Category Archives: Web

Collaborative storytelling

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What kind of stories can you tell with the help of 1.8 million Twitter followers? That’s what author Neil Gaiman is finding out through a new partnership with Blackberry. Gaiman, who tweets @neilhimself, is tapping into his community of readers on Twitter to create stories and art for charity.

The result will be A Calendar of Tales, a print (and possibly digital) calendar with stories by Gaiman that were inspired by tweets in response to questions. For example, when Gaiman asked, “What is the most unusual thing you have ever seen in July?” this is the tweet he selected to prompt his writing:

Gaiman then spent a few days writing all 12 stories, which are now available for download (PDF).

The project is now in stage two and people are invited to submit artwork inspired by the stories:

Whether it’s a sketch, photo or doodle, using paint, ink or collage, upload your artwork for a chance to feature in the digital showcase and the printed, limited edition of A Calendar of Tales.

This is a very creative way to demonstrate the power of collaborative writing and art. The many tweets generated by Gaiman’s questions are moving, funny, clever — and great writing prompts. I encourage you to browse through the #KeepMoving and month-specific hashtags if you need some writing inspiration, and head over to the project’s site to read the stories, share your art, and get involved in this creative collaboration.

Everything is a Remix: System Failure

“System Failure”, the final installment of the Everything is a Remix video series, is now available.

Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.

Created by Kirby Ferguson, the four-part series is a fantastic overview of the history of remix and what that means for creativity and innovation now. If you missed any of the first three parts, catch up here.

Internet blacklist legislation

If you haven’t heard about SOPA and PIPA, chances are you are living under a rock…with no wi-fi. For 24 hours on January 18, sites around the world are going black to protest this legislation, which threatens innovation, freedom of expression, and online security.

Protect your digital rights by educating yourself on SOPA and PIPA and speaking out against these proposed bills. Here are a handful of links to get you started:

Do your part to make sure this day never comes.

140+ Tweet Feed: June 6-12

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Job Opportunities & Resources

Recommended Viewing

Tools & Resources

  • Web Writing Style Guide: This style guide was created as a crowdsourcing project by college writing teachers. Originally written for students in undergraduate writing classes, it is also a suitable resource for other writers interested in learning more about writing for the web.
  • Comprehensive Website Planning Guide: Smashing Magazine has put together an overview of the website development process, from the initial needs assessment through the launch, maintenance, and follow-up.



What is 140+ Tweet Feed? It’s where we share our top tweets every week — news, tips, resources, and articles about professional writing, editing, and design — in more than 140 characters. Let us know about other great links on Twitter or in the comments.

140+ Tweet Feed: May 30-June 5

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Job Opportunities & Resources

  • Looking for a way to combine your interest in American history with your web development skills? The Jefferson Monticello has an opening for a Web and New Media Content Specialist. If interested, be sure to send in your resume and salary requirements by June 10.
  • Quirk Books is looking for a Philadelphia-based Publicity Manager. Applicants should have book publicity and marketing experience, including knowledge of social media.
  • Is an iPad app the new resume? João Dornellas, a Portuguese art director, transformed his resume into an app to stand out from the crowd. For other examples of creative resumes, check out this collection of social media resumes from Mashable.



What is 140+ Tweet Feed? It’s where we share our top tweets every week — news, tips, resources, and articles about professional writing, editing, and design — in more than 140 characters. Let us know about other great links on Twitter or in the comments.

Introducing GradHacker

As a grad student, you’re expected to be a full-time everything: student, teacher, researcher, collaborator, networker. Add on the life you’re supposed to have outside of school and it can be very overwhelming. That’s where GradHacker comes in.

Written by graduate students for graduate students, GradHacker is a collaborative blog and digital roundtable that came out of the Michigan State University’s Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative. The goal? To share and learn from each other how to ‘hack’ all aspects of grad life.

