Just what do you want?

The Rhizome blog’s been kind of quiet of late. One thing that might change that is you. We asked ourselves what was stopping us posting, and for some of us it’s astumbleweed simple as not knowing enough about who you are and what you want. So why not tell us? In fact, why not use this space to tell us.

You are hereby invited to guest post on the Rhizome blog – tell us about you, or your work, or your worldview. It’s a blatant opportunity to self-publicise, promote your work or cause, tell us your favourite joke and simultaneously help us to understand what makes you tick at the same time.

We always intended this to be a community space and you are that community.

If you need a little prompting, then get in touch and we can chat to you by the communication medium of your choice and your guest post can be an interview instead.

It’s that or the tumbleweed continues…


Using the media – online

I had a quick chat with Anna at Labour behind the Label whilst running a couple of workshops for them earlier in the month. I was running a session on using the media, she was running one on using new media. However neither of us planned to cover the relatively recent phenomenon of the social media press release. I promised to send Anna some links, which I thought I’d also share with you.

The social media press release differs from the traditional release in that the traditional media are only one of its targets. In fact it’s primarily aimed at getting your story picked up by bloggers and from there spreading through the full range of social media. Like so many other innovations, it’s being widely used by corporations but perhaps less so by campaigners and activists. So maybe time to change that?

So, to the links….

Articles: You could do worse than start with Muhammad Saleem’s How To Write a Social Media Press Release. For some arguments for the idea, and a bit more on technique read Brian Solis’ posts The Definitive Guide to Social Media Releases and The Future of the Social Media Release is in Your Hands.

Template release: You can download a template releases from Shift Communications

There are also a number of services out there who will distribute your release for you. I can’t speak to their quality or their ethics so won’t name any here.

If you’ve had experience of using the social media press release in an activism context, please share it here.

If you know of open source, free, and/or community minded services that will distribute social media releases, let us know and we’ll spread the word.