Directors' blog

Links, thoughts and updates from the directors of Dim Sum Digital.

Archive for the ‘facebook’ tag

My week – councils on camera and foodies on apps


Yes, it’s been another week where the right to film council meetings has dominated my blogging activity.

It’s time now to consider the different styles of filming that I could adopt. I’m thinking of mostly streaming live from start to finish with a back up recording in case of wi-fi issues.

However it ends up happening, it’s unlikely I’ll manage to get quite the drama and tension into the moment as this fine piece of work. Eat your heart out Tarantino! h/t West Hampstead Life for spotting that gem.

Updates this week (captured on the map below) included a video interview for, a successful vote at Richmondshire District and the launch of a Facebook campaign by Welsh campaigners looking for their administrations to adopt similar measures to England.

It’s tech start-up, it’s hyperlocal, it’s so-lo-mo, it’s food and it’s in the north.

The arrival of Zomato in Manchester proved to be a bit of a worlds collide dilemma for me on where exactly to blog about it.

I plumbed for the site in the end – read about that here.

Written by sarahhartley

July 28th, 2013 at 10:14 am

Why a Manchester start-up has quit Facebook and the launch of Leeds paper’s mobile services

one comment

Bye, bye Facebook

Just to let you know: we won’t be using Facebook any more. ……..

“They won’t let pages contact or even view their own fans (really!), so nobody knows how many fakes they really have – except Facebook, and they’re not telling. They won’t allow an independent audit of their advert system either.

Just part of the message to its former Facebook followers from Piccadilly Gardens based cloud computing firm Charity Engine’s CEO Mark McAndrew.

He tells Business Insider how he believes Facebook is hiding fake users behind its policy of restricted access for Page owners.

Facebook has responded with information about its system for deleting fakes but, in this post at least, doesn’t address the issue of limited access, and therefore limited ability to generate revenues, from large Page followings.

I wonder whether this development will encourage any others to follow suite? Recent conversations with another large northern Facebook Page would suggest a general unhappiness with the level of control the American giant wields over access to communities which have been hard-fought to build and retain.

Hello mobile world


The home page layout


As flagged on this blog on New Year’s Day, Johnston Press are rolling on with their plan to deliver news through apps and today: “The Yorkshire Evening Post has launched new iPad and Android tablet apps, offering the latest news throughout the day as well as complete electronic copies of the newspaper.”


Football page

The launch piece online today doesn’t include a review or a clickable link to subscribe – but here are a couple of screengrabs showing the iPad edition this morning.

It’s not clear whether there’s any content unique to the new format – any Leeds readers fancy reviewing the app, let me know.

Written by sarahhartley

January 3rd, 2013 at 11:08 am

Things to do before 2011 ends, 3 : Update profiles for  New Year

leave a comment

This can take more time than it should especially if you’re a compulsive joiner/ tester of new stuff.

I think I’m about there with the major ones but it did get me thinking that an app for that would be good….

One form to fill which has the format for the 140 characters for Twitter, the current, past, summary etc. for LinkedIn, the Facebook status etc. which then distributes directly to each. Anyone?

Written by sarahhartley

December 29th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Social Media Surgery Richmond: First event

leave a comment

North Yorkshire organisations turned out to Richmond’s first social media surgery last night.

Held in the tiny village of Hudswell, it was the first rural event of this type I’ve attended and I was interested to see if the issues raised would be different to those encountered by participants at the city-based events I more usually get involved with.

They weren’t.

Ok, people may have had to travel further to attend, but the issues were familiar ones around visibility, measurability and the return on the investment of time spent participating on social media platforms with some hands-on how to assistance.

The format of the evening held at North Yorkshire’s first community run George and Dragon pub (more about that on my other blog) followed what’s become known as the Podnosh structure ie.  A group of volunteers with some experience in social media (surgeons) offering informal advice to organisations looking to maxim ise their online activity.

Personally I only got to speak with two different community organisation representatives – someone interested in promoting wider understanding of the activity of freemasons and the organisers of a local arts festival.

Conversations flowed, contacts were made and a good time was had by all. Organiser Graham Richards tells me that a repeat event will be organised soon. I’ll update this blog when I hear more.

Written by sarahhartley

October 12th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Mainstream media and the Fifth Estate

one comment

The impact social media has on journalism, and journalists, has been put under the spotlight with the launch of a study by Nic Newman.

The BBC journalist looked at five different mainstream news organisations and concluded that social networking platforms such as Twitter and Facebook together with a rise in citizen journalism had formed a ‘Fifth Estate’.

Borrowing the phrase from the work of academic William Dutton, he said this Fifth Estate would not replace mainstream media but instead was complementary to it.

“Each party is beginning to understand its place in a complex new eco-system of news and information. The mainstream media monitors a wide range of sources, including the Fifth Estate. “But as the timeline of stories is compressed, it can be argued that there is an even greater need for traditional journalistic skills of sorting fact from fiction; selecting key facts for a mass audience.”

During last night’s debate hosted by the BBC, Newman introduced his study to a panel which included Meg Pickard of The Guardian and Kate Day of The Telegraph in front of an invited audience of journalists, broadcasters and academics.

He said there were three main points he wanted to make; 1. The revolution is real and relevant to journalism; 2. It was worth noting that mainstream news organisations were busy waking up to social media and 3. They no longer had to apologise, they could operate in these areas on their own terms.

