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On Assignment in a Web 2.0 World / Iraq

I’m currently looking at refugee camps in Northern Iraq for a magazine and have gone full force into web 2.0 technologies. I am facebook’ing, twittering, geotagging, google mapping, and blogging, etc. all from the field. My blog traffic has been growing virally over the last two weeks and is now up 500% from when I started the trip.

I’m curious if others are doing these kind of things while on assignment and what people think / what has been effective or useful for them.

What I’m doing can be found at: http://www.jonathanstravels.com

by Jon Vidar at 2009-06-08 18:48:09 UTC Los Angeles , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Jon, I like the attempt to do something different……..but I see nothing about refugee camps and none of the slideshows are opening on my Macbook 2.4gz running Safari. For the most part people who are on assignments have not got the time or the inclination to do things like this, although I think that as magazines start to get a grip on the web, its not a bad idea. Of course I am sure you are familiar with Kevin Sites…..

by [former member] | 08 Jun 2009 19:06 | | Report spam→
Hey Andy,

I am actually trying to upload photos from two refugee camps that I visited today as we speak. Unfortunately using a cell phone modem to upload is one of the hurdles to doing this – at least for me. Also, I am trying to target my blog for a wider audience than just the assignment, so I am keeping people following me up to date on the whole experience, not just the camps. It’s actually the interesting side stories that I share that have gotten the most responses.

Odd though that the images aren’t opening for you. When you click on a thumbnail it should show you on the map where the photo was taken. You should then be able to click the photo to enlarge it in a lightbox window within the page. Are you seeing the thumbnails at all to the right of the google map? Is your javascript turned off?

Definitely familiar with Kevin Sites. I think that it is the way things are going to be going in the near future. The more content one person can produce, spanning as many mediums as possible, the more in demand that content will be. At least in my opinion…


by Jon Vidar | 08 Jun 2009 19:06 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Its running now— maybe a bad connection. I like the interface, nice job.

by [former member] | 08 Jun 2009 19:06 | | Report spam→

Just got the new photos posted. Check back now and you will see a selection from two camps I visited today.

Let me know if you still have problems with viewing.



by Jon Vidar | 08 Jun 2009 19:06 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Saw them, thanks.

by [former member] | 08 Jun 2009 19:06 | | Report spam→

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