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How Social Media Performed During Colorado Tragedy (PCWorld)
For anyone seeking immediacy as the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., unfolded Friday, online social media outlets provided an unparalleled view of the events that left 12 people dead and some 70 others injured. They also provided some low points on the humanity scale. Storify Julie Moos of The Poynter Institute created a Storify page including tweets showing how information about the shooting evolved on social media. The Huffington Post An 18-year-old Reddit user shared up-to-the-moment coverage of the shooting through Friday night and into Saturday morning. Going by his Reddit user name, Integ3r, the teen created a series of four posts with by-the-minute developments on the story, many of which hadn’t yet been reported by major news stations and websites. He was the first to post about the shooting on Reddit. BetaBeat The Future Journalism Project on Tumblr defined it correctly as crowdsourcing the reportage and noted some of the most organized efforts by Redditors: sequential, linked threads in the /r/news subreddit. Each post was a crisp feed of new developments almost as they happened. AllTwitter You may have heard about Jessica Redfield, an intern for a local radio station who has become the face of this tragedy. Her friends and family would like to see #RIPJessica trending in memory of her. Let’s help make that happen. 9News.com Athletes and celebrities from across Colorado and the country shared their thoughts via social media following the theater shootings in Aurora. Here is what they had to say. Mashable Shooting suspect James Holmes had minimal online presence at first glance — no Facebook or Twitter accounts were located. However, in the days following the shootings, more information about his personal life has begun to materialize on the Internet. Read more

Chatwing’s Shoutbox Chat Tool Now Available on Posterous

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Soon Posterous bloggers and their readers will be able to talk to each other in real time. Chatwing has announced the release of its chat tool, Shoutbox, to the blogging platform that Twitter acquired in May 2012. Posterous reports that private group sharing within its network is growing three times faster than public group sharing. With the addition of Chatwing’s live chat tool, the platform may attract more bloggers who are looking to reach a global audience.

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Some Privacy, Please? Posterous Adds Privacy Controls to ‘Spaces’

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You already dance like nobody’s watching. Now you can now post like nobody’s reading. I’m talking about new privacy features on Posterous – real ones. Posterous won the hearts of many social media newbies by letting them update their blogs via email. The latest improvements to the site have to do with how the information you post is viewed and shared by others.

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Tumblr Hits 250 Million Page-Views a Day

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Despite the growing pains, such as several infrastructure issues over the last few months, Tumblr has persevered and continued to grow. If you look at the numbers, going from around 20 million views a day to 250 million views in less than a year. That’s quite a bit of growth to accommodate. We are talking 500% growth, more than doubled since October 2010.

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Blog from Windows Phone 7 to WordPress, Tumblr, Posterous & Blogger Too!

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I’ve been a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in the Windows CE/Pocket PC/Windows Mobile/Windows Phone category for over a decade now. People are awarded the MVP distinction for a variety of reasons. But, one common thread is that MVPs share their knowledge in a wide variety of ways. Microsoft has been collecting some of the knowledge MVPs share in the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog. I recently provided a guest blog article on a topic that I think about and experiment with a lot: Mobile blogging.

MVPs for Windows Phone 7: Blogging While on the Move with a Windows Phone

In the article I cover using a Windows Phone 7 smartphone to directly create and post content to blogs using WordPress, Tumblr or Posterous services. Blogs can be created an hosted for free on any of these platforms/sites. However, I forgot to mention a big platform in my article: Google’s Blogger. Thanks to @weemundo for pointing this out to me on Twitter. This follow-up blog posts will fill in that gap.

There’s a Windows Phone 7 WordPress app to create and manage WordPress hosted blogs (either by WordPress itself or self-hosted). Posting mobile blogs to Tumblr and Posterous involves a simple to setup email process. There isn’t a native Windows Phone app to post blog items to Blogger. However, like Tumblr and Posterous, Google/Blogger provides a simple email mechanism that can be used. This process is described here on a Blogger help page.

How do I post via email?

Blogger provides a unique email address that accepts posts just for your blog. Anyone who knows the secret word and your username can post a blog item to your blog. So, be sure to keep the secret word a secret like your password. Like Posterous, Blogger translates the following email components into blog components:

Email title -> Blog title
Email text -> Blog text
Attached digital photo -> blog image

You can add a pound sign (“#”) to the end of your intended blog text to make sure that other unnecessary items like email signatures do not get posted into your blog entry.