Our contributing authors are all graduate students from a variety of universities and disciplines. We are always accepting new authors or guest posts from any grad student in any university. We are dedicated to creating a community of grads who can benefit from hearing the stories, tips, and challenges of others who are experiencing the same things. The topics that we will tackle are just as varied as the individuals who are writing them […]. Posts discuss topics such as raising kids in grad school, how to propose a digital dissertation to your committee, how to volunteer in grad school, the basics of twitter, strategies for being a teaching assistant, and even healthy recipes.

GradHacker just launched this week, and it’s already proving to be a fantastic new resource for students with articles such as making your dissertation more accessible outside of academia and how to write an academic conference proposal. New articles will be published every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so be sure to check it out and subscribe. You can also follow GradHacker on Facebook and Twitter.

140+ Tweet Feed: May 16-22

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Tools & Resources

  • How to Set Smart Daily Goals: If you want to take control of your workday schedules and priorities, you need to relentlessly question how you’re spending your time. Contributors and conference speakers from The 99 Percent share their insights on daily energy and task management.
  • LinkedIn Groups for Publishing Professionals: If you’re looking for a way to increase your publishing network, check out this list from Galley Cat. It’s a handy introduction to LinkedIn with 45 groups for authors, publishers, and readers.
  • The Resume is Dead, the Bio is King: Ready to tell your story? Learn how to craft your bio with these tips.



What is 140+ Tweet Feed? It’s where we share our top tweets every week — news, tips, resources, and articles about professional writing, editing, and design — in more than 140 characters. Let us know about other great links on Twitter or in the comments.

140+ Tweet Feed: May 9-15

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Job Opportunities & Resources

  • Smuckers is looking for an Assistant Manager of Digital Communications. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and at least two years of communications experience.
  • The George Lucas Educational Foundation is seeking a Research Analyst with a mix of strong analytical, research, writing, editing, and communication skills. This position is based in northern San Rafael, CA.
  • Seesmic is looking for a UX/web designer who can help create and implement visual guidelines across the company’s products. Knowledge of social websites is a must.
  • Cargo has an opening on their Los Angeles team for a web developer who is comfortable with PHP, MySQL, and jQuery.
  • Heroku is looking for a front end developer to join their web team. You must be a natural collaborator and able to work closely with Ruby developers and visual and UX designers.
  • It’s Nice That is now hiring an online editor who is passionate about digital media — someone who is not only able to manage, edit, and contribute content, but can also direct the platform into the digital future.
  • Do you love type and the people who create type? Typekit has openings for a developer and a foundry development manager.
  • LUSH is looking for a web graphics designer to join its team in Vancouver. If you love to love LUSH, email your resume and cover letter.
  • Do you dream of working at Wired? They’re now accepting applications for editorial interns. The full-time internships will run from July 6 to December 30 and focus on the Play section, gadgets research, fact-checking, and the Start section. All four positions involve working closely with senior editors.
  • The Ford Digital Marketing team is looking for a Digital In-Market Manager and a Car/Cross-Brand Digital Communications Manager. Both positions are based in Dearborn, MI.
  • Ideum is looking a few more amazing developers to join their team in Corrales, New Mexico. There are currently openings for a PHP developer, a Rails developer, and an ActionScript programmer.
  • Looking for a summer internship for web/app work? Hit up the smart folks over at Milk for a chance to contribute to real projects being developed. This is a paid internship in San Francisco, and applicants must submit a portfolio of their work.
  • Apartment Therapy is hiring an Assistant Editor with blogging experience, strong creative writing and editing skills, and photography skills. Submit your application by May 22.

Recommended Reading

Tools & Resources

  • LinkedIn Resume Builder: No time to update your resume? Let LinkedIn help with their templates that format your profile with a few clicks.
  • Sparked: If you’re looking for a way to build your portfolio, check out this microvolunteering network that connects volunteers with nonprofits that need design, branding, and copy writing help.



What is 140+ Tweet Feed? It’s where we share our top tweets every week — news, tips, resources, and articles about professional writing, editing, and design — in more than 140 characters. Let us know about other great links on Twitter or in the comments.