For a long time, I’ve always been using various types of social media platforms such as twitter, Vimeo and Tumblr. However, I considered myself more of a passive observer, who only consumes the content on those platforms, constantly clicking the like buttons, sharing and retweeting, without creating much content or engaging any communities. Hence, my goal is to become more openly active by contributing to online communities and become more of a content producer, expending the contour of my online ID.
Personality and Character
Rather than having several online personas, I want to be just myself. The Scott online is the same as the Scott in front of you. I believe that our personality and character is the key element to our online presence and I wish to be both friendly and helpful. Basically someone that’s easy to talk to and associate with. Hence, I choose to communicate with more of a casual tone rather than being overly formal and literate.
I’ve being using twitter for a long time. But I used to treat it like a bookmarking tool, decious sort of platform, where I can quickly retweet or favourite the things that I found interesting online. It was more of a private space in a public domain where I bookmark things only for myself and use it as a resource for my wordpress blog. If you look at my tweets, I have over 600 tweets and about 500 of them are bascially all just links and retweets. There was no sense of personality or characteristic whatsoever.
And this is what I do now on twitter. I still love to retweet but now I “share” rather than just “collecting” interesting things on the net. I no longer retweet directly but instead I add in more personality by commenting on the links with my opinions and hashtags. As a result, I’ve reached out to a wider audiences with hashtags and people started to realize that I’m no longer just a robot and began to take interest in my link and sometimes even comment on it. Also I try to help as many people as can I on tweeter and joke around with them. I reckon it’s a really open community, that’s different to facebook where we are stucked within our own friendship circles. Here I can associate with my friends as well as reaching out to other online users. Another interesting discovery, rather than becoming more distance with the people around me, I find that through twitter, I’ve become closer to my friends and the people I work with. Using twitter in a more engaging manner certainly benefit me, not just my online presence, but also in my real life.
Tumblr and Instagram
My Tumblr is similar to my old tweeting style, where you can see I have over 149 likes and follows many people, but rarely do I reblog or put in any of my works. And this is my solution.
I’ve signed up to Instagram and it feeds to both my tumblr and twitter. I believe that it’s a convenient way to create and share my own content online. Upon using Instagram, I’ve discovered that it’s an extremely active and rich platform. Part of the reason being is because of its accessibility and immediacy, in which most people who uses Instagram are like me, owns a PDA that allows them to share and take photos easily. And it’s actually quite addictive. I find that the best way to reach out to a wider audience on Instagram is through hashtags; popular hastags like #melbourne and #art tend to draw a lot of attentions from users around the world. Instagram also has a very strong emphases on the sense of location. Our photos not only expresses who we are but also introduce to the people across the globe of the space and culture that we inhabit in. We all live, following the same time , but what we see and the photos we take differ from one another, it can be raining in Melbourne, while on the other side of the globe has a totally different scene.
Last semester, we started to use Vimeo from integrated Media 1, uploading some short videos online sharing them among our peers and tutor. It was more for an academic use and I never tried to engage with the community on Vimeo. However, because Vimeo is a video and film based community, so I really want to get to know more about them. Hence, this semester my goal is to reach out and explore Vimeo’s online community by joining Vimeo groups and get involved.
Vimeo Community - Weekend Project
I really like a Vimeo group called the ‘Weekend Project.’ Basically, every few weeks, members are given a topic on Friday and we have the whole weekend to shoot according to the topics given.
Last week’s topic was “magic hour” and this is a short timelapse that I made for the project. Since I entered the world of Vimeo community, I found that it’s actually very active as well. People on Vimeo are all film lovers like me. They are very supportive and willing to help each other out. I asked a question in regards to making better timelapse and someone actually sent me an inbox messages providing me with a very insightful and detailed information on how to improve my timelapse. I got to know some filmmakers from other countries through vimeo and there are still heaps of groups for me to explore. I used to think that people wouldn’t be interested in my works, but I now understand that there are always audiences online, we just need to find a way to reach them. Through the weekend project, one of the guy who commented on my video also recommended me to join the community at ‘timelpase.org’.
I’ve just recently uploaded some more timelapses to the website. This just shows how we can expand our online footprints by contributing in various online communities and if we keep on creating and work hard, our social media ID can only gets larger and reach further.
I’ve chosen Glos,si as the hub of my online ID that acts like the bridge, the portal, which connects to most of my social platforms. I’m a very visual person and I really like glos.si’s layout. Where people can see my posts, interests and reblogs on the left hand side, while also getting to know what kind person I am by the tweeter feed on the side. As well as using Glos.si as the main portal for my online ID – it also provide me with a brief overlook over all my online actives.
My ID map
Basically everything is connected and linked by my glos.si. Only ABC pool is being linked to my wordpress. Because I feel like ABC Pool is a more formal and Media based platform where the community is being constructed by people who worked or interested in the media industry. I want to have a more professional appeal to the community on ABCPOOL, thus I only linked it with my wordpress that showcases a more academic and formal side of me.
I find that ABC pool is more suitable for photographers and radio makers, due to its 30MB uploading limit. However, I’ve recently figure out how to compress my videos into a smaller format, and have just uploaded some videos. Got a warm welcome from the editor of ABC pool and I’m very excited to get to explore and know more. I think the value of ABC pool lies within its unique audiences, users that are very different from any other social platforms that I use. Overall, I think I’ve changed a lot since the past 6 weeks in terms of the way I use social media, from a passive user to more of a content producer who interact and engages with different communities. Basically, I’ve remained the same online identity, which is Scott Huang, but I just met more different type of people form different communities.