Fans Disliked That MIA was…M.I.A.

The persuasive abilities of fans astounds me! After being bombarded on twitter, MIA, the artist who gave everyone the middle finger at the Super Bowl last year, sent out a new song via e-mail. Now here is an incentive to bother every musician out there for new music! This is also incentive to become a fan of every artist you want to hear new music from! Maybe you could be the next fan who receives an exclusive track by email.

But this spawns an entire new way for musicians to interact with their fans. If all fans need to do is harass their idols on twitter for new material, the people who are actually paid to do that by agencies could potentially be entirely cut out of the picture…maybe? Or maybe this will encourage artists to produce more work. In any case, its pretty revolutionary to have an artist emailing fans new music before it’s even leaked on the website. But then again, MIA isn’t the most conventional.


Using Storify was fascinating! I really like being able to pull information together from many different places. However, using it for Milan Fashion Week was interesting because I wasn’t sure exactly how to place the information. Since Fashion Weeks are kind of disorganized in the first place, I decided to organize my Storify by topic, rather than breaking news or the order of fashion shows. Considering this was not a news story, I figured it would be okay to put my own spin on it and so, I only featured my favorite designers and looks from Milan Fashion Week rather than have only one or two posts about each show.

My Storify!

Josh Stearns on Storify

I have to admit Storify is one of the really great tools to come out of social media, especially after listening to Josh Stearns, from Free Press, talk about his 2011 Storify of the Year. His Storify that won is called “Tracking Journalist Arrests at Occupy Protests Around the Country”, and he was capable of drawing information from various social media outlets to portray the disturbing treatment journalists were receiving. He explained to us, once something it posted to Storify it is archived there, and cannot be deleted, which was one of his difficulties while picking information to put on the Storify. He ran into multiple people who had deleted their posts from their own social media outlets, but they were still archived on his Storify. ¬†Ultimately he decided he wouldn’t delete the posts because, as he said, people should learn to censor themselves, which I agree with. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!

I also agree with Stearns in that it is fantastic that stories can be arranged and then rearranged based on breaking news and/or incoming information. However, I think it does pose problems because stories can then become slightly skewed, which Stearns also touched on when he said its hard to balance the author’s voice versus the real social content. But then again, considering people can comment or share on Storifys I suppose this can be counteracted.

I completely agree that Storify will become a major media tool for journalists in the future, much more so than Twitter. Considering posts can be archived, which can be very useful in capturing someone saying something they shouldn’t be saying, and create a very clear picture of newsworthy stories in the order of events; Storify’s will probably end up on most newspaper websites for every major occurrence around the world.


I think BostInno is definitely part of the new wave of journalism! I know a few of the other websites I regularly check started in one city and then ventured out into others. It’s a great way to accumulate money, rather than just starting big. I also found Mr. Garbarino’s presentation on his other projects intriguing! The fact he basically came up with Pinterest is quite incredible! I also liked how he kept drilling it into us that if ever want to get anything done we need to be persistent and not give up. His idea on mentioning companies/ people in articles in order to get some funding or just a meeting from them is great advice as well. I really dislike that he named the section called channels, “channels”. Personally, I have no idea what else it would be called, but I definitely think someone should figure out a new name for it! Also, I’m not crazy about their layout. I find it very tabloid-y! There is just so much going on on the page. Despite this, I think the website will do well with expansion because it covers many audiences and interests in one place, which is what people want.