Social Media Challenge #2 – Talking Back

Last week you built and annotated a blogroll to follow in your own blogging pursuits. The Read-Write Web isn’t simply about taking what you need, however – you also have to become part of the conversation. This week you’re going to make your voice heard.

Part 1: Start talking! – DUE: All comments made by Noon, Monday, January 31

You must post at least 10 substantive comments to the blogs you read (I will only count one comment to an individual blog). The majority of these should be to blogs in your blogroll, but some outsiders are acceptable. Be sure to include your email and blog address when you post, or it won’t count!

To verify your work, you will provide a printout (yes, a printout) of each comment (one page each is fine, so 10 pages total) and turn it in at next Tuesday’s class.

Note: A substantive comment goes beyond saying “Great ideas” or other spammer-speak to build on and extend the conversation. Run with their ideas! This brings us to part 2 …

Part 2: Keep the conversation going – DUE: Noon, Monday, January 31

Since the blogs in your blogroll are all aimed at your focus, you should be able to synthesize several of the ideas they present into something new that takes their ideas further. For this assignment, you will construct a blog post that brings together posts from at least three members of your blogroll and says something new about all of them.

Mail me a link to your post (not your main blog page) and a one-sentence description to the contents of this post by the due date.

Note: Although some summarization will be necessary, that’s NOT the point of this assignment. Instead, you must build an original discussion or argument upon these others’ ideas. Be sure to link as needed in order to give credit where it is due.

And in the meantime …

You’ve already been updating twice a week, so now it’s time to start optimizing those posts. It’s easier to post on weekends because you’ve got more free time, but it’s also easier for no one to read those posts because they’re enjoying their own free time. For the rest of the semester, then, each week (including this one) your required two weekly posts must fall on two separate weekdays (Monday – Friday). The majority of these posts should be in line with your focus – some deviation is natural as your ideas develop – and your posts must fall at least 24 hours apart (no posting all at once to get it out of the way).

4 Responses to Social Media Challenge #2 – Talking Back

  1. K.Wish. says:

    “The Contemporary Art of Stealing Art” summarizes a few recent instances of stolen art while including a new outlook by looking at an artist who used stolen goods to make art.

  2. Jazz says:

    This commenting assignment is intensely time-consuming, and I’m wondering if other people have the same issues.

    Many of the sites on my blogroll are techblogs, and they feel the duty to make commenting difficult as possible. For instance, on Lifehacker you must go through an arduous audition process with your Lifehacker registered profile to be allowed to be reviewed for posting comments. Elsewhere, I am facing manual reviews that can take more than 3 days.

    Just felt like mentioning some blog sites have ridiculous protocols. My frustration is with the internet, not the assignment.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      It’s a good observation, Jazz. The Lifehacker process is actually part of the overall Gawker policy (included here for the curious), so it also applies on sites like Deadspin, Kotaku, and so on. My grad student Rachel Davis is grappling with similar difficulties with sites that use Disqus for commenter verification. Beyond blocking spammers and bots, any thoughts on why a site might have users jump through such hoops?

  3. deepafadnis says:

    It talks about the week that was. Sums up the important events of this week in three short paragraphs, which briefly talk about the Davos 2011 World Economic Forum, the US Q4 GDP number and burgernomics (read more to find out)

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