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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

March 28, 2012

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» No difference between online and offline illegal activity

WHEN Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed at White Hart Lane 11 days ago the incident engendered an almost unanimous outpouring of compassion, not just among football fans, but the country, in fact much of the world seemed to share in … Continue reading

March 16, 2012

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» Ignore Your Digital Footprint At Your Peril

Reputation is everything. Most of us know that. We wouldn’t dream of behaving inappropriately in a professional environment. Neither would we knowingly allow others to see us at our worst.  Over the last few months I’ve tried to impress upon our final … Continue reading

June 1, 2011

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» How not to break a news story

Once upon a time – and not so long ago – if a story broke at (say) 10pm, it would be in the morning paper next day. When I worked as a sub-editor on the Western Mail in the early … Continue reading

March 18, 2011
» Indigenous Tweets

Not sure what it is based on, but Indigenous Tweets http://indigenoustweets.com/ (yes, I know I haven’t made it a live link – sorry not my fault) is interesting. I haven’t made a comparison with the figures for Welsh produced by cy.umap.eu yet – perhaps IT actually draws its data from cy.umap.eu? Anyone know?

March 9, 2011
» Twitter and cy.umap.eu

One of the problems faced by users and researchers of specific languages in web2.0 environments is the lack of an easy and reliable mechanism for finding content in that language. In many cases we are forced to use searches (but what terms to search for?) or following networks of some type (but the network relationships are rarely purely linguistic). This is where aggregators have a role to play, acting as linguistic portals to a particular web2.0 environment (though there are still issues in terms of their validity as a research tool).

http://umap.eu/ is providing such a portal for Twitter in Basque, Catalan and Welsh. For the researcher, the Welsh service http://cy.umap.eu/ gives a fascinating insight into what is hot (currently plaidcymru), how many Welsh Twitterers there are, who they are, how many of their Tweets are in Welsh and so on. Hopefully for the Welsh speaker it provides a handy way of finding people to follow and tapping in to interesting trends.

Sorry for the “dead” links, seems to be some issue with the blogging platform as this form of URL. Hopefully moving to new platform soon.

April 23, 2010

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» My Twitter on Security

Hey everyone, I have finally found a reason to have twitter. It aint the best medium but it is the fastest way to say something, which can be followed by an article on a blog etc. For now I will maintain my own twitter, so if you want to track anything I track or write (tweet) that is security related checkout: https://twitter.com/kxynos

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!