Social Media

A First Little Thought on the Common Social

On Saturday Common Space launched their new social media platform The Common Social.

Hundreds of people have already made an account and it seems to be going well.

paartyAt the beginning of any new platform however, no one is quite sure exactly what it is or what it is going to be yet. And the way it develops and finally comes to be used is often not exactly the way the designers planned because users come in and start to get creative, and I think this is what will happen in the next few weeks. It’s quite exciting.

What is certain so far is that a good platform has been provided for people to get involved with other activists and interested people.

Aside from the normal timeline style posts, there are spaces for local groups that allow people who live near each other to share ideas and, alternative media outlets, reading recommendations, strategy discussions and so on.

Get yourself signed up.

At the same time, do not forget to get your group into the Yes Registry, which is another important and useful project. Finally, for camapaigning materials, don’t forget to use AyeMail.


Silencing The Redundant

I think I only follow one footballer on Twitter and he is an ex-Celtic player so this isn’t anything that is likely to affect me too much but I am always uneasy about headlines like this…

Premier League issues social networking guidance for players

The Premier League has drawn up guidelines for players about how to use social media. 

They offer advice on the endorsement of brands, goods and services and also warn players not to reveal confidential information about team matters.

I don’t like things like this because even though they say “guidelines” and not “rules” or “laws”, it still seems that people are being told what they can and cannot say. Transgressors of the guidelines are likely to be punished.

Although I personally might not want to follow too many players (though I do follow a lot of fan media) that is beside the point.  These guidelines are still a little whittling away of free speech at the margins, and the fact it is done so publicly normalises the little loss too.

I am sure there have been “guidelines” given to olympic athletes about what they can and cannot say as well.