Non-linear Navigation

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It’s going to be big.

(WORLD) YouTube Warp Speed illustrates how to navigate, search and view online digital content in a non-linear fashion.

Here are some other examples:

  • Digg labs: illustrating the ‘live’ nature of online information;
  • Stumblepon: dynamic and random within a set search criteria;
  • Badoo: multi-layered searching of profiles on this social network homepage;
  • Musicovery: interactive music browsing by genre and mood;
  • Flickr Related Tag Browse: allows you to search pics on Flickr by tags in a non-linear format.

The real fulcrum of all this is ‘meta-tagging’: attaching an identifiable and searchable word or words to any content (whether it be a website or element within a website, like a video or photograph, or even different profile pages on a social networking site).

In terms of how it relates to young people and their online habits in the next few years:

A hoary old fish, hooks and leaders trailing like battle ribbons from his jaw, approaches a collection of loitering youngsters taking their ease by a coral reef. “Hey,” says the grandpa, “how’s the water?”. The young fish smile, bob and sway their fins deferentially. “Fine, fine, fine,” they all say. When the relic has swum off and away, they turn to each other and, almost simultaneously, say, “What’s that all about? What’s water”

Quote source: David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest.

Related post: Digital Breadcrumbs

MS Podcast#102

The 102nd MediaSnackers podcast features Animoto cofounder, Brad Jefferson.

(WORLD) The MediaSnackers podcast focusses on individuals, organisations or companies who are simply impressing us and which are crying out for more discussion.

Brad Jefferson is one of the cofounders of Animoto, a deliciously intuitive slideshow creator for your photos which we love here at MediaSnackers (plus, have been using in our training gigs with adults and young people).

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0.00—0.24 intros
0.25—2.00 how/why was Animoto born
1.01—3.17 logisitics
3.18—3.48 price caveat
3.49—7.49 stories of use (like this one)
7.50—9.34 democratising media practises
9.35—11.36 the future
11.37—11.46 outro

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Facebook Disabled Me

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I've become an online outcast.

(WORLD) Facebook disabled my account claiming I was using a fake name.

Facebook doesn't allow one letter names so I had "DK Ismyname".

In correspondence with them I explained my name, provided online proof of who I am plus offered to give them 'references' from several trusted sources. Their response:

…please provide a scanned image or a digital photo of a government issued I.D. (e.g. driver’s license, passport) to confirm the accuracy of your name.

Would you give them this?

I posed the question to my twitter network if they would provide the information were they to be in the same situation. You can read their responses here, here, here and here (thanks guys).

On the one hand it's great to see Facebook ensuring the validity of their users. For me, a user with over 300 friends plus an obvious online prescence across many websites and web platforms, testimonies and quotes all citing my name, it seems an obvious mistake by them but one which they are not rescinding upon.

I'm not alone in getting my account deleted by using an apparent fake name check out this. It brings up a larger issue of identity and online ownership (to be tackled another time).

Will keep you posted.

UPDATE 7.2.08: After many emails back and for I am very pleased to announce Facebook has agreed to change my listed name to DK. Thank you Facebook for listening and agreeing (now people can find me just by typing 'DK').

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MS Podcast#101

The 101th MediaSnackers podcast features LA Youth founder, Donna Myrow.

(WORLD) The MediaSnackers podcast focusses on individuals, organisations or companies who are simply impressing us and which are crying out for more discussion.

LA Youth is a twenty year old print newspaper by and about teens. Here, we talk with its founder and CEO Donna Myrow about this great youth project, how it happens and its forthcoming 20 year anniversary event.

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0.00—1.08 intros
1.09—3.14 LA Youth logisitics
3.14—6.48 20th anniversary
6.49—8.34 impact of new technology and online platforms
9.35—10.21 success stories
10.22—10.33 outro

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MS Podcast#100

The 100th MediaSnackers podcast features our founder, DK.

(WORLD) The MediaSnackers podcast focusses on individuals, organisations or companies who are simply impressing us and which are crying out for more discussion.

To relaunch our podcast series the tables got turned and MediaSnackers founder DK got interviewed by our esteemed friend and colleague, Christian Long.

