This Much I Knew
This Much I Knew
Missives from the awkward birth of social media 2008-2009
About the Book
"Pete Ashton represents the gold standard in using a blog as a tool for thinking out loud" Chris Unitt
A collection of blog posts by Pete Ashton from around the time somebody coined the term "social media" and the world went a little crazy while we tried to figure out what, if anything, it all meant.
This book is mostly an excuse to play with Leanpub but it might be of interest to internet historians, fans of blogging and oh my god kill me now so I don't have to think of other potential markets for my textual ideavomit.
Regarding the development of this book, I have a rough plan:
- Prepare and upload the blog posts. (done!)
- Publish the first draft of the book. (done!)
- Tidy up the blog posts, editing bits that don't make sense offline. Remove unecessary links and so on. (working on it...)
- Add contextual footnotes.
- Write introductions to each section putting the posts into more context.
I plan to write a new book this summer which will effectively be a sequel to this, so you can consider this book a dry run.
- Cast of Characters
- Before ASH-10
- Twitter, take four
- Fear of a UCG planet and the Hero Journo
- Twitter at Festivals
- Oh, Max…
- In which I try and explain Qik
- Co-working – lessons from Philly
- Disposable Social Media Tools
- Objects in Social Spaces
- A Blogging Academy?
- No, really, I’m grateful. It’s just…
- Five minute guide to blogging
- Blogmeet Instant Feedback
- May 2008
- Telling stories
- Lessons from zines
- June 2008
- Explaining Metadata with Velcro Covered Balls
- Trust is the best tool
- Getting the naysayers on side is the answer. How is the question.
- July 2008
- Advice to a blogging artist
- Ambient Feed Reading
- August 2008
- A lesson in how not to approach bloggers
- Disposable Microblogs
- Flickr and YouTube, two lessons in community management
- Emergent Game - where art meets tech
- How many links should a blog post have if a blog post must have links?
- Notes on Why Emma Loves Flickr
- September 2008
- How could Shakespeare get Internet Social?
- October 2008
- Blog Fear and the Collapse of Context
- Questions Please
- Blog Action Day happened
- Two points about the alleged “death of blogging”
- The power of fun
- November 2008
- Stop seeing BBC online as a threat to your business model
- Google Blog Search is broken
- Short posts are where it’s at
- December 2008
- Creating Byproducts
- Topics for Public Speaking
- Social Media at the Victoria and Albert
- January 2009
- So what just happened?
- Could local blogs save local businesses?
- Don’t forget to share your story
- February 2009
- Collective Weather Mapping
- Birmingham an epitome of social media best practice. Crock or gospel?
- Data Pub
- Help me define Social Media
- Talking about Local
- March 2009
- Hacking the Government
- Social Media Strategy course for Arts Organisations
- Barcamps are (probably) easy
- Surgery for Voluntary Groups this Wednesday
- April 2009
- Birmingham BarCamp News
- Obama’s People
- May 2009
- A quick idea for Twitter use in large orgs
- Shift Time in Shrewsbury
- June 2009
- Blogging as Social Processing
- A Local Blogs Blog for Birmingham
- Towards a Theory of Yurtification
- How to re-tweet properly
- Digital Britain needs real Digital Literacy
- LocalGovCamp Roundup
- Be Vocal and the mashing of local data
- Conceiving FAILCamp
- July 2009
- Do we need to rethink Good-Cheap-Fast?
- Physician, heal thyself – Bookmarking with Delicious
- Surfing the web with blinkers on
- Twittering at the Supersonic Festival
- Twitter at Supersonic – some early data
- How to do a Collective Memory
- August 2009
- Twitter at Supersonic – Final Report
- supersonic / @supersonicfest / supersonic festival
- September 2009
- Blogging for Artists, a talk
- Private in Public
- Somewhat amusingly, I fail at fail
- Connected doesn’t always mean digitally connected
- Sharing the booty
- October 2009
- Neill Cameron – accidental social media WIN
- Comments are not just for comments
- Social Media Surgery at Hello Digital
- The Arts Council West Midlands DCD fund – some notes
- November 2009
- Influence is weird
- Puppies and the gatekeepers of misery
- Death to Social Media
- Money where my mouth is
- So what do I do now?
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