Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Personal Development 2

Getting a Job in the area of Digital Media / Social Media is something I have been thinking a lot about recently. How will I "break in" is the question I constantly find I keep ask myself.

Getting my first job in Digital Media is something I greatly desire. Although I have been trying to network a lot, and over the course of this month I have spoken to many people who are involved in areas that I have a specialist interest in, I still feel confused as to what it takes to gain your first job.

While networking this has allowed me to gather lots of info for Personal Development.

Here are a list of companies I would love to work for


MGImedia is owned by Amber MacArthur host of CommandN

MGImedia specialize in

  • Web Usability and User Experience Consulting
  • Video Production & Post-Production
  • Web Design & Branding
  • Social Media Consulting & Web 2.0 Technologies

    Smash Face

    SmashFace was founded by Zadi Diaz and Steve Woolf

    SmashFace describe them selves as a "production company 2.0." We develop original online video content, create co-productions with traditional media, build and cultivate online communities, and provide interactive consulting services. We build singular brands and execute large-scale immersive entertainment experiences that cross multiple forms of media.

    Zadi Diaz and Steve Woolf, say "We know the web and we know how to use the technology available to craft new kinds of storytelling experiences that shatter the boundaries between audience and filmmaker."

    For Your Imagination

    For Your Imagination is a leading online media studio which develops, markets and distributes high-quality original Internet TV and web video series The studio works with brands and content creators to develop their online video content, offering them the opportunity to reach a targeted advertiser-friendly audience effectively and monetizing quickly.

    For Your Imagination’s talented team writes, produces and markets entertaining videos for online distribution and monetization through advertising, sponsorships, merchandising and licensing

    The team at For Your Imagination is built upon the experience of industry veterans whose combined expertise include web development, major television and movie production, national marketing campaigns and technology.

    Bright Young Things

    Bright Young Things are a communications consultancy, who produce low cost video content for social networks.

    Looking at these four companies has helped me identify that I really want to work creating video for the web, but I also want to be able to create and manage online communities, as well as having the skills to communicate with these communities

    I already believe I have the skills to communicate with a large number of people in a wide range of locations using the many web 2.0 tools that are freely accessible.

    I also have the physical tools (computer, video camera, video editing software) (I need to invest some of my money in to a good microphone) to be able to make and produce video content

    The only thing left for me to do is develop my production skills. Anyone who works in the online world will know that Content is King

  • Monday, 8 December 2008

    Naming Your Web Start-Up

    I recently found this video and thought I would share it

    Being interested in the Internet and all of the current start ups that are appearing I found this video to be of great interest

    I have recently started to collaborate regularly with 6 other bloggers and deciding upon our name was the hardest part

    I am also interested in starting a regular screen-cast reviewing up and coming web 2.0 apps, I am currently finding it really difficult to think of a name

    I need to find a name for the screen-cast that is emotional rather than descriptive, this will allow me to be felxable with what I review. I am currently struggling to find something that fits the bill

    If you have any ideas or thoughts please leave me some feedback

    Wednesday, 3 December 2008

    .tel Domains

    On Wednesday, companies and organizations can register Web addresses with a new top-level domain, .tel

    A .tel domain name links to the contact information of businesses, organizations and individuals. Information can include telephone numbers; links to Web sites, including a Facebook or MySpace page; e-mail addresses; instant messaging names, and, if you wish, identities for virtual games such as Xbox Live or Second Life.

    I would really like to register a .tel domain and put all my contact details online. If .tel becomes a standard in finding peoples contact details I would rather be part of it now rather than later (In the last year or so I have come to find being at the cutting edge is what gets you noticed in the online / digital world)

    I currently agree with web transparency, using your really name etc. In the grand scheme of things I am quite happy to put my contact details online.

    I am sure there will be many people who read this with shock horror! As we are often told not put any information such as contact details online

    I believe I am web-savy enough to put my details online in a way that does not put me at "risk"

    I have never put my phone number online, but if at some point I chose to do that I would almost certainly use a second phone, with a completely different number to my personal phone number.

    The Internet Generation / Grown up Digital

    I have recently started to watch RocketBoom (and plan to add it to my iTunes podcast library)

    The episode below looks at how technology to young people is just a part of their daily lives, and how this is affecting their development

    Although when I was born there was no public access to the Internet and mobile phones were not widely owned by the general public, I do identify myself as one of these "technology kids"

    I can often be found at home

  • TV on
  • Sending text messages
  • E-mailing
  • IM-ing
  • Consuming News (Video or On screen text)
  • Creating digital content

    all at the same time.

    I have heard this practice referred to as media stacking. I guess this means growing up using the Internet has given me really good switching abilities!

    I can relate really well to "Dilbert INC" I much prefer working in a collaborative group of people, especially when I am using collaboration tools that are freely available online. I find working in a collaborative group allows me to pool resources ideas and information.

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