As outlined in the Transformation post, a major focus of Building Content will be to foster a vibrant architectural blogging community. I have high hopes for this community – that by mastering the new media we will help usher in a new golden era of architectural practice.
More more on that in due time…
For now I simply want to foster what I’ve already witnessed online; architects and students sharing ideas and getting to know one another.
Here are four interrelated components of this online community:
Architectural Bloggers’ Twibe- I have initiated a new Twitter “Twibe” that will serve as a community roster, the Architectural Bloggers’ Twibe. Follow this link to visit or join.
From the Twibe’s home page we can see everyone’s Twitter icon. We can individually follow, mention and message each other. We can also Tweet to the group exclusively without the rest of the Tweeter-verse seeing. The Architectural Bloggers’ Twibe is open to anyone, but it will serve as a base for the community online.
Architectural Bloggers’ List- As members join the Twibe I will add them to my Twitter list: @collier1960/architectural-bloggers. Anyone can follow this list and see a real-time Twitter stream of only those listed. This is an efficient way to drop in and see what the community is Tweeting about. I know a lot of you Tweet each other naturally – keep it up.
Architectural Bloggers’ Daily- Paper.li offers a free aggregation software that seeks and assembles content based on preset parameters. The software presents the found content in a newspaper styled format.
There is such daily paper built on the Architectural Bloggers’ List mentioned above. It’s free to subscribe to, here’s the link. Anything posted by a listed member that day, whether text or photos or Tweets, is subject to publication in the “daily”. Each issue has a “promote” button that highlights that issue as a specialized Tweet.
And now for the introduction…
Architectural Bloggers’ Chat- Twitter chats are online conversations centered on a particular topic and woven together by use of an established hashtag (#). Two popular Twitter chats you may already know are #AIAchat and #BlogChat. Search either term on Twitter and see what comes up. The hashtag designated for the Architectural Bloggers’ Chat is #ABlogChat. Our inaugural chat is scheduled for September 30, 2010 at 7:00pm Central Time. For all the details, follow this link. This first session will be to introduce ourselves and get acquainted. I will provide a transcript following the chat so participants can follow any new people and follow up on any interesting links. Subsequent #ABlogChats will have specific topics or themes. We will consider an ongoing schedule based on participants’ availability.
In case it doesn’t read in these lines, I am pumped! I’m excited about meeting and supporting more of my fellow architects. Our profession is going through a dark period economically, but technologically and communally I believe we are on the verge of great things.
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. As always, feel free to turn this into a conversation by leaving a comment below.