Mastering Social Media 2015: a reading list

Some useful, thoughtful and practical articles on social media, social networks, blogging and writing for the web:

Twitter
Twitter introduces ‘while you were away’ feature | Twitter Blog
Twitter co-founder Evan Williams: ‘I don’t give a shit’ if Instagram has more users | Fortune
David Mitchell, Twitter and the art of 140 character story telling | Content Cloud
NPR Argues Retweets by Its Reporters Are Indeed Endorsements | The Atlantic

Facebook
Introducing Facebook at Work | Facebook
What Facebook’s search feature means for brands, publishers | Digiday
Facebook promises less hoax stories and spam posts in users’ news feeds | The Guardian

Instagram
7 ways news outlets can use Instagram | Journalism.co.uk
How the BBC and Guardian are innovating on Instagram | Journalism.co.uk

What’s App
Trust issues: Why messaging apps are driving traffic and interaction | The Media Briefing

Blogging and writing
What kind of blogger are you? | Guardian Media Network
How to make journalism work online: Five writing tips | Press Gazette

The impact of mobile
Bedtime stories: What Metro and BuzzFeed’s stats tell us about mobile readership | The Media Briefing

Resist the ego bath. Some thoughts on online video

In my latest piece for the the Guardian Media Network, I look at examples of good online video in action. My experience is that most video on the web is “long, self-indulgent, rambling and shambling – video for bosses (internal stakeholders, if you must); not video for viewers.”

By looking at those that (mostly) get it right – from the NME to WSJ, The Atlantic to Channel 4’s The Last Leg – it’s possible to learn some useful lessons that are applicable in most circumstances. Lessons such as these:

1. Answer the question. Explainers work.

2. Keep it short. Brevity takes times. But it’s worth it.

3. Repurpose, repackage, reuse. Better 10 well-targeted one minute videos than one 10 minute grand tour.

4. Think discoverability. Headlines matter.

5. Text and moving images, a perfect partnership. To liven things up, aid understanding or create a brand new strand.

6. Leave them wanting more. And tell them where to go.

Read: BuzzFeed to NME: a publisher’s masterclass in producing online video