Suw Charman-Anderson is a social software consultant and writer who specialises in the use of blogs and wikis behind the firewall. With a background in journalism, publishing and web design, Suw is now one of the UK’s best known bloggers, frequently speaking at conferences and seminars.
Kevin Anderson is a freelance journalist and digital strategist with more than a decade of experience with the BBC and the Guardian. He has been a digital journalist since 1996 with experience in radio, television, print and the web. As a journalist, he uses blogs, social networks, Web 2.0 tools and mobile technology to break news, to engage with audiences and tell the story behind the headlines in multiple media and on multiple platforms.
From 2009-2010, he was the digital research editor at The Guardian where he focused on evaluating and adapting digital innovations to support The Guardian’s world-class journalism. He joined The Guardian in September 2006 as their first blogs editor after 8 years with the BBC working across the web, television and radio. He joined the BBC in 1998 to become their first online journalist outside of the UK, working as the Washington correspondent for BBCNews.com.
Suw: Nice to see David Weinberger be able to respond in full to Andrew Keen’s assertion that the web is dreadful. For my money, I think Keen’s nothing but a troll, but I fear there are too many technophobes who agree with him.
Kevin: Jemima Kiss talks some sense about social networks and brand silliness.”f you go to a networking event, you don’t mingle with brands or monolithic institutions - you deal with individuals and personalities.”
Kevin: Roo has a good roundup of reality check blog posts on Web 2.0 and the obsession with ’shiny’. It really is about what people do with the technology and not just the technology and features. Good quick roundup of posts.
Kevin: Thanks to Meg Pickard, my partner in community at the Graun, for this top link of top blogging tips. Good read for all bloggers and journalists wanting to make the leap from mass media to social media.
Kevin: An assessment of Assignment Zero. “nd one model that doesn’t work is attempting to use crowdsourcing simply as a cost-saving measure. Communities must be cultivated, respected and deftly managed if they are to come together to create economic val
Suw: Steph Booth’s talk about the multilingual web. We’ve discussed this no end, Steph and I, and this talk is an excellent overview of the problems of trying to provide multilingual services on a mainly monolingual web.
Whilst we were in San Francisco, Steph Booth and I recorded this episode of our occasional podcast/videoblog, Fresh Lime Soda. We talk about defining and describing what we do, and how that overlaps with what we care about.
I’m at Dave Gurteen’s conference today, talking about social software and Web 2.0. It has, as Dave’s last social tools conference was, been attended by some really interesting people. I’ve had some great conversations during the breaks which is always fun.
Kevin: Peter Krasilovsky takes a look at the collapse of Backfence. Should newspapers focus on hyperlocal strategies that “are not centered around local news (which it turns out, is not always very compelling)?”
Kevin: Mike blogged this in June, but I love this quote from Kate Adie: Journalists shouldn’t have any time to blog - there are too many stories waiting to be told! No, Kate there are too many stories to tell, which is why I blog.
Kevin: Steve at the Bivings Report notes how the Sacramento Bee is requiring commenters to use their real names. I think that allowing people to develop an identity and a sense of ownership in that identity might be as effective.