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Level Up, Health +1: How gamification can be the basis of a smoking cessation tool – Net 504

Link to my Conference PaperAs part of my Internet Studies, I had to write a conference paper on the subject of Social Networks and Online Communities. At the time, I was (and still am) fascinated by the theory of gamification – the idea of solving real-life problems using mechanics and designs inspired by computer games. I ended-up presenting a concept for an iPhone/mobile app that can help people quit smoking cigarettes using the theory of gamification (click on the logo to head straight there).

Final mark for this paper was 78%, and the main loss of marks was due to my writing style; the lecturers expected academic writing, while I chose to go for more of a personal story. I love the good-old TED talks, and I just couldn’t help myself from trying to emulate some of the speakers from these conferences. I felt that by giving a more personal touch to the paper, the reader could identify and feel what I feel, making them more immersed the idea that I was presenting.

I believe that this concept could really help a lot of people. I’m actually trying to get this idea of the ground, and turn it into reality. Will keep you posted how it all goes…

“And the winner is Facebook!”, ie. the tagging of brands in photos

I couldn’t help to notice that there’s been a bit of a discussion on the new Facebook feature where users can tag pages in their personal photos. A lot of people are voicing their concern, worried about the possible spam and privacy issues that this feature could bring. There is talk of an automatic tagging system being put into place, with brands tagging themselves as soon as they detect their presence in your photo.

Although I do agree that spam might be an issue, I don’t think that Facebook is that silly to allow for auto-tagging to take place – this could really hurt their reputation as a business and as a brand (really bad and negative connotations would arise in peoples’ minds). What I believe they are doing is to wait for the feature to popularise itself, and push for brands to sell their products directly to the consumer through their Facebook page – all via Facebook credits of course.

Imagine the day when you can see your friend’s friend that you don’t really know being tagged with a new pair of Levi Jeans that you haven’t seen before. You click on the Levi tag, hop-over to the Levi page, and you see that very same pair on sale in the page’s online store, available to buy using Facebook coins. And with multiple brands selling their products using this source, “Facebook shopping” could become a common practice in our future consumption (the way I see it, if you can add your CC details to an online store, you can do it to your Facebook profile as well).

I think that Facebook is going for something a bit bigger than just allowing companies to pay for an auto-tagging feature. I think what they are trying to do is to create and popularise a currency of their own. Facebook already has an early version of a monetary system, the Facebook Credit, and although it is growing in popularity, it is restricted to social games and apps – not to actual consumer products and services.  Although introducing a new currency might be a bit tricky, imagine if one day apart from the price of the Pound, Yen, and Euro, Facebook Credits will also be reported on the day’s financial news.

The moment when Facebook becomes not just a social network, but a financial institution as well, it will mark the spot when the company moved to the next level. With the largest consumer network now being able to trade freely within itself, Facebook could be racking in the cash for every transaction that takes place. And if you stop and think about the amount of trades that could happen in a single moment (just think, over 700 million users now – what will it be in the future?), you can see why the company would want to move in the ‘online shopping’ direction.

At the moment, it’s all speculation, but it will be interesting to see how this all pans out. Either way, the Zuckerberg gang is planning on doing something – let’s just observe and see where this one goes.

How to create a QR Code

A little ‘How to’ guide on making your own QR codes.

Click here for the guide (straight from Mashable.com – one of my most-often visited sites).

The 2011 International Online Communities and Social Networks Student Conference – PR Plan

Click here for the reportThe following document is my Public Relations group project – a PR plan for the 2011 International Online Communities and Social Networks Student Conference.

We wanted to create a plan that could spread the word about the conference, and get the right people to come and check-out some of the wonderful topics that we the students have discussed and written about. The trick is, the budget to do that stands at zero dollars ($0). We based our plan around social media; it is the driving force behind our promotional strategy.

This is the highest grated project that I have ever been involved in, with the final mark being 96%. Really proud of the diagram and the S.M. strategy we implemented – the lecturer loved it.

Reflective Web Media Creation: The Pitch – Web Media 507

Click on the image to download the assignmentThis is a copy of my pitch for the “Izquerda de la Copia” Reflective Web Media Creation assignment for Web Media 507. The assignment asked to present an idea for a web medium that would illustrate an issue from the unit in a way that anyone can understand and engage with it (meaning: in layman terms).

I wanted to create a funny, yet informative, video on the current copyright and illegal file sharing debate that is doing the rounds at the moment. Inspired by the “Downfall” internet meme, I created my own “foreign language” parody; I took scenes out of the Spanish-dubbed Oceans 11 movie, added my own English subtitles, flipped over the storyline, and created a trailer for a movie about a man trying to change the current music and movie industry stance on copyrighted material.

The lecturer loved the idea. However, at the time I didn’t have the script ready (I just visualised it in my mind), so the final grade for the pitch was 78%.

The final video/project can be found here.

“Izquierda de la Copia”: Reflective Web Media Creation – Web Media 507

The following video is a trailer for a movie that doesn’t exist. The movie tells a story of a man who came-up with an incredible scheme on how to revolutionise the way people consume and engage with videos and music. He believes that by easing up on intellectual property rights and copyright law enforcement, and by allowing people to share information and media products among themselves, the media and music industries present themselves with a far better chance of prosperity and long-term success.

Although his friends agree with his beliefs and views, they don’t believe that the established media organisations will listen to, and adapt his approach. Even more, they think that his scheme is in fact crazy – crazy enough that it just might work…

 

Link – www.youtube.com/user/mnapora

This video is part of my Web 507 unit at Curtin University.

