Before I begin, I have to say that it’s a bit intimidating to look at my (rather pedestrian) posts alongside the work of Andy Schmeder (Wii remote hacking, pendaphonics) and Adrian Freed (stringless 12-string cello). My recommendation would be to stop reading this and scroll down on your browser to read about some truly interesting stuff.
But! If you insist on continuing I suppose I can’t stop you.
Another project I’ll be working on this summer is building a presence for CNMAT on various social networking sites - MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and so forth. There is some software available to do this sort of things; however, it operates mostly on PCs, and if my guess is correct, most CNMAT users are Mac people. With that in mind, I think the best way to set these things up is to work with a variety of plugins and RSS software to synchronize the various kinds of data (blogs, file uploads, microblogs (tweets, statuses, etc.), pictures, video, and events) that each of these platforms support. Ideally, as much information as possible can be put straight into the CNMAT website, something everyone already knows how to use.
This is a short schematic for how this information will ideally be passed.
CNMAT WEBSITE SUPPORTS: events calendar; blogs; videos; pictures; file uploads.
FACEBOOK should be able to pull events, blogs (into notes), videos (into posted items), pictures (into albums), and file uploads (into posted items).
MYSPACE should be able to pull events, blogs (into blogs), videos (into posted items), pictures (into albums), and file uploads (into posted items).
TWITTER: should be syndicated to myspace and facebook profiles.
YOUTUBE: should be able to pull video from CNMAT website; additionally, a list of CNMAT “favorites” (or a channel) would allow for greater exposure.
FLICKR: should be able to pull photos from CNMAT website
ONLINE CALENDAR: should be able to pull events from CNMAT website
One problem that needs to be solved is how to appropriately transfer “tags” from one platform to another; similarly, the personal websites of the users would ideally be linked to everything they contributed.
Rethinking how to organize this:
CNMAT website should be able to RSS out all the blogs for publication on myspace on facebook; similarly, either google calendar or 30boxes should be able to not only take in events from CNMAT site but also pump them out to myspace and facebook. youtube and flickr seem a little idealistic at this point…perhaps a better idea is to have a more or less static set of photos/videos up rather than dealing with having them constantly updating each other.