September is back to school time, the summer is over, it’s time to get serious again… or so you would think. Thankfully September also means the Dublin Fringe Festival is back and you can look forward to planning some great nights out and continuing the summer partying vibe, only this time you may need to wear some warmer clothes!
An event that really caught my eye is the dream combination of nightclub Mother and the band currently owning every stage they play, Le Galaxie. For one night only they are bringing their good vibes and great tunes to Meeting House Square for what promises to be a right knees up!!
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I was recently reading an online interview with the prolific and greatly talented Canadian author Margaret Atwood and I came across an interesting initiative. Now to put it in perspective, Atwood needs no help getting published. In the almost 50 years she has been writing, she has churned out more than 30 novels and books of poetry and won pretty much every award going including the Booker. However, that has not stopped her signing up to Byliner a website which bills itself s as a platform for writers.
The idea is not entirely new as it harks back to the 19th century when writers such as Charles Dickens published in serial form or ‘road tested ideas’ on audiences. Well known authors would put out three chapters or so and then respond to readers’ reactions. That moved on and serial publication got taken over by magazines and newspapers but eventually died out for good as the 20th century neared its close, so a whole way of publishing vanished.
Now that platform has reappeared online and writers can sign up, test out a couple of chapters and take (or leave) feedback with the eventual goal of publishing the serials in book form. This is what Atwood plans with her serials Positron which can be found on Byliner. Search the database and you’ll find literary heavyweights Paul Theroux, Christopher Hitchens alongside emerging writers.
I love seeing old platforms being brought back to life online, now all you aspiring writers just need to get writing!
Want your twitter message to get out to hundreds of people at once? Or how about getting it trending on twitter? Then take a look at Thunderclap, the new crowdspeaking platform recently set up by DeDe.
A message will be Thunderclapped if it gets a certain number of supporters by a certain date in time, determined when you create the message. The default setting is 500 supporters within seven days. Once the goal is reached, the message will be automatically re-tweeted by every person who supported your message by clicking the “Back this Message” button.
The site is partnering with notable people who have strong social media followings. Essentially, the person sends out an invite tweet (or status update or email), encouraging people to support a message and take action. This message will link them to the Thunderclap website. Currently, there is no limit to the number of Thunderclaps per day, but the company says it’s keeping it small to start so as not to crash any servers. It’ll also be measuring the effectiveness of certain Thunderclaps as it rolls out.
So what do you reckon will you be trying Thunderclap??
I was recently working on a redesign of a website for a work project and it can be really hard to know when you and a designer are on the same page and thinking of the same end goal. Does your vision of what it looks like match theirs? No amount of planning and wireframing sometimes can help so I came across this great website http://www.siteinspire.com/ which seems to have an infinite amount of website templates to choose from.
Generally one of the first things a designer will say is to choose some websites you like and what aspects of them you would like to see on your new site. So this is when siteinspire comes into its own as you can search by categories and come up with a whole mood board before you know it. Here are some of my favourites below!
Well I know which one wins out in my mind but this very interesting infographic put together by the folks in http://www.eightytwenty.ie/ gives some very valuable insights. With more festivals emerging every year, this has become a fiercely competitive space for brands so any info which profiles digital audiences and provides hard data in an accessible format gets a thumbs up from me!