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Daily Freeman Life Editor Ivan Lajara talks about journalism, living in the Hudson Valley, language, the Web, cats and even politics. But he shouldn't.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Now you can (almost) post gifs to Facebook

The cool kids at giphy just had a post this morning that almost made me very happy.
The claim is that you can now post animated gifs on Facebook.
The cool kids at NowThis News got very excited.


The uncool kid in me forces me to say this: Not quite.

Although you can post a giphy link and play the gif on Facebook (like playing a Youtube video), it's not like posting a gif directly, like you can on Google Plus or Tumblr (OHAI News Cat Gifs!)

I admit, it is still pretty cool (and less intrusive, I'd imagine).

And then I remembered something cooler. You can MAKE your own gif with the gifboom app (WARNING: Contains teenagers) from your phone and share it on Facebook. And the result will be the same:

Not crazy about Gifboom? You can do the same with Cinemagram, and pretty much anything else.

And yes, you can embed Facebook posts. That's soooo yesterday.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

DFM chat on publishing news when your site is unavailable


Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're talking about how to publish news if and when your site is hacked, down or otherwise unavailable. What tools do you use? Do you have a plan? How do you inform your users?

The live feed is posted below. You can also check out past chats over here And Tweetchat is back, if that's what you prefer.
If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DFM chat on journalists, opinion and social media


Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're talking about journalists expressing their views on social media. Is it OK? What's acceptable? What is not? How do you balance being fair and objective while showing your humanity?

The live feed is posted below. You can also check out past chats over here And Tweetchat is back, if that's what you prefer.
If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DFM chat on death, social media and journalism

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.
Today we're talking about how to deal with sensitive issues on social media: Should journalists tweet from funerals and public memorials? How do you approach potential witnesses and victims who have been shaken by a news event? How do you deal with public Facebook photos from victims?
The live feed is posted below. You can also check out past chats over here
If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

40 more seconds of 40 days of Google Glass videos

DFM chat on story comments

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.
Today we're talking about story comments. Should journalists respond? How? How much time can one dedicate to them? Should they be moderated?

The live feed is posted below. You can also check out past chats over here.

If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#throughglass


Posted From Glass

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40 days of Google Glass videos in 40 seconds