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MicroFilmMaker Interview: Edward Burns discusses Twitter and crowdsourcing. Sheri Candler Interview.

Sheri Candler interviews writer/director Edward Burns as he discusses the value of using Twitter to connect with his fans and collaborate with them on his pr...
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Disruptions: As User Interaction on Facebook Drops, Sharing Comes at a Cost

Disruptions: As User Interaction on Facebook Drops, Sharing Comes at a Cost | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
It seems as if Facebook is not only promoting paid links on news feeds, but also possibly suppressing the ones that aren’t paid for.
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Long Tail Infographic | Small Business SEO | Soshable | Social Media Blog

Long Tail Infographic | Small Business SEO | Soshable | Social Media Blog | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Want to see a great infographic on long tail SEO? Here's one from Wikimotive and Soshable!
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3WDOC - Digital Storytelling in the Cloud [site now in English!]

3WDOC - Digital Storytelling in the Cloud [site now in English!] | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
3WDOC Studio is a universal web authoring and publishing tool compatible with all delivery platform (Web / TV / Mobile) and for all types of multimedia creators on the web.
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I'm looking forward to playing with this!

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Ok Ok 2012 Social Media Stats = [but still] WOW! | Socialnomics [what are the latest? hunting]

Ok Ok 2012 Social Media Stats = [but still] WOW! | Socialnomics [what are the latest? hunting] | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Shocking social media statistics from Edison Research. 47% = Facebook has greatest impact on purchase behavior, Twitter users are 33% more likely Democrats
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Report Reveals How Consumers Use Mobile Phones Worldwide

Report Reveals How Consumers Use Mobile Phones Worldwide | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
In a new report, research company Nielsen reveals how consumers use mobile phones around the world. 

 

Nielsen concluded that "usage differs significantly by market and demographic groups.

 

For example, the majority of mobile consumers in developed markets — such as South Korea (67%), Australia (65%) and the UK (61%) — tend to prefer smartphones. Basic feature phones, on the other hand, are more commonly used in India (80%), Turkey (61%) and Russia (51%). Mid-range multimedia phones, which have more capabilities than feature phones but less than smartphones, are least popular among users, with less than 10% usage in most countries (at 21%, Brazil boasts the highest percentage of multimedia-phone users among those examined in Neilsen's report)...."

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I love Minecraft. Sixty million blocks comprise Minecraft 'City of Adamantis' (Wired UK)

I love Minecraft. Sixty million blocks comprise Minecraft 'City of Adamantis' (Wired UK) | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Minecraft builder jamdelaney1 has spent three months working on a huge, elaborate construction that he calls the City of Adamantis. 

 

The creator, who worked alone on the project, estimates that sixty million blocks went into the construction of its vast classical plazas, columns, domes, aqueducts and buttresses.

 

He describes the project on his Planet Minecraft page as "an enormous fantasy city built upon high cliffs from which natural springs and rivers flow, carried to the city by a network of aqueducts".

 
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Understanding Transmedia - How Story World's are Changing the Art of Communication

I recorded a keynote presentation I did on Transmedia. This piece gives a high level and fast paced overview of Transmedia and gives some advice on how to scale…
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The Most Innovative Social Media Companies 2013

The Most Innovative Social Media Companies 2013 | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
1_TencentFor building a suite of communications apps that 300 million Chinese are talking through.
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Online non-fiction hub Byliner Originals - wow! writers include Palahniuk, Junger, Atwood, Tan, Krakauer....

Online non-fiction hub Byliner Originals - wow! writers include Palahniuk, Junger, Atwood, Tan, Krakauer.... | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Byliner Originals
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love this - Plympton: serialized fiction for digital readers

love this - Plympton: serialized fiction for digital readers | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
A New Literary Studio | The Story Continues

 

Serialized novels used to be a vital part of the culture. With new technology we can revive the art that gave rise to the world’s best storytelling. 

 

Plympton is reviving serialized fiction for the digital age.  Through our literary studio, we nurture the creation of original serial content. And through our sister site DailyLit we are experimenting with the most convenient ways to deliver fiction to readers. 


In addition to our original content, DailyLit provides a rich library of classic texts in serial form and will soon provide a platform for other publishers to serialize their own content....

