Say hi to BlinkLink, the newest program to experiment with temporal social media.
Via Clay Allsopp, who released the program in late July:
Last week, I released this thing called BlinkLink. It’s mostly a social experiment to see how (well, if) people would use disappearing content on the web. The obvious inspiration is Snapchat, with a twist: you can choose to make your content “un-disappear” if someone tweets it.
The potential usefulness of BlinkLink is still an open question, writes Co.Design’s Mark Wilson:
Like any social-networking tool, it’s hard to predict how well BlinkLink could catch on. After an initial release that found a lot of uptake by marketers teasing new products (which is a great use case for sure), activity plummeted. But that’s okay. For Allsopp, BlinkLink is just a hobby outside his work on Propeller. It’s less his ticket to big VC bucks than it is a means for him to explore the psychology of the internet, and specifically the FOMO (fear of missing out) that drives us to refresh Facebook feeds in a relative depression.
FJP: I experimented with the tool and created my own BlinkLink, which is linked above. (Spoiler alert: it’s a painfully cute picture of my cat.) — Shining
Main thing is to publish. Blog, tweet, write, photograph, tweet, video, code, play around with data – or a combination of all of the above:
a) it will keep your journalistic ‘muscle’ in practice.
b) if you’re any good, you’ll get noticed.
And bear in mind you can do these things at other places than conventional news organisations. Many businesses, NGOs, arts organisations, public bodies, universities, etc are now publishers of extremely high quality stuff. Good places to practise your craft before moving on.