Cahootify: The New Must for Online Media Professionals

A social presence is a norm in our current society even if we don’t realise it, with 1550 million active facebook users and 316 active twitter users most people have a social presence and with linkedin having 97 million active users, it’s evident job prospects can be a motive for having a good, professional social profile. With social media growing each year, a useful skill is knowing how to use it well, especially if employers are wanting you to market them and you can initially prove how well you can do that with how you market yourself.

How to create a professional online profile?

  1. Make it clear who you are – your usernames and profile names and profile images across social medias should be consistent and display your name, rather than anything overly casual so that you’re easier to find and so that it’s clear your purpose is professional and not for personal use.
  2. Make your purpose and skills clear – employers and people who may want to collaborate can’t know what you’re capable of unless you share that on your profile. Cahootify has a feature where you can clearly display your skills, and LinkedIn is focused around this idea. With Twitter you can share media relevant to your profession and your own work whilst having your current profession and aspirations in your bio and on Facebook you can create a page on which you can upload your own media work to share with others.
  3. Get linked to current professionals – follow others linked to your topics of interest so that you can keep up to date with information and possibly communicate in order to gain attention from each other’s following and collaborate on future work, especially in the media field.
  4. Keep content professional and accessible – if you want to be seen as a professional then what you share ought to link to the subject (which you can find by sharing other professionals work or using sites such as Klout which give information that you’re likely to be interested in) and you shouldn’t have to worry about what people may see – if your profile is private then there’s no point trying to appear professional to potential employers or colleagues as they won’t be able to see it.

Good Twitter Example:

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Bad Twitter Example:

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And now, there’s a new network designed just for those wanting to market themselves in the media industry:

cahootify

Cahootify is a social media platform that those aspiring to involve themselves in the film industry can involve themselves in, in two ways: showcasing their existing work and searching for people to collaborate with for future projects. People looking for something to work on can simply select ‘projects with needs’ and then search for a project to work on and offer to partake. Once the project, whether it be a short film or audio file, has been completed, it will appear on the profile of those who were involved and their roles so that users can easily show what they have done and already completed projects can also be uploaded so that users can tag themselves in them with their role. This means people who have one skill but need others to complete what they can’t do can easily connect with them, by either searching for them or being found and create the desired finish product and have a collected place on the web to showcase these. A finished project with the users role involved also means that the skills they associate with themselves become confirmed so that not only do users have the freedom of folksonomy so that they can define themselves how they please, but other users who are interested in their involvement can see evidence of their skills, making the site more reliable and easier to show what you’re capable of. cahootify tags

As a site, Cahootify is a social network as it allows individuals from across the world with a variety of different interests, such as writing, acting or marketing, and those with a different level of experience in film to discover each other and make connections as they choose by being able to browse through profiles in the taxonimical order or amount of projects, assignments or recent profiles and you are then able to message them individually. This is what separates Cahootify from other film-enthusiast websites such as GoInToTheStory, IndieTalk and Filmmaker which are more based on sharing opinions on already existing films and sharing tips rather than creating together or looking for potential work, making them appear more as online communities than social networks.

However, once a group of people who have decided to come together to create a project begin to collaborate on Cahootify, it becomes an online community as there is a shared interest in something and that is to create and complete a media based project – although it could be said that the whole website is a community as everyone has the shared interest of wanting to create media. A feature the site could add to improve its functionality is adding a group chat feature that a member of a project was automatically added to once accepted in, with features particular to aiding the creative process, such as labels next to the name during the chat saying the role of each person and easily being able to embed image and video. Also the ability to upload media straight to the website as currently cahoot linksyou need to embed a link from soundcloud, youtube or vimeo so this may be useful for the site itself when people choose to share their work as it would get traffic to the website and it would be more useful for the users to keep all of their projects in one organised place rather than having some projects on soundcloud and some on youtube. However, Cahootify does offer widgets that allow you to post a link to the page you’re on, on the websites Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ so that viewers from that site can be taken to view your Cahootify profile and in future it may be useful for Cahootify to have a widget of its own so that it can be displayed on profiles on other social media which allowed widgets such as WordPress and Youtube.

Although Cahootify itself doesn’t have features such as group chat or a way to upload straight to their website, this means users will have to use media such as Skype or Facebook chat and this highlights that you ought to be active across all social networks in order to successfully promote not only yourself when looking for job prospects but the work you’ve created and will create; as networks like Cahootify may be the reason online communities and work is created, but the other social networks are the way this is shared and enjoyed as those who aren’t professionals may not have the time or motivation to research into media projects but may enjoy watching them once presented on their social media of choice. On Twitter this may be through the retweet feature or pinning a tweet showing your work such as a video to the top of your profile, on Facebook it may be sharing the video so that everyone on your friends list or on a group page has the option to view it and blogging sites such as WordPress allow users to embed media.