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Like.. Reinventing the Graphic Novel for the iPad - Daniel Burwen - SXSW 2012

Here is a video presentation based off the recorded audio of my 2012 SXSW solo panel. This talk looks at the way we value our media as it transitions from ta...
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The Silent History Brings Serialized Fiction Close to Home | Wired Magazine | Wired.com

The Silent History Brings Serialized Fiction Close to Home | Wired Magazine | Wired.com | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
With the iOS app The Silent History, readers are thrown into an alternate world where a generation of children grew up incapable of communicating with the outside world.

 

The silent epidemic began in the year 2011. Children around the world were born without the ability to learn language. They didn’t babble as babies. They didn’t speak as they grew older. They couldn’t understand what their parents were saying. They seemed to show no interest in using language at all. Parents became frustrated, trying every obscure teaching method and advertised miracle cure. Scientists were baffled. There was no virus, no environmental toxin they could pinpoint as the cause of the disorder. As years went by, hope for a cure dwindled, but it became obvious that there was something more to the silents, something everyone had failed to notice.

 

This is the premise of a new, serialized digital novel, The Silent History, by Kevin Moffett, Matthew Derby, Russell Quinn and Eli Horowitz. Fans of puzzle hunt books might recognize Horowitz as one of the authors of The Clock Without a Face, a children’s book filled with hidden clues that led to real-world buried treasures.

 

While The Silent History doesn’t have cryptic clues or buried jewels, it does encourage readers to explore the story in several new and exciting ways. The creators, who designed and released The Silent History as an iOS app, are calling it “a new kind of novel”. Initially, the app offers video and text that introduce the reader to the story world. There are then two different experiences a reader can choose to explore: the time-released Testimonials, or the location-based Field Reports...."

 
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The Mesh of Civilizations and International Email Flows: the patterning of inter-country communication ties. Cornell

"In The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington argued that the primary axis of global conflict was no longer ideological or economic but cultural and religious, and that this division would characterize the "battle lines of the future." In contrast to the "top down" approach in previous research focused on the relations among nation states, we focused on the flows of interpersonal communication as a bottom-up view of international alignments. To that end, we mapped the locations of the world's countries in global email networks to see if we could detect cultural fault lines. Using IP-geolocation on a worldwide anonymized dataset obtained from a large Internet company, we constructed a global email network. In computing email flows we employ a novel rescaling procedure to account for differences due to uneven adoption of a particular Internet service across the world. Our analysis shows that email flows are consistent with Huntington's thesis. In addition to location in Huntington's "civilizations," our results also attest to the importance of both cultural and economic factors in the patterning of inter-country communication ties...."

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Twitter gets a Yellow Pages index in Japan to help users find relevant accounts

Twitter gets a Yellow Pages index in Japan to help users find relevant accounts | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Mobile operators may still be figuring out exactly how to work with social networks, but Japan's DoCoMo is promoting the information value of Twitter after partnering with the service ...
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DeMOGraphics: Cat Map plots locations, names and colours of London felines (Wired UK)

DeMOGraphics: Cat Map plots locations, names and colours of London felines (Wired UK) | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has launched an initiative to collect data about the cats of London into a map. It's called, perhaps unsurprisingly, Cat Map
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Love. The 16-Year-Old Who Created A Cheap, Accurate Cancer Sensor Is Now Building A Tricorder With Other Genius Kids

Love. The 16-Year-Old Who Created A Cheap, Accurate Cancer Sensor Is Now Building A Tricorder With Other Genius Kids | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The $10 million Tricorder X Prize asks entrants to create a handheld mobile platform that can diagnose 15 diseases across 30 patients in just three days. A NASA Ames-based startup called Scanadu is working on a model that will cost under $150.
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Feature: Are eBook Apps, HTML5 or ePub3 the Future of Digital Publishing? | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Digital Publishing News

Feature: Are eBook Apps, HTML5 or ePub3 the Future of Digital Publishing? | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Digital Publishing News | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

"Digital Publishing is one of the fastest growing segments and most major publishers are now seeing 21% of their total revenues stem from it. Publishers cannot decide on what the future of publishing will entail. There are three main aspects that the vast majority of companies employing for their strategy. We are seeing strong growth with dedicated e-Reading apps, HTML5, and ePub3/ePub2 as the main factors for content delivery. In the next three weeks, we will be talking to some of the leading digital publishers that are currently living in this space. They will be talking  about the future and current state of digital publishing and how the industry will look in 2013-2014.