His research focussed on the activities of the BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, New York Times and CNN as well as individual journalists. The BBC’s Robert Peston was quoted as being “hugely enthusiastic” about his blog which he believes has been instrumental in helping to explain a complex story while The Guardian’s Jemima Kiss explains her vast Twitter following as being the result of a level of personal interaction.

But Newman concludes his chapter on changing journalistic practice by noting that actually, little has changed. “But so far at least, the use of new tools has not led to any re-write of the rule book – just a few tweeks around the edges. “As with so many aspects of the internet, social media are providing a useful extra layer of functionality, enabling stories to be told in new ways, not changing the heart of what journalists do. ‘Same values, new tools’, sums up the core thinking in most newsrooms”.

* The rise of social media and its impact on mainstream journalism by Nic Newman is a working paper produced in conjunction with the University of Oxford and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Written by sarahhartley

October 1st, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Bloggers in demand from brands


Whatever you blog about, chances are you’ve been approached recently by a big brand looking for coverage.

And although I’ve heard about this happening across the city, it isn’t just a Manchester thing – witness the Midlands based mom blogger Linda Jones’ recent Disney-funded trip exclusively for bloggers.

Such a non-press press trip for a major holiday company would have been unthinkable just a few years ago and is a clear example of a shift in marketing strategy that I’ve a feeling we will see more of going forward – afterall what better way to engage with a well-defined target audience than through niche publications such as blogs?

(I have contacted the Disney press office to ask what made them decide to handle the trip in this way and to see how they will gauge its success. Hopefully a comment will be forthcoming.)

It’s an issue that has promoted some interesting conversations in recent weeks about the ethics of taking freebies in return for words. It’s an issue which journalists previously had to deal with – a fine line between product trial and advertorial. (Although, as I’ve posted on here previously, for some reason press trips to exotic locations often seem to skip happily under the radar!)

As there’s no guidelines on these sort of issues (and long may that remain the case), it’s a matter for each individual blogger to develop their own ‘code of conduct’ . I’m regularly asked to try out food products and have developed these rules of engagement;

1. The relationship is fully disclosed in the blog post – the company that has provided the product named plus the fact the product was supplied for free.

2. If I don’t like, think it’s poor, over-priced or whatever – I say so. Just because it’s free, doesn’t buy support or favour.

I’d be interested to hear any thoughts on these, or from any other blogger who has attempted to draw up their own personal code of conduct in these matters.

It’s a topic that’s currently under discussion within the Manchester Bloggers group – join us on Facebook here.

A PR company is hoping to sponsor a future meet up in return for being able to engage directly with bloggers who have a music based audience – isn’t that what used to happen with press briefings for entertainment journos? Changing world indeed!

But proving the tried and trusted inducmenets are still the best in the new world, free alcohol is the offer for bloggers at  what is being billed as a “blog launch”  for the Cutting Room Experiment happening on Thursday evening at 6-7:30 at the Bay Horse, Manchester. Read more about that inititiative on The Manchizzle blog here.

Written by sarahhartley

May 20th, 2009 at 10:39 am

links for 2009-05-06

leave a comment

Written by sarahhartley

May 6th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

links for 2009-04-19

leave a comment

Written by sarahhartley

April 19th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

A swipe at PR sharp practice and other links

leave a comment

Written by sarahhartley

February 22nd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

The politics of friending with politicans


Now everyone knows that a Facebook friend often isn’t a real friend, or at least it isn’t a pre-requisite. 

But, for journalists, can an ill-advised Facebook encounter be injurious to your career or reputation?  

I’m not talking tales of drunkeness or inappropiate profile pictures, but whether “friending” could lead to accusations of favouritism or influence.

It was a topic that Paul Bradshaw picked up last week when he asked the question, “can journalists be a fan of a politician?“  but was also brought home to me when a local politician attempted to friend me on Facebook recently.

This innoucous act threw me into a bit of a dilemma. I have nothing against this particular person, I know of their activity around Manchester and I know the request is a sincere one as a fellow enthusiast for social media.

But – I don’t actually know the person, have never even had a phone conversation never mind met in person. Then again, there are plenty of other people who I’ve only ever ’met’ online and who have become regular conversationalists across Fbook, Twitter et al.

So what to do?

I first contacted the person and asked them how they know me. I got a completely charming reply explaining interest in the Social Media Cafe and blogging activity I’m involved in and also expressing an understanding of the difficult position this request might have caused.

So am I being over-sensitive and a bit prissy about the whole thing?

After all, journalists and politicians have always been in close contact, we wouldn’t have any lobby reporting without it.

Why should the openness of an an online network with all its declared allegiances on display be more problematic than some shady old drinking den where (state-school educated female hacks like myself have a tendency to believe) men who used to “fag” hangout and entertain themselves with funny handshakes?

Now don’t get me wrong, it certainly isn’t the openness of the situation that’s giving me the problem, it’s the potential for the simple action of accepting the request being seen as a warts-and-all endorsement for the individual, the party they support, any causes they attach to etc. coming as part of the package.

It may well be that I do agree/support etc, it’s just that I feel it would impact on my impartiality as a journalist to give out such a blanket approval.

So for now it’s a ‘no’ to friending – although the conversation the request prompted between us may lead to a meeting offline at some point in the future.

What would you do, or have you done? I’d love to hear from any other journalists, or politicians, who’ve considered this issue.

Written by sarahhartley

December 16th, 2008 at 6:43 pm