Hi, I'm Russ Alman, and I'm the primary social media manager for the Wenatchee World. I, along with my business partner, Dominick Bonny, curate most of what goes on in the World's social cyberspace. I thought you might be wondering who this "Russ A." guy is that responds to your comments and questions, and since it was my turn to write a column for Your Digital World this week, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to introduce myself.
Imagine you're taking a hike up Saddlerock on a clear, crisp morning. The sun is peeking over the horizon and the vista is just gorgeous. But instead of taking a video, saving it, and uploading it to Facebook or Twitter later, you want to share it in real time, LIVE?
Instagram, the social media network that focuses on quickly posting pictures and short videos from your smartphone, has been adding new supplemental apps to improve your posting experience. A few months back, they added Layout, which allows you to easily make collages of multiple pictures and post them as a single image on Instagram and elsewhere, and Hyperlapse (iOS only), which allows you create time lapse videos.
Last week, Wenatchee World reporters took some time to reflect on what had been an historic, or perhaps infamous, month. With only about one-third of the fire season over, we have already faced the largest wildfire in Washington state history. As the social media manager for The Wenatchee World, I’d like to add my perspective.
The Wenatchee World’s role as a news organization is changing from a traditional one-way street, where World journalists create all of the news stories and disseminate information to the public, toward a more interactive, collaborative model of community journalism, where we engage the community and give readers a voice.