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0.00—0.35 intros
0.36—1.38 MediaSnackers conception
1.39—2.15 previous experience
2.16—5.17 core values and brand essence
5.18—8.41 real-life stories
8.42—10.43 the African experience and the button theory
10.44—13.52 deeper change through social media and technology
13.53—17.32 repeatable questions from conferences, events or clients
17.33—22.02 the future for MediaSnackers
22.03—23.25 outro

Many thanks to Christian Long for giving up his time and for framing such great and exploratory questions.

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MediaSnackers Button Theory

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One of our theories.

(WORLD) This is purely experiential and non-academic. We talk about it a lot with clients and in our talks plus it's one of the reasons 75% of our training is with adults and not young people.

Get ready to chew on this for a while:

A young person would push a button to see what it does—an adult would ask what the button does before they pushed it.

It's very subtle but vastly important in terms of social media and technology.

It's why young people don't read manuals and navigate the web much quicker than older folks (for them, there's always a back button…). Call it the arrogance of youth or that they haven't learned how to 'fail' yet—they at least don't have the same consideration to the consequences.

Some say that's dangerous. Others, (like us and in this context) think it's a quality to regain and a healthy part of the nuances of being young.

You can hear me talk about it a little more in the MediaSnackers 100th podcast.

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Rotherham Conference Keynote

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Up north.

(GBR) MediaSnackers is keynoting at the Rotherham Young People's Services annual staff conference (entitled, "Youth Work Matters") today.

Comments taken from the evaluation forms:

DK presented a thought provoking start to the day.
Brilliant.
Fabulous.
Uplifting.
Eye opener.
Fascinating.
Key Note brilliant.
DK fantastic.
DK Inspiring.
DK – what an inspiration.
Felt a bit of a dinosaur.
All very relevant.

Collated by Kerry Byrne, Rotherham Youth Service

MediaSnackers Speaking

The MediaSnackers Manifesto

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Lines in the sand.

(WORLD) A public declaration articulating our brand beliefs and values:

Everything we do must be kick assthe overarching MediaSnackers mantra.

Be fluid—(reflect the market and) bend, change, divert, redefine, fluxuate, react, stretch, evolve, reinvent, be dynamic and stay organic. It's a strength not to be rigid.

Leading is a choice—not a position.

Play constantly—with words, ideas, technology, platforms, structures and others. It's the best way to learn.

Real life has more bandwidth—faces are better than Facebook, getting out there, making people 3D and pressing palms still rules!

Believe in values—they are assets not to be sold. Meaning, we scrutinise every potential client and are selective who we work with (no tobacco companies or fast-food chains please).

Be nice…to people and the planet. We are currently developing plans to go carbon neutral and also prefer to build people up than to knock them down.

Don't be bullied—simply, ignore them. A secondary reaction to other stuff and it's not our issue(s) to own.

Everyone has something to teach—so, stop and listen (even to the bullies).

Follow the digital breadcrumbs—you never know where they will lead and to whom. Click, click, click away…

Think big, act small—it's been said before, imaginations have no limits, our capacity to deliver does though. Break it down, create layers and it becomes doable (with help usually).

Experience doesn't matter—not when you're trying new stuff. That's why it's called new. The success is nearly always in the attempt.

Make it personal—yes, MediaSnackers is a business but we're people first.

Collaborate—Albert Einstein said it best: "Nothing great was ever done alone." We like company.

Technology is a Trojan Horse—the real game is long-term 'voice projection' for young people. Giving adults just enough comfort with the tools to be able to innovate with their young charges is the key; likewise, giving kids the tools and mentors to begin to project their ideas/creativity on an unparalleled level is what we do (thank you Christian Long for flooring us with this).

Conversation over advertising—no direct mail-outs or fliers. We haven't the time or belief in interruption marketing. We ensure we kickass and promote this. More signal, less noise, or, simple stories, well told.

Look sideways to go forward—inspiration and ideas will come from other sectors, glance around constantly and see what's going on elsewhere, then adapt and adopt.

The MediaSnackers Manifesto will be permanently accessible here and is subject to change.

Inspired by An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

MS Vodcast Episode#013 | January 08

Another mouth-watering MediaSnackers Vodcast to devour.

The MediaSnackers monthly vodcast is a ten minute shot (more or less) of yummy-youth-media-goodness. Featuring content made, produced or focussed on young people and media from around the globe.

Featuring: Graffiti by Otto Markus : theoneminutesjr.org; MobileJamFest promo; Sense Mag interview; Save Me by Showing Off To Thieves.

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