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Weekly #9: Kenya’s Voices

Global Voices is a wonderful community of nearly 200 bloggers that work to translate and share social media commentary from around the world. Its mission is to “aggregate, curate and amplify the global conversation online – shining a light on places and people other media often ignore.” The community abides by a manifesto, which outlines its belief in free speech: the right to speak and the right to listen. The site provides online training, tutorials and open source tools for people around the world to use safely to express their views.

Site visitors can search for content by geographic location (country or region) as well as by topic area. I specifically studied the various blog postings related to Kenya. Two particular stories are featured on the top of the page that have completely different topics. The first discusses a massive flash flood, which hit the northern part of the country and destroyed tourist lodges and wildlife research camps. The second story focused on transparency in technology. Approximately three blog posts related to Kenya are added each month. The community is incredibly  active in commenting and expressing their viewpoints.

The site is a great way for people to stay updated on interesting news from around the globe. Users can sign up to receive weekly summaries of news articles via e-mail. Global Voices also manages a Twitter feed @globalvoices, a Facebook page and a YouTube channel to further engage the community.

According to Quantcast, the site has 58,800 unique monthly visitors. Twenty four percent of which are located within the United States. The site predominantly attracts a male audience that is highly educated and of Asian descent.

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Weekly #4: The Online Music Scene

If you read my last post, you are well aware that I am a big music fan. I am not fully engaged in the online music scene, but believe I would benefit from doing so. My online music time is mostly spent watching videos on YouTube, checking out new bands on MySpace and giving the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” to songs on my Pandora station.

I also follow my favorite artists religiously on Twitter. I find this to be a particularly useful tool to get a heads up on upcoming concerts and artist-related news. It is also a very fun way to see what your favorite band is up to in your town the day of the show. I also currently subscribe to VH1, MTV and Rolling Stone’s RSS feeds and monitor them regularly from my Google Reader.

We briefly discussed Last.fm in last week’s class. I had previously heard of the Web site, but never took the time to actually stop and check it out. I am so glad I did. Last.fm is a haven for music junkies. How to describe it? Think Pandora and YouTube meet MySpace. The site is absolutely amazing and offers endless possibilities. For instance, a search for Cat Stevens allows me to:

  • Listen to music
  • Watch videos
  • Obtain a list of top tracks and most popular albums
  • Get a list of tour stops
  • Rave about him in the “shoutbox” comment box
  • Order tracks and albums through Amazon
  • Join groups associated with him
  • See who is also listening to him at that moment
  • Sign up for an e-newsletter

I’ve always been a big fan of Alltop, which is essentially an online magazine rack. Users can click on a word or topic to determine the most popular blogs within that category. A click on “music” produces a list of top music blogs. I can view the five latest posts and link directly to the blog. As you can see, I have a lot to explore. I think I’m off to a good start!

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