NOTE: Our guest speaker on audio cannot attend until next week, so I’m moving the video classes to this week. We will cover audio in the following week when we can get an intro to the podcasting station.
This week’s readings are mostly viewings. In addition to Briggs’ chapter 8 on video, get to know a bit about Vine. You’ve already tinkered with the app in our Twitter Scavenger Hunt and Storify assignments, but you may not have given it a thought since then. In a nutshell, you can create a six-second clip of anything … just how useful can that be?
- It’s been used in journalism, to the delight of some and the annoyance of others.
- PBS’ MediaShift gives a great rundown of its strengths and weaknesses (as well as some Vining tools).
As with Twitter’s 140 characters, Vine’s time limits force you to be creative. Vine regularly poses challenges to its users, and the results are always interesting. Possibly my favorite idea is Six-Second Science Fair. Originated in a challenge by General Electric, the idea persists in various forms today. Is this sufficiently informative? Can you see potential here?
Getting away from Vine, let’s look at the short, exciting history of Meerkat. For a very brief moment, Meerkat, a livestreaming app, was the new hotness. But before you rush to download it, stop, because it’s pretty much failing, slain by Twitter’s Periscope app. This is our current social media world: Ideas are announced, get investors, are copied by bigger players, die, and are quietly buried in a matter of days.
Post your responses in a comment to this post by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, April 10.