Dedicated e-Reading Apps


Android and iOS are two of the most dominant operating systems in the world. Apple, Amazon and Samsung currently the most popular brands in the tablet space . Together they reap the largest market share with  85% of all tablet users loyal to one of these devices.  Most digital publishers maintain their own reading apps on both of these platforms and also develop on other niche operating systems, such as Blackberry and Windows 8. Maintaining updates, paying development fees and issuing new features often have prohibitive costs for smaller publishers and eBook companies. It is often very hard to compete with the army of developers that Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble employs...."

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Benilda Pacheco Beretta's curator insight, February 26, 2013 8:08 AM

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Megan Miller's curator insight, April 16, 2013 8:32 PM

I don't see apps for individual books as being the future. Too many apps already. I'd like my ebook to be in my ebook library with my other ebooks. That way, I can futz with the metadata, proudly peruse my collection, sort and unsort. And read...

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!!!!!! 'Game of Thrones' Facebook Game Now Open to Fans

!!!!!! 'Game of Thrones' Facebook Game Now Open to Fans | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

"Are you a direwolf, lion or kraken? Fans of the Game of Thrones fantasy show and series of novels can now enter the kingdom of Westeros as a lady or lord through Facebook.

 

Game of Thrones Ascent, an officially licensed social game based on the HBO show and George R.R. Martin's novels, entered open beta late last week. It challenges players to create a character and enter the tangled web of power, strength and intrigue similar to the fictional world.

 

Players can pick their own character name and avatar, as well as create their own house banner. They'll then have to swear fealty to one of the bigger houses from the Game of Thrones universe — the loyal Starks, the cunning Lannisters or the banished Targeryens — that will give you different advantages in the game...."

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Well worth reading on the unacknowledged artistic efforts of visual effects co.: An Open Letter to Ang Lee

Dear Mr. Lee,

 

When asked about the bankruptcy of Rhythm + Hues, the visual effects house largely responsible for making your film “life of Pi” as incredible as it was, you said:

 

“I would like it to be cheaper and not a tough business [for VFX vendors]. It’s easy for me to say, but it’s very tough. It’s very hard for them to make money. The research and development is so expensive; that is a big burden for every house. They all have good times and hard times, and in the tough times, some may not [survive].”

 

I just want to point out that while, yes R&D can be expensive and yes it takes a lot of technology and computing power to create films like yours, it is not computer chips and hard drives that are costing you so very much money.  It is the artists that are helping you create your film.

 

So when you say  “I would like it to be cheaper,” as an artist I take that personally.   It took hundreds of hours from skilled artists and hard-working coordinators and producers to craft the environments and performances in life of Pi.  Not to mention the engineers that wrote all of that proprietary code and build the R+H pipeline.  That is where your money went.  I’d say, judging from the night you just had, you got one hell of a deal...."

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How an iPhone App Made An Oscar-Nominated Film Possible

How an iPhone App Made An Oscar-Nominated Film Possible | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Emily Price:  "The film Searching For Sugar Man is nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Academy Awards. But it might have not been completed if it wasn’t for an iPhone."


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Margaret Doyle's curator insight, February 25, 2013 4:12 PM

Love this story of a DIY approach to storytelling. And lo and behold it was heard and received by the Academy! Go indie media go!

Zan Chandler's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:05 PM

And it actually won the Oscar!

 

While the amount of footage the filmmaker needed to make with his iPhone was small in terms of the overall, I think this sends a number of signals. 1 -  consumer tech is getting closer and closer to industry standards and used in the right way can be effective; and 2 - this is another example of compelling content created with a DIY ethic.

 

I look forward to seeing more examples of where filmmaking can evolve.

Jan van Gils's curator insight, March 9, 2013 10:10 AM

A very nice film and made with a little effort. Thats fine to me.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Game Of Thrones Season 3: Trailer

Game of Thrones Season 3 is coming. The new season returns on March 31st at 9pm. For more on Game of Thrones, go to http://itsh.bo/HpR8b1. The song heard in ...
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Love this! Byliner: The Pandora of Nonfiction Reading [June 2011 -check out the authors in 2013!]

