Tag Archives: Twitter

Brickflow: Playing Tetris with tweets!

I was getting kind of bored with Storify.

So, on Friday, I experimented with Brickflow.

This is what my "story" looked like when it was finished.

This is what my “story” looked like when it was finished. Click here to watch the finished slideshow.

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Flashback Friday: Reporter Sean Adkins, 38, explains social media of the 1990s

Business Reporter Sean Adkins ponders how the world has changed.

Business Reporter Sean Adkins ponders how the world has changed.

Today, someone was making a video for our Teen Takeover staff. Folks around here were asked to share their tips for teen journos.

I was asked to explain what social media was like when I was a kid. Basically it barely existed, I said. (Aside from this gem.)

I shared the question with fellow business reporter Sean Adkins. He’s 38.

Crap was really in the stone age back then. Continue reading

My first social media club meeting was so much fun, you guys! #hbgsmc

Both eating and tweeting are happening here. Also, I got WAY too enthusiastic when I learned that the gent in the orange shirt was the 5-year-old kid on the family-owned dealership's "Just call me, Ryan!" commercials of the 90s. If you lived in Central PA then, you should know what I'm talking about.

Both eating and tweeting are happening here. Also, I got WAY too enthusiastic when I learned that the guy in the orange shirt was the 5-year-old kid on the family-owned dealership’s “Just call me, Ryan!” If you lived in Central PA in the 90s, you understand.

Last night, I went to my first Harrisburg Social Media Club meeting with my fantabulous friend Melissa.

Check out the tweets here.

The group meets monthly at local businesses to network, ask questions and share social media initiatives.

The meeting last night was at Hoffman Ford in Harrisburg.

Mary Pratt, internet sales director, talked about ways the family-owned dealership has used technology to enhance the customer experience – from Facebook games to YouTube videos that show Ford owners how to sync their phone with the car. Continue reading

Teaching digital journalism: I pose as Mayor Boyer of Shiloh for a lesson in live tweeting press conferences

Co-journalist-in-crime Brittany Wilson and I pose for a picture in front of a ScribbleLive of @TheNewsVroom tweets we used to illustrate live blogging during the fake presser.

Co-journalist-in-crime Brittany Wilson and I pose for a picture with the class in front of a ScribbleLive of @TheNewsVroom tweets we used to illustrate live blogging during the fake presser.

Things got a little wild Thursday (as they often do when the York Daily Record allows me to be involved in anything).

The plan: Drive the NewsVroom to Central York High School and teach two journalism classes about the joys of journalizing and using social media.

This included a fake press conference with a fake press release featuring yours truly, the ‘Mayor of Shiloh,’ denying allegations that she embezzled city funds to build a half-size replica of Hershey Park in her backyard.

You can read that jawn here. Continue reading

Something I learned: How to make sure your tweets show up on location-based maps like Gathering Point

So, I was starting to get mega POed, because my tweets weren’t showing up on these  Gathering Point maps folks are starting to make at the office.

I felt left out.

I went to the Location Services tab in the Settings app on my iPhone and thought I activated the Twitter switch:

 

Alas, my tweets were still lost in an abyss. Continue reading

Mapping social reactions to the York Galleria mall cockroach infestation: I’m multi-platform, yo.

This is the closed food court, caution tape and all. My editor, Cathy Hirko, noticed I’m getting a little artsy fartsy with my iPhone photos.

The other day, I posted about Gathering Point, this neat tool you can use to make social maps that update in realtime to complement stories.

On Tuesday, I had the perfect opportunity to see it in action: A cockroach infestation that closed the food court at the York Galleria mall.

On a side note, that day, I pretty much almost crashed my car on Rt. 30.

En route to the mall, I had my notepad pinned against the steering wheel while I took notes from Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Samantha Krepps. Continue reading

Distraction du jour: Creepin’ on my neighborhood using social mapping tool GatheringPoint

What’s going on in Boyer’s neighborhood? Click the map.

So, because WordPress is dumb, and I can’t figure out how to embed an iFrame into the non-customized blog that I barely pay anything annually for, here’s the deal:

Today, my editor Cathy Hirko gave me a distraction that, if executed properly, should keep me sufficiently amused all weekend.  Continue reading

Guerrilla marketing win! Social media pushes our project back into ydr.com Top 10.

So, I had my doubts about guerrilla marketing stories.

To me, it just seems like a hassle — not to mention irritating — to be posting EVERY story I write on random Facebook walls, forums, blogs and the like.

But yesterday proved me wrong.

Our “Risky Business” package had dropped off the radar of ydr.com’s Top 10.

Sean and I may have shed a tear.

Alas, we weren’t ready to throw in the towel. This project is the result of months worth of work. Continue reading

Monday Funday: A morning at Martin Library with YDR Books Editor Sarah Chain

NOTE TO SELF: Pick up books. We are, at the library, after all.

Last week, I planned to visit Martin Library in York with York Daily Record/Sunday News books editor Sarah Chain.

We decided to promote the visit as a meet-up/office hours/please-come-talk-to-us event in the Sunday News, ydr.com and social media channels.

Deb Sullivan, York County Libraries community relations director, even put our visit on the calendar.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., we parked our carcasses on the second floor of the downtown building.

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Awesome Twitter nametags

Went to a party last night.

It was a housewarming for @parva_x (aka Trisha) and a celebration of Follow Friday the Film being in town.

These were the nametags.

And they are so totally awesome.

That is all.

Happy Friday, everyone!