 

Best Pop Punk Christmas Songs

It’s the time of year when all of the classic Christmas lists featuring Mariah and Buble are blasting out everywhere you go, but thankfully there’s some angsty, alternative Christmas songs to balance things out and cater to those of you who crave something a bit different.

  • The Maine – Ho Ho Hopefully
  • All Time Low – Fool’s Holiday
  • Yellowcard – Christmas Lights
  • Blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home for Christmas
  • Real Friends – I Had a Heart
  • Jimmy Eat World – Last Christmas
  • Sparks the Rescue – Christmas Brings Me Down

To chocolate addicts,

Christmas is approaching so I thought I’d approach a subject/obstacle commonly associated with it… food – or more specifically, chocolate.

As a nation, we have a really big chocolate problem. It all sounds a bit silly, which sets the tone for this post, but we do. There is a whole isle in supermarkets dedicated to just one food, chocoholic is a term we use for fun and we all have a very secret addiction.

cadburysI’m only 5ft and maybe a bit too skinny with not much appetite, but you wouldn’t believe how much chocolate I would consume. I could (and probably still can) inhale a Cadbury’s twirl within 4 bites (2 for each twirl), with normal bars I’d have to put 2-3 square chunks in at a time to ‘get the most of the flavour’ and would consume at least one 150g bar per week. I knew this was bad, but I saw it as a temporary fix, and it was until it was gone again. Chocolate is one of those foods where even if you’ve had enough, you really cannot stop until it’s all gone.

So, at the end of August this year I suggested that my mum and I just try to survive September without it (just the solid stuff, hot chocolate and pain au chocolats were alright) just to see if we actually could. To see if I could actually go without something that had such a big place in my life.

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August 31st came, my last day of freedom, and of course I had chocolate because, obviously you have to have chocolate and it already didn’t seem the same. By the time the first week was over, I was pretty proud of myself – a whole week without chocolate, but I thought I’d still probably look forward to it come October. As the second week passed I realised that I wasn’t actually craving it at all and I hadn’t been for ages and that the rest of the month would be easy… and it was. I can still enjoy chocolate but I no longer crave it and I don’t have to eat the whole chocolate orange at once. As ridiculous as it sounds, I feel liberated and so does my mum. The once lovely taste and texture in my mouth just reminds me of dried fat, sorry.

 

advent calendar I’m not alone on the addiction – almost everybody who found out, told both me and my mum that ‘they could never do it’. I’d like to believe not everyone was addicted to the same scale but I know there are people and we all just laugh it off. It’s a ritual in our society to eat a lot of chocolate as an answer to everything, like advent calendars at this time of year. When I’d look at the sugar and fat per serving I just thought ‘whatever’, even though I would try and take notice of other foods sugar content. I’m not saying everyone should give up chocolate, but I’ve noticed how dependent everyone is on it to feel good.

Like I said, nobody has to give up chocolate, and we aren’t all obsessive addicts like someone, but this January just see if you can manage a week without having your routine chocolate bar!

 

MISSING! Jon Snow – Dead or Alive?

Mine and Bronagh’s collaboration post

Bronagh Hood

Game of Thrones season five displayed a number of nail biting cliff hangers and devastating deaths; the main one being the ‘fatal’ stabbing of Jon Snow. Despite watching the knife enter his body with our own eyes, fans of Jon Snow are refusing to believe that he is really dead – and here’s why they’re right to be in denial.

  1. Kit Harrington has been seen on the set – The Hollywood Reporter reported who renewed their contracts, Kit Harrington was amongst them.
  2. Melisandre has to be up to something – From the beginning, Melisandre believed that Stannis was the promised, rightful King, (whilst others believe that Daenerys is promised the throne) however now he’s out of the question and she’s unlikely to disappear after showing an interest in the Night’s Watch; especially after it’s believed Jon is related to Targaryen family.
  3. He may become a White Walker – a big theme…

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How To Choose What To Study At University

You’re suddenly 17, 18 or 19 years old and you’re told you have to choose what to study for 3 years and then work in for the rest of your life and if your sixth form or college was as unhelpful as mine (I’m not bitter) then maybe you need some help.

After changing my personal statement for UCAS overnight on the date of the deadline after changing my mind on what to study, and then spending a year at university studying a course and then applying to change to start from first year again, I either have a lot of experience on choosing what to spend your time studying at university, or none at all, so don’t take this too seriously.

  1. Make a compromise

You’re going to have to make a compromise between what you’re good at, what is realistic, and what you enjoy. If that’s all the same thin15016120160_cc235e38a0_ng, then great, but does anyone really find comfort and a hobby in studying Finance? I appreciate not everyone is as discouraged by having to do things that don’t interest them as me, but I don’t have time for you if you’re all about ‘what’s going to make me money whether I hate it or not’, all I know is if you don’t have a soul, that’s your business. Studying will be much more fun and easy when it’s something you have a genuine interest in (I know you said the same to yourself at A-Level and ended up hating it a little but it’s different this time), but you don’t want to end up the English student who has a crisis 3/4 through the year on your foggy future (not me). The solution I found was to choose something that I could apply the skills that come with studying English to, but mixed in a practical subject that I felt was actually being used in the real world in there too – media and marketing.

