06/02/10 98 W - + 13 - 7 What Does Social Media All Mean?

Discussion topic for the day. There's a good discussion brewing over on The Fire Critic, about page views and social media networking. Rhett writes in response to a Firefighter Hourly posting. Dave Statter adds an eloquent opinion in his comments to the Critic's post, including a great perspective of what works for fire service blogs. Note his language about open exchange of ideas. Ditto on censorship, which, cough, cough, we have long performed (albeit infrequently) here, but presumably for a greater good. Maybe it's led to a greater bad? Discuss as desired.

I posted a couple comments on the above Fire Critic thread, http://firecritic.com/2010/06/new-media-..

On censorship, including “Censorship is the trickiest thing that I have faced, and continue to face. I am not a fan of not nice. But I should be more trusting, perhaps. Our local departments are bigger and stronger than the effects of any south-heading blog comments, I believe. Damn delete key.”

And to which Dave Statter posted some great information about managing “toxic comments.”

On blogging about “bad press” stories, including: “What’s the role of the buff-blogger in such situations? Am I really a citizen journalist, who should step to the plate, and provide (one more) outlet for that information? I have concluded over time that my role (as buff-blogger, not amateur journalist) is a function of value. Will the posting (and comments therein) add value? Does the posting add “something” to the perception, participation, awareness, or discussion of the-bad-thing-that-happened.”

Good stuff. Go over and read!
Legeros - 06/03/10 - 06:37

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