of how you can use mashups as a base for journalism or political lobbying.
Based on a google map, Sami Ben Gharbia has pinpointed Tunisian prisons and shows information about prisoners and what crimes they are convicted of. If you click on one of the pointers, you get an information overview, links to more info, and often a YouTube video clip about it.
One example – information about the prison of Kef:

2- Thecase of the Youth of Kef condemned for downloading an mp3 (See the flash animation here) of a HipHop song criticizing the brutality of the Tunisian police service (more info here and here)- (an other flash animation about the song).

In his blog, Sami Ben Gharbia writes:

Worse than a taboo the Tunisian penitentiary system is a state affair, a question of national security. All those who dared approach the topic, reveal its secrets or point fingers to its dysfunctions dearly paid their imprudence.
While in other countries the freedom of information includes the public right to access information detained by the public authorities, in Tunisia we are confronted with security obsessed reflex and a pseudo requirement of national interest, thus depriving the citizens from their elementary right of being informed. That justifies the lead cover imposed by the local authorities who, under biased pretences do no longer feel any obligation to publish categories of essential information about the country and hence the censure about divulgation of any information on the criminality rate or the number of prisons and its population… as if these information belonged to private heritage of the governing authorities!

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december 22nd, 2006

Final round: TV7's weather presenter will be a viewer, elected by viewers

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Klipptoppen's weather presenter voting special

Today starts the voting for Aftonbladet TV7‘s weather presenter. Readers/viewers have been asked to send in video clips of themselves if they want to become the new face for the TV station’s weather forecasts.
Ten of them have been selected as finalists and have got the chance to try out presenting the weather forecast on Aftonbladet TV7. They’ve also been tested for weather knowledge… with a somewhat meager result. You can see the interviews and test films before voting.

The voting process takes the shape of popular video clip toplist Klipptoppen, where you view one clip at a time, then grade it. Klipptoppen is also made up of viewers’ video clips, and the toplist’s Christmas edition is in it’s final round right now.

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