Museums Online

A blog to go with a series of workshops for museums on social media

Tools and examples October 4, 2009

Tools (and examples of the tools in use)

NZMuseums

NZLive.com

KeteHorowhenua Library Trust, Waikato Museum, Chinese Digital Community

Blogging – WordPress, Blogger

Blog examples – Maritime Museum, Otautau Museum

Microblogging – Twitter

Twitter examples – Te Papa, Te Papa Collections, National Library, Seb Chan

Video and image sharing – Flickr, YouTube

Video and image sharing examples – Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery, Destination Rotorua, It’s time we met

Social networks – Facebook, Bebo, Ning

Social network examples – Te Papa (Facebook), NZLive.com (Facebook), Museum3.0 (Ning)

Wikis – Wikispaces

Wiki example – Puke Ariki’s Taranaki Wiki

Surveys – SurveyMonkey, Wufoo, UserVoice

Wiki / collaborative authoring: A wiki is a website where several authors can add, edit, and delete content. This is an excellent tool for creating projects jointly. There are also text, spreadsheet, and presentation applications that allow content to be shared over the web and edited collaboratively.
Blog: This is a website where authors regularly add text, photos, audio, and links. It is often likened to a journal. Readers can usually add comments.
Podcasting: Podcasting is broadcasting audio and video over the web, which users can access to play back on computers and mobile devices at any time.
Video and image sharing: Media-sharing websites allow users to publish their digital content (such as photos, presentations, and video) for sharing with other users. Often content can be tagged (labelled) and rated by other users.
Bookmarking: Bookmarking websites allow users to record, tag (label), and share links to online content such as web pages and photographs. Tags help users find content because content is categorised using a familiar, accessible, and shared vocabulary.
Aggregator: Aggregators enable users to collect and view, in one place, information ‘feeds’ from sources across the web, including blogs, podcasts, and websites. In effect, users compile their own newspaper, which is updated automatically when new material is added to the source.
Social network: Social networks are used for socialising with friends and groups of users with similar interests (which can be recreational, educational, or issues-based). Activity is oriented around each member’s profile page.
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