The video was inspired by the works of Lawrence Lessig (his podcast series, episodes “Freeing Culture” and Tedx Talk) , Henry Jenkins, Gerd Leonhard, and the hundreds of youtubers, pirates, and bloggers who reckon that it’s time for organisations to accept that the Internet has changed the way we behave and interact with media content, how we consume it, and how we interact with each other. It’s time to embrace the revolution…

 

A media futurist on the future of Social Media

I stumbled across this talk by Gerd Leonhard while looking for inspiration on how our future will change thanks to the role that social media play’s in our current daily lives. He has some very interesting views and opinions on how we, as a society, will change the way we communicate, receive information, interact with each other, and trade in the near future. He covers a wide range of topics, from the music industry, television, communication, social behavior, public relation, marketing, and more. It’s worth a look.

The 2011 International Online Communities and Social Networks Student Conference – Promo Video

The following is a promotional video I made with a fellow OUA student Katrina Comyns. It’s a video we prepared to help spread the word about the conference that we are part of.

Since you’re here, check out the conference itself – some really amazing and inspirational ideas coming through (click on the image on your left).

24 Hour Media Diary – Web Media 507

This is a  summary of all the media that I consume on an average day. Ranging from music, internet, advertising, and TV, it recounts when, where, how, and which media messages got into my listening/viewing space. Part of my Web Media 207 unit.

This journal was taken on the 10/03/2011.

First bit of information for the day - freakin' awesome!

6:50am. Woke up from sleep, my iPhone next to me as the alarm. Stretched in bed for a minute, picked up the phone and checked Euro-sport for overnight scores – very happy. Checked e-mails too – nothing important. Left the phone to have a have shower and to get ready for work.

7:30am. Turned on TV to watch ‘Sunrise’ mainly for the weather, the news, and to keep up-to-date with ads; need to know what’s going on. All of this while preparing and having breakfast.

7:45am. Listening to music (podcasts, albums – a lot of stuff being shuffled by me) through my PC while getting ready for work.

8:15am. Left the house with the iPhone on, playing music while walking to the station. 8:27 – arrived at the station, stopped reading the rest of Euro-sport news and flicking through Digg, music is still playing (listening to FaltyDL’s XLR8R podcast). (more…)

Businesshead: “The King of Limbs” and its early promotional success

It’s been less then a week since the release of the latest Radiohead album, The King of Limbs. As a Radiohead fan, the first 24 hours have been very analytical, and no matter how excited I was about hearing the new material, I just couldn’t help myself to reflect back, and think about “In Rainbows” and what the album meant to me and millions of other fans worldwide. “In Rainbows” wasn’t just the music; it was a social experiment that flipped the script on how people buy, interact with, and consume music. It achieved both critical and commercial success, at a time when artists and labels were accusing the internet of hurting music sales, with profits from physical mediums dropping due to rampant piracy. What “In Rainbows” showed was that people are still willing to pay money for good music, and the internet is a very good tool for reaching those consumers. The key was to let go of the traditional music sales model, and embrace a new concept. Radiohead were able find that magic formula, and with it, the cult of “In Rainbows” was born. (more…)

Podcast: An Integrated Marketing Communication Tool – Global Marketing Communications 640

The following is a copy of my GMC 640 written assignment. I’ve decided to write about podcasts, and how they can be used as a marketing tool. The assignment talks about what is a podcast, the people that use (and how they use) podcasts, how they’re done (and how to do them well), and finally, how to promote podcasts. I wrote this assignment at a time when I was really excited about podcasting; I’ve discovered a lot of great music, topics and tid-bits of info from them, and I’m still a firm believer that a great podcast can really add value to the consumer and the brand – as long as it’s relevant to both.

I received a High Distinction for this assignment, with the only major criticism being that I didn’t really include an introduction – a valuable lesson learned. Mind you, since the time of writing this (circa 2009), the podcasting game has changed heaps. It’s certainly evolved into a big beast, with thousands of podcasts fighting for listeners ear-time. However, there’s still a lot of references, consumer data, etc that will add value to any podcast related project that you might be working on.

Marketing promo of January 2011 – Flying Lotus ‘Augmented Reality’ app

On January 12, I received an email and noticed a Facebook notification from Warp Records about their new Trigger Webcam app for the Flying Lotus ‘Cosmogramma’ album. To complement the release, Warp decided to give away some of the album’s out-takes and remixes for free. It rewarded those that bought the original album (on vinyl, CD or mp3), as the only way of obtaining the free material is by ‘unlocking’ it through an app using the album’s original artwork.

Since the whole experience is rather fun, you just can’t help to think how awesome FlyLo and Warp is. Not only is this app encouraging fans to purchase physical and legal downloads of music, it also encourages people that already have the album/product/brand to pick it up, hold it in their hands, and spend some time with it. Pure genius if you ask me…

Anyway, I was so impressed with the positive feedback that this app generated, I decided to save the Facebook announcement and it comments as a pdf – it’s three days of users going nuts and sharing info/download tips with themselves (you can download the pdf here).

Check out the app website and the app developer’s blog to see how it all works.

Pew Internet & American Life Project

A real goldmine on Internet use (social media, web 2.0, how, when and where – plus more), it contains reports, research papers, presentations and more. It’s the first place to look when you need to write a report.

Link – pewinternet.org

“Make it a double!” – Web Communication 501 Essay

This little number is an essay I wrote for Web Comms 101/501. The question asked us how a Web 2.0 tool will change/has changed the way people communicate and collaborate with each other. I chose ‘Second Life‘/virtual worlds as the central point of discussion, and how (and why) we as humans may use it.

I ended-up getting a credit for this essay. The tutor commented that I’ve spent too much time on the technology evolution part, and not enough on the communication/collaboration side. Although not my highest graded essay, it’s definitely one of my favorites.