70% of fans say NO to Barry

Gareth Barry has played his last game for England according to 70 per cent of fans.

A bottomupmedia poll earlier today asked whether the Manchester City midfielder – who earned praised after captaining England to a 1-1 draw against Ghana at Wembley yesterday – had an international future and the results are comprehensive.

It seems that even though the midfielder hardly put a foot wrong yesterday, most England fans think that it will not be enough to prolong his England career.

Results of bottomupmedia poll


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Is Gareth Barry good enough to play for England?

Yesterday Gareth Barry captained England to a 1-1 draw against Ghana, but despite winning praise from Andy Townsend and Clive Tyldesley a large majority of fans think the Manchester City midfielder is not international quality.

Here bottomupmedia is giving our readers a chance to have their say.

Does Gareth Barry have an England future
(you will be taken to an external site where you can vote)

Once the results have been calculated we will run an article and show how user-generated content work.

Interview with Maz Nadjm, Head of Social Media at Ogilvy Group UK

Maz Nadjm is the head of Social Media at Ogilvy Group UK. Before that he was Online Community Product Manager at BSkyB. In 2009 he founded Cozytweetup.com which allowed people to connect on Twitter and meet-up to follow their shared interests. Maz was born in Iran, raised in Sweden and studied in the USA and UK. He blogs at www.cozymazi.com.

Maz Nadjm: An advocate of social media

How do you use social media in your daily work, and socially? Professionally I use social media to network with other people in my field and get feedback or recognition for what I’m doing. When I want to reach out to someone, 95% of the time it’s on social. Some of my contacts have become close friends through using social. I’d say I use Twitter to contact everybody, LinkedIn for business and Facebook for my friends and family who are spread all over the world. I use Quora all the time. For me it’s the best Q & A site out there. It’s well monitored and much more efficient than searching for an answer using Google. It’s all about UGC and crowd-sourcing. Quora has kept a high standard of material and that’s all in the tone of the site. That’s an important lesson for many social media sites; it’s like when you go to a club, you might stage dive, but if you’re in a restaurant wearing a suit you won’t do that. It’s all in the culture of the place.

Which sites do you use most? On a day-to-day basis I use Twitter, Quora, LinkedIn and Facebook and all for different purposes. I like YouTube as well. It’s great to see how people are reacting to certain videos and how the latest news is broadcast.

Could you live without social media tools? No. Those days are gone. The kind of technology we see in social media has become part of people’s life. I have my iPhone close to me all the time. It’s there by my bed when I sleep and when I wake up I check the news and my emails etc. Read more of this post

UGC, the Daily Mail and Hitler

Today I’m predicting that the Daily Mail online will have one of its most successful days in terms of hits in a while. Why? Because of UGC.

For those that haven’t come across what can only be described as one of the best pieces of journalism ever written, let me fill you in. There is a house in Swansea that looks remarkably like Adolf Hitler!

The words LOL, OMG, WTF sprang to my mind so don’t worry.

Now that you have recovered, you are probably thinking why is this of interest to bottomupmedia?
The first photo is credited to @Charli Dickenson who after some digging around was safely established as a member of the public and not a Daily Mail reporter. Therefore, meaning that the story itself was created by Ms Dickenson sending in her photo to the Mail. Read more of this post

Online users unite for Japan in Quakebook project

It’s an example of user-generated content at its best. What started out as one man’s simple idea is now supported by hundreds of writers and video journalists around the world.

Quakebook is a project thought up by ‘Our Man in Abiko’, a British man living in Japan, to showcase the response of normal people caught up in, or emotionally moved by, the Japanese earthquake. The aim was to create a book in one week and sell it to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross. The book will first be available as a digital download, and then hopefully in print form.

He first voiced his idea on Twitter a week after the earthquake on Friday 18 March, saying: “”People of twitter, what do you think about a creative commons (ie cool to copy) copyright for #quakebook Good/bad for charity? Thoughts?”

He followed this up with a blog post further explaining the idea: “I’m looking for contributions from anyone who has something to say about the earthquake (eg where were you when it happened, what did you feel? How have you helped? Did it change anything in the way you live your life? Are you coping with grief? Or just bewildered behind a barrage of media images?) I’m not looking for windy poetic stuff, just honest stuff. Aim to write 250-300 words or so – equivalent to a short blog post (or one page of a book).” Read more of this post

Spammer shut down

Unfortunately, user generated content is not always a good thing, especially when the content is spam e-mails advertising fake pills. The world’s biggest botnet was shut down recently by lawsuits from Microsoft and drug company Pfizer, reducing spam levels all over the world by about 33% for a short period.

The Rustock network included approximately 1 million hijacked PCs and sent up to 30 billion spam e-mails a day.

More details in this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12859591

Police and protestors use of social media and UGC

Yesterday, thousands of protesters poured into London to show their opposition to the coalition’s new budget cuts. Anarchists and other protesters prepared for the meeting weeks in advance via Twitter, Youtube and Facebook.

It’s believed that a network of anarchists known as “Network X” planned much of the violence which resulted, including occupying landmarks in Whitehall and West End and attacking the Ritz Hotel.

Thousands march on London

However, there is another side to this: police are also using social media technology to keep track of groups and to help them to find the names of protesters.

Spokesman Alan Crockford of the Metropolitan Police said: “With the huge spread in wide use of social media any one can say anything and our job is to work out whether there’s intention and capability or just someone letting off steam. We can use it to find out about the size and scale of a demonstration”. 

“The police have always monitored information which is in the public domain, in a few years this will be considered no different from reading a leaflet about the march”.  

Police in many countries are now careful to monitor social networking sites for signs of trouble, as Australian officers showed in the recent case of a fight “organized” via Facebook in New South Wales, Australia  (which proved to be a hoax when nobody showed up).

There is also a darker side to the authorities’ use of social media: Egyptian police have reportedly used Facebook and social media to track down the names of protesters during the riots in February, enabling them to arrest them more easily. Those captured were locked up, intimidated and possibly tortured.