A Summary of some of the apps and Platforms I’ve looked at during the last 12 months .
- My journey around apps started I guess with a fascination with Snapchat and watching it in the Reading Room project see this post last Spring .
My son had introduced me and I loved it… for daft middle-aged not teen reasons! No sharing images of my body-parts, Thank You! … The trouble was that non- of my contacts joined! No community... One replied to my invitation with ” I’m not on Snapchat but would you like to meet in town for a coffee . “Well we are over 50!
In some ways these events were key to the paradox of living within and between several digital and physical communities which is demonstrated also in my Research Paper. And probably the start of thinking about bringing those together within my process.
- At the end of Unit 1 in October 2015, Jonathan mentioned Storify, story-telling platform, in a tutorial so I signed up and started to investigate it. I drafted this post then and have been editing since.
I kept looking at Storify and trying to fit what I wanted into it…..It is great for adding content from social media but I did have some problems with the Search trying to find exactly what I wanted.
That’s pretty hard call even when just using a browser as I wanted such specific times and dates and of course had to consider Time differences in location of the event and also on the platform. Twitter time does not equal UK time for instance! The problem can be sorted by altering the settings within the browsers but I couldn’t seem to get the specificity I needed with Storify. I’m sure I could’ve done it a ‘long way round’ and imported the content as images ? but I didn’t feel the other all rest would produce what I wanted in the end, so I abandoned it…There for future reference though….
The main problem though was that it still produces too linear a narrative.… although more recently for an Upgrade there is livefyre which may be worth investigating. At the time of I was investigating there was no Free Trial, otherwise I may have gone down that route! There are others and others!!! all with different emphases on image, text etc…..
Later on I decided I wanted to be able to include live feed from Periscope on a storytelling platform….. I might have been able to do that by using Katch but then that disappeared ( see below)
- I had already spent some time looking at other simpler platforms for documenting the narrative of my process. Some image hosting sites I knew already…Pinterest, Flikr and have dipped into in the past. I set up Instagram and Imgur account to investigate further. The latter on my son’s recommendation because I had been thinking of posting on Reddit, when searching for synchronous events to document along side my actions to demonstrate simultaneity as in these described in Protected: Same time, different places and here
described fully in Notes for Research Discussion Thursday 11th February 2016
- I looked at a range of news sites on Youtube and also Buzzfeed, Huff Post and others.I’d also been directed to and ‘warned’ about ( my sons assume I need protection – they are possibly correct) the content of 4chan and used some content for the video clips made in Final Cut – these short pieces which became works in themselves.
I was still desperately trying to make something non- linear within the constraints of the linear.There’s a long and rambling post where I discuss ( with my self) the vary aspects of that and how film- makers approach the problem.
I eventually stopped trying to tell the story of simultaneity and demonstrate it simply through the action.
- But on my way I’ve been having ( and continue to have ) fun, playing with Vine here and Anthropology – ritual and space on Vine
- Using Periscope as medium of making and showing my work has evolved during my process. The app has developed and continued. The best way to find to what’s available is to watch and interact with other Broadcasts. I did a lot of that at the beginning but recently have limited myself to Broadcasts only. I may have missed out on some updates but didn’t want to get distracted by the app. Just work within the constrains of it, as it was in May. The full functionality depends on having a decent phone so things have improved since upgrading to 8GB iPhone SE. Just after I’d started to use Periscope, this happened:
Scope Day Originally on November 7, 2015, 56 broadcasters in 37 cities on 6 continents showcased destinations in their respective cities/countries over the course of 16 hours, a sort of simultaneity demonstration. In December 2015 Issac Duckett, the CEO of SCL Brands / Slickchix has acquired the rights to Scope Day.
- I have used, with varying degrees of success, YouTubeLive and Google hangouts but rather stupidly deleted the evidence of attempted and successful Trials from my YouTube Channel when tidying up! but Here is one from YouTube below and one here which was successful on Google Hangouts
I downloaded the encoding software onto my old laptop necessary for YouTube Live stream and managed a successful stream from my living room but then next time I couldn’t even access Youtube because the OS no longer supports the updated version… I tried my son’s Chrome book and again had some success but I wanted to broadcast from the Hill where there is no Wi-Fi and using my phone as a Hot-Spot didn’t work for streaming, certainly not with the phone I’d got at the time.The Chrome book had 4G but still didn’t work. Periscope is just So Easy in comparison.
From an audience point of view it allows anyone with the app to find your stream and watch. The accessibility is so much greater than Youtube where people have to search harder or know her to find you. The Map and List on Periscope make it straightforward and you can search for users using username.
I looked at Lifestream but it is very corporate, the audience would not be the broad, happen across audience that I was hoping for. I didn’t investigate Snapchat Live.
- Twitter : All my broadcasts are automatically shared on Twitter. This gives my Twitter Followers even without the Periscope app the chance to see the Broadcasts for 24 hours.
I’ve been using Twitter more now, to share Vines and posts on my MAFAD Blog as well as posting and re-tweeting.So much so that it has become an essential component for my Final Show, as an access point for an audience
- Google Translate: In the early days of using Periscope I had a large number of viewers from Turkey (and Russia) so I used Google translate to view the conversation. I could only do this from Screen recordings though. Here they are below, rather long, clumsy and unedited; but they show some of my investigation…
There was some chat about an app for simultaneous translation whilst broadcasting, but I couldn’t find it….
- I was interested in the work of Blast Theory especially after the Participation session with Jonathan and downloaded Karen app, which was fun.
- Katch was an app which saved automatically all Periscope streams WITH Comments and hearts but it closed at the beginning of May. It was useful when I found it and the results of the archived content can be seen in several posts below
All the other broadcasts were saved to Katch from early March until the end April and I archived them from Katch to this Youtube playlist Here. The comments (on an Excel spreadsheet), stats and video files were downloaded to my Desktop. It wasn’t available for the St George’s Day work, so this was screen- recorded on the Desktop.
I looked at lots of other Video and screen saving apps available on my 4S but non- worked well and kept to screen recording from the Desktop which if accessed using Chrome as a browser shows the hearts and comments on the replay
- i Ching: I played around with this app as I aim to use the iChing in an action during the Final Show…possibly using the app…I’d used cards already see above
- Geocache: I’ve played around with too ,see here Protected: Geocache possibilities
- I’ve debated the use of Bit.ly vs other alternatives as shortners for Twitter etc.. My son favours Goo.gl but I’ve stuck with Bit.ly so far
- Soundcloud here
- Clyp as here
- I investigated Anchor too,”Anchor is radio by the people, where any voice can join the conversation. Anchor makes it easy to broadcast short audio clips to a global audience in seconds. Your listeners can talk back, sparking instant group conversations that were never before possible.”but found it rather dull at the time. Very corporate…Maybe I’ll investigate it when it’s been around a bit longer.