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December 18, 2012

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» Welcome to the digital natives

Young people’s familiarity with social media became very clear to the journalism team at Glamorgan on the first interview day for would-be students starting in October 2013. Not only do they use social media as their main source of information, … Continue reading

May 21, 2012

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» Using social media to gather 50-year-old smallpox stories

A four-month long experiment in the use of social media to gather people’s memories about the 1962 smallpox outbreak in Wales comes to an end today. Tracking the events of 50 years ago – often day by day – the … Continue reading

January 6, 2012

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» Flagship Radio 4 programmes switch to Facebook

Listeners to the Today Programme or The World At One on Radio 4 may have noticed a significant change in the back-announcements from presenters since the turn of the year. Whereas we used to be told that we could – … Continue reading

March 23, 2009
» Glamlife Blog: Twitter and Facebook

Most students have probably heard of Facebook. Most students have probably got accounts. Twitter, on the other hand, may be new to you. It’s been around for a few years, and fans of Stephen Fry may have heard it mentioned a couple of times, but it’s only this year that it’s really taking off in the UK.

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So, what is Twitter? If you have a Facebook account, the easiest way to imagine it is as a “Facebook Status” without any of the rest of Facebook attached to it. If you aren’t on Facebook, it may sound even stranger to your ears. Twitter allows users to post a message, up to 144 characters, on the internet. It also allows them to follow the messages that other people post. Some people post messages every few minutes, about every detail of their lives. If, for example, you want to know what goes on in the mind of Neil Gaiman at airports, or which swearwords Stephen Fry uses when stuck in an elevator (warning, contains swearing), you can find out through Twitter by “following” their updates. Others use Twitter as a way to have debates, or organise events, or for completely different purposes.

Some people call it a micro-blogging service, because that’s one way to use it. More than blogs, though, Twitter is about conversations. You will often see someone post a message that begins with @some_username – which means it is a direct reply to a comment made by someone else. There is an entire Twitter syntax building up, not unlike the way txtspeak spread amongst SMS aficionados.

Quite often, these conversations do not take place through computers, but through mobile phones. You can set up Twitter so you can post your tweets as text message – and you can even set it up to receive messages when your friends tweet. (To tweet is the verb for the act of posting a message on your twitter feed.)

So, what does Twitter have to do with Glamlife? Glamlife has a Twitter account, which is set up to automatically post any “Announcements” you might see on the front page of Glamlife on Twitter. This includes announcements for all faculties, so if you subscribe to the Glamlife Twitter feed, you might hear about more lecture cancellations than just the ones in your faculty. On the other hand, you can use your Twitter account to send messages to your mobile phone, which may be a handy way to find out whether you need to travel into campus or not without having to be at a PC with a web connection. And if the University is closed because of bad weather, you’ll be the first to know…

On a similar note, Glamlife also has a Facebook Page. If you are on Facebook, you can use our page to leave feedback or discuss issues / ideas related to the site, if you prefer that method to emailing us(glamlife@glam.ac.uk), filling in feedback forms, or posting comments on the blog.

As always, let us know your views!

July 1, 2008
» Facebook Apps in Welsh

According to a post on allfacebook, Facebook applications will soon allow creators the option of tagging them by language.

I have seen several applications with a Welsh theme (e.g. ones to send Welsh things to your friends – leek anyone?), but none in the Welsh language. As I detest almost all Facebook applications, this is perhaps not surprising – are there any/many?

In other strange Facebook news, I just received my first Welsh-language friend request. What makes it strange is not that it is in Welsh, or that I have no idea who the person is (or that anyone would want to be my friend – thanks!) but that it is a request to a dummy account that I use only for research purposes. It contains no “personal” data at all, no picture, and an obviously silly name (a character from a Welsh childrens story). Are people really that desperate for friends – or did some cruel parent really name their child after that character?

Of course it is quite exciting to see the invitation in Welsh, strange or otherwise.

Thanks to Mike for the applications story.

June 9, 2008
» Facebook will be in Welsh

An article on icWales Facebook chooses to speak Welsh reports on progress towards a Welsh language interface for Facebook.

Another nice example of an open approach to software localisation which includes the ability for the community of translators to vote on difficult terms. It also includes a leaderboard of top translators which is quite fun.

For those people who like stats – 623 translators submitted 22,942 translations (either there were a lot of duplicates or there are a lot of words/phrases in Facebook!). For those people disappointed they might have missed out, there are still 857 untranslated phrases – I wonder if they are the really difficult ones?

By coincidence Courtenay and I are just in the middle of some very laborious research looking at Welsh language use on Facebook groups – too early to say if we have found anything interesting (let’s hope so!) as we have only just finished our data collection. Will say more once (if!) we think we have something interesting to say.

Thanks to Geneen for finding the icWales story.