If you like long reads, you'll love this website...

 

Byliner works like a discovery engine for the best long form nonfiction writing. Fueled by the archives of publications like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Outside as well as an original content platform called Byliner Originals, the newly launched site indexes individual works and sorts them by author, by topic and by source. Users can follow their favorite authors, submit links to quality articles and share what they like with their social networks. Imagine an aggregator like Arts & Letters Daily meets Google News and has a beautifully designed baby. That's Byliner's basic idea, and media nerds are going nuts about it.

 

The Pandora of Narrative Nonfiction


At the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, Lois Beckett compares Byliner to Pandora, and the comparison is mostly pretty apt. "It has the 'follow me down the rabbit hole' appeal of Wikipedia (one page leads to another, and suddenly you've spent an hour on the site), paired with the ambience of a gentleman's club: elegant design, good service, a certain tone--like the rustle of electronic pages as Serious People Read," says Beckett, who points to the tablet-friendly Byliner Originals section of "the most striking thing" about the site. In the same way that Pandora directs listeners to buy albums of the artists they stream online, Byliner hosts a large body of original work that authors can sell to readers. Also like Pandora, every article on Byliner is packed with detailed metadata--from the topics covered to the author's home country--that drives personalized recommendations for what to read..."

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The New Serial Fiction. Closer Look At Amazon’s New Kindle Serials: Part Dickens, Part TV [Sept. 2012]

The New Serial Fiction. Closer Look At Amazon’s New Kindle Serials: Part Dickens, Part TV [Sept. 2012] | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

"When a slide showing eight book covers popped up in Jeff Bezos’s presentation on Thursday, Jennifer 8. Lee--who was following along on a live blog from New York City--gasped. The books are part of Amazon’s new Kindle Serials format, and she published three of them:Hacker Mom, The Many Lives of Lilith Lane, and Love Is Strong as Death.

 

Last year, Lee, a former New York Times writer and author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, cofounded a literary studio for digital serial novels called Plympton. The studio began commissioning books, but distribution proved an obstacle. With no book subscription model in major online bookstores, Plympton would have had to publish individual shorts sold separately (something that digital publishers such as Backlit and Byliner have done with serial novels as Quick Reads in Apple's iBookstore, as Nook Snaps at BarnesAndNoble.com, and as Short Reads at Kobo). Could readers be sure an author selling an episode of a book would publish its ending? How would the company make it clear that only one episode was being sold at a time? There was no structure in mainstream bookstores for selling this kind of fiction.

 

Kindle Serials provides a neat solution for Lee and other publishers who want to try their hand at serial fiction. Once readers subscribe to a Kindle Serials book, new episodes appear at the back as they are published. Customers pay a flat fee for each “season,” starting at $1.99. Lee knew she was part of the program's launch, but she didn’t know it was part of the same giant press event at which the company would announce the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Paperwhite...."

 

 

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Serial Thriller

Serial Thriller | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

From literature to appointment television, episodic storytelling is flourishing....

 

Take Plympton. The digital publishing house, which promises “serialized stories for the future of reading,” launched in 2012 with help from Amazon and from the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. Plympton promptly raised nearly double its Kickstarter funding target, and is now producing tablet-targeted works of fiction and selling them through Amazon. Amazon, meanwhile, is offering Plympton’s stories in conjunction with its own venture, Kindle Serials, which it describes as “stories published in episodes.” St. Martin’s Griffin has also been experimenting with serialized e‑books, promoting them as “a cross between a novel and a dramatic television series.” And the digital publisher Byliner recently announced Byliner Serials, signing Margaret Atwood as one of the series’ first authors.


We don’t know yet how these experiments will fare, critically or commercially: they are young upstarts. But they can look for guidance to television—the form that has, by technological fiat, pretty much perfected serial storytelling. The Mad Mens of the world are remarkable not just for their writing and their exacting production values, but also for having perfected the cliffhanger ending: that inconclusive conclusion that fully exploits the agony of time-bound suspense, leaving you thinking and wondering and waiting and wanting … until next week...."

 


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Another sign that generational ADHD does not exist! it's all about content! bring the good stuff & people will stay

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