- The main festival/conference site: http://futureeverything.org
- Details on all the conference speakers: http://futureeverything.org/speakers
- FutureEverything???s own review of day one: http://futureeverything.org/news/the-latest-from-futr-day-one
- See also the FutureEverybody report: here
- A write up from The Guardian is: here
This event is designed to discuss the opportunities and issues in academically researching social media, and to provide a platform for fostering new research partnerships. The event is aimed at industry practitioners and final year, masters, PhD students, and researchers who are interested in driving forward valuable social media research.
- Research based on social media is gaining credibility in the academic community.
- Bringing academic rigour together with industry data and expertise can foster this.
- There is currently a lack of academic literature which explores and develops these themes.
- Also, there are a range of terms with competing and overlapping meanings: social media, Web 2.0, social content and so on.
- There are opportunities and risks associated with borrowing theory from other fields, leaving ideas relatively untested for your purposes.
- ‘The industry’ is often keen to get involved in academic research, but will come with its own agenda(s) and can quickly lose interest.
- Establishing your perspective, for the purposes of your research: the user/consumer, or the corporate/organisation/industry side. What is it that each side is looking for? Do they really know what they’re doing?
- Conference topics are increasingly focusing on:
- trust – in the relationship between user and provider, between users and so on.
- motivation – of all parties to get involved, share ideas and content, etc.
- ethics – what sort of ethical considerations should we be having when researching social media content, using it in ways that weren’t intended by the creator?
A late night in the offing in SW19 tonight: Andy Murray slugging it out under the roof at Wimbledon as the rain falls elsewhere. It wasn’t like that last night as I strolled along the South Bank under a crimson sunset, glinting off the London Eye and the Palace of Westminster.
This quick list is little more than information masquerading as literature, for these are some of the things I did:
- British Museum: when I was very young I once asked my mum why there was so little of Britain in the British Museum – little has changed in two and a half decades. This was my first visit in a while though and I’m a fan of the central courtyard, which is a very large space indeed. The temporary exhibition on Australian art was good and took me back to some of the galleries I visited in Australia – I like a Sydney Nolan from time to time. The Parthenon Sculptures are still there, despite my measured analysis as an undergrad that they should head back to Greece. The rest passed in a blur, the continents and the centuries passing in as many paces as I tripped through the civilisations.
- Apple Store Covent Garden: the biggest such store in the world I believe, a temple to the brand and the products. And what do you know, it’s a very pleasant place to spend a little time and a lot of money.
- National Gallery: Cardinal Richelieu‘s eminence… say no more.
- Eli Pariser at The RSA: it’s only a few days since I wrote about Pariser’s work on the ‘filter bubble’, so quite a fluke that my day in London coincided with his talk at RSA House. The material had developed a little since his TED talk, but the basic premise remains and there seems to be greater appreciation of the consequences it heralds. A treat however: this lunchtime talk was hosted by Aleks Krotoski, who sat three seats along from me when she wasn’t grilling the speaker on stage.
- Scotch Malt Whisky Society, London: when in London why not call in on a society you’re a member of? Lovely stuff.
- E4 Udderbelly: …where I spent a very pleasant hour with my friend, the general manager. Just as I used to get mighty confused when visiting the Famous Spiegeltent in foreign cities so it is with the purple cow: current residing near the South Bank Centre. (And to think Sarah’s first festival job was selling tickets for Jo, Laura and I at the Bedlam Theatre in 1998.)
As I’ve always said, this blog is written largely for me. A place to record thoughts, experiences and progress. But it’s also where I keep useful links with a little comment as well: a more engaging Delicious perhaps. So here’s a link, tucked under the image above, to a Roland Harwood (@rolandharwood) post on networks. My comment is to suggest that I read it again the future and if I encourage others to have a look as well that’s all fine by me.