2. If in doubt, do what you enjoy

There my personal statement sat, ready to be sent to five potential universities… a phone call to mum later it was all gone. I have a lot to thank her for, but allowing me to change my mind and switch to English is one of the most important things. If you feel like you really ought to go to university as soon as leaving school, but have absolutely no idea what to do5092254079_bb8ce7b1b3_b, choose the subject that you enjoy the most. I loved studying English for a year and no matter what people will tell you, a degree in subjects like English, History and Psychology are worth something and it has helped me a lot this year. You might find out what you really want to do a little later on in the year, and there’s no shame in changing your mind and you’ll already know how the university works and have friends, as well as get to make new ones

3. Do your research

I’m putting this here just because it ought to be, I did my research and I still had no clue but if I could have gone back, I would have looked at the bigger picture and done my research differently. Going back to my last point, make a list of subjects that you enjoy, as basic as English, art or maths and google what jobs you can do with a degree in just that, if any appeal to you, see if you can do an undergraduate degree in that as well. Take seriously what the modules involve in the prospectus’ for the topic.

4. Take a year, or however much time, out

I’ll admit I know little about this or how it works, but I do know that one of them would have benefited me greatly. Whilst discovering I wanted to study media and marketing instead of English, I’m now in an extra year of debt. There is absolutely no shame in not being ready and standing up for yourself. Schools have a quota to fill – how many of their students can get straight into universities, but this is about you, not them and if you need some more time to figure out what you want to do then that’s that.

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Even if you’ve made it university and started the course, it’s not too late to study what is right for you. University is too expensive to waste time and effort on a degree you don’t feel passionately about and don’t think will get you where you want to be. Most universities will let you change courses within the same year so long as it’s within the first semester and I was allowed to change so long as I’d passed. You’ll get to where you need to be eventually!

Taxonomy and folksonomy on tumblr

Recently we studied taxonomies and folkonies of tumblr, the original blog post is here.

Tumblr.svgTaxonomy on Tumblr

Tumblr uses hashtags as a a way of organizing photos that the user posts, this can categorize the photo so that posts with the same hashtag can all be filtered into an online webpage. Tumblr also features an “recommended for you” button which is used to find brand new content judged on what you’re already following and what you most commonly post about. This organizes all of your interests into one page so you can easily find a post which interests you so you can either “reblog” it or “favorite” it. Whilst Tumblr doesn’t have any folders to store content in, you can archive your content to store them on your blog so that they are organized by the months they are posted. you could also argue that this feature also falls under Folksonomy too due to the organization of the posts.

Folksonomy on Tumblr

Certain blogs have a particular theme that they follow in order to organize what content they want to post. For example, a sports blog will mainly consist of photos and posts based around sports. The posts can all be found by the tags that the user links to them, the sports blog would use the sports name for example on their post. Tumblr also uses a small search cloud to point you in the right direction to a particular topic or theme that may interest you. These may be posted by an official page dedicated to the topic and will organize the content by the tag on the post.

Tumblr has a very unique method to providing content, the website is mainly dedica4027940828_b9382fd9a6ted to sharing other peoples content rather than posting your own. Whilst you can post your own content, the more popular webpages appear to “reblog” a lot of other relative content.  The more hashtags and tags you use in your photos, if they are all relative to eachother then you may appear as a “recommended blog” to other people. This will increase your amount of followers dramatically.

Good shareable online content for music

Shareable content #1 – Rocksound 

Rock_SoundWhy this is shareable and appeals to me: The magazine ‘Rocksound’ also provides us with a free website with up-to-date, brief news on the rock world, such as tours and album announcements. The short, relevant content means when sharing people will understand exactly what it is that you want to get across and are excited about. There are also widgets to share on social media such as twitter and facebook from the website; as well as having active pages on a variety social media.


Shareable content #2 – Youtube New Music

Why this is shareable and appeals to me: This is a quick and easy place to discover a range of new music and their videos. Youtube comes with a feature to ‘share’ so that you can easily eyoutube new musicmbed videos into things such as blog posts and easily send them to others. The site also gives you recommended videos to watch based on previous history.


Shareable content #3 – Last.fm

2000px-Lastfm.svgWhy this is shareable and appeals to me: This site holds good and useful content as it provides a free streaming service to discover new artists, much like Spotify (which it can connect to), it’s interactive as you can see what you and your friends are listening to and how much, and how similar you are to friends. It also keeps you up to date on latest shows near you.