Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Integrating social media platforms into breaking news coverage

The Boulder floods. Wow. 

Just wow. 

This has been our first opportunity to really integrate the social media platforms of Storify and Scribblelive into our breaking coverage of a disaster, and there have been some big lessons. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Only in Boulder: Boulder has a unique way of dealing with the flood

Welcome to the Bubble.

Interactive map of photos throughout Boulder County of Boulder flood 2013

Still working on it and updating it, but here's what we have so far. Please send us photos and addresses to add.

Top social media videos of the Boulder Flood

It's impossible to keep on top of all of them, but here are a few of the best Twitter, YouTube and Instagram videos of the Boulder flood. I'll keep updating it throughout the day. If I missed a good one, send it to me at heckela@dailycamera.com or on Twitter @Aimeemay.
Click below to see the stream.

Top Twitter photos from Boulder Flood

I will try to update this every hour or so. There are so many coming in!
See a great photo that is not on this list? Send it to me at heckela@dailycamera.com or on Twitter @Aimeemay.

Click below to see the stream.

Follow the Boulder flood live here

View on the Daily Camera's website here.

Click below to see the full live stream.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Boulder flood coverage for 9/11/13

The best Tweets, pics and vids from the first day of the Boulder flood.

Click below to see the collection.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Do you know how to use Twitter's advanced search option?

Before you reflexively answer yes, do you -- really?

I thought I did.

I learned a few tricks and tips at Steve Buttry's social media workshop in our newsroom this morning that will help me use Twitter to its max potential. Give them a try, too.

Here are four bullet points:
  • Bookmark this: https://twitter.com/search-advanced
  • For local crowd-sourcing, type in your city or region's name in the "places" box. The default radius is 15 miles. You can narrow this by typing in "within xx miles."
  • Make sure you enable your location in your Twitter settings. (The default is not enabled.) Also, urge other people to enable their location, because this "places" search only works with accounts that have location enabled.
  • Be creative with keywords you search, and think like a twitter-er. If you're looking for local tweets about a disaster, tragedy or surprising event, consider searching for keywords like "WTF," "OMG" and "holy ish." Except the real word. That I'm not typing here. Because I'm a good girl. Not like Miley, though. OMG. WTF. Holy ish.
Steve Buttry talking about social media, over Charlie's shoulder. As you can see,
Charlie's notes contain the words "WTF." Also, it appears he has a shoe growing
out of his nose, which is what happens when you let writers take photos. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

How to do a '50s-inspired wedding

Can an interactive image replace a scrolling blog entry? Or at least be a fun addition? That's what I tried here. Of course, you can always easily pull out these images and text into a traditional blog, too. But isn't it fun to do something funky every once in a while?

Click "start" and then click on the arrows to move the images forward. Or drive with your arrow buttons.

I recommend clicking the far right bottom box to make it full screen. Enjoy, lovies!


Friday, September 6, 2013

A flash vine: The most accurate way to report on a workout of the week

I'm calling this a flash vine. (Patent pending.)
Just a quick hit of milli-second clips of an event.
I took this flash vine of my TRX class for the workout of the week.
It is by far the most accurate way to report this kind of fitness story. It is exactly how I experienced the class, in a way that words fail.
Although I will still try to write words. After the exhausted muscles in my hands and forearms stop shaking.

When else would a flash vine be appropriate?