I had the opportunity to interview my good friend and YouTube sensation Rohan Salmond a.k.a robofillet, the Australian video blogger behind hit web show The Poultry Press.

We talked about his VidCon 2011 experience. VidCon is the world’s largest online video conference, organized by John and Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel

The second episode of The Social Life, a fortnightly web show about social media and its intersection with entertainment and fashion.

This week, we take a look at the value of check-in services and location based social networks such as Four Square and Facebook Places. We also take a look at iPhone apps Snapr and My Scene, plus chat to the innovative kiwis that created them.

I have to admit that I still don’t see the value of a check-in, but ask viewers for their opinion. We welcome more audience participation. I see this episode as the start of a conversation, not the end of one.

However there is room for improvement of course. I see a few structural problems with this episode. It feels too long. We repeat ourselves. The interview at the end is too truncated. I wonder if we should cut Simply Genius altogether.

Will bring up my thoughts with the team after our New Zealand Fashion Week special edition, but for now, I would love your feedback on this episode, please email me lewisbostock@gmail.com or tweet us by using the hashtag #sociallifenz.

The first episode of The Social Life, a web show about social media, and its intersection with entertainment, fashion and lifestyle.

After long talks with Social Media NZ editor John Lai, I believed that we could take their former web show The Social-Lite to the next level by making it more commercial viable. We enhanced the production values, updated the brand and brought our own voice to the content.

Before I knew it, I was in front of the camera (for a change) reviewing film festival favourite Page One: Inside the New York Times, alongside Katie Dufall.

I will be covering the impact of social media on traditional film and entertainment. Katie will take a look at social media in the fashion industry.

The Social Life, New Local Web Show Launches

The launch of our brand new web show The Social Life was a huge success. Hundreds of people showed up. Speeches went well. Everyone was so supportive of the show. Lots of sponsorship opportunities. People coming up to me asking for my photograph, and asking me to come on their show as a guest. Shortland Street stars, and The Almighty Johnsons came. 

…OK, I’ve had my moment.

It was incredibly overwhelming to see so many people come out in support of Social Media NZ and The Social Life, and get excited by what we’re doing on the web. The turn out is good for the show, of course, but it’s also good for anyone who is working in this space. Web video is not a weird thing that people do in their basements, but firmly in the mainstream. 

I have to thank all the people online who are connected to us on Twitter and Facebook, our followers and friends. We couldn’t have done it without you, always sharing and commenting on our content. You have been with us from the beginning, and we thank you for continuing to demand and support local, digital content.

For us, we want to show the world that here in New Zealand we can create a show with equal if not better production value AND a point of difference. So on behalf of everybody at Social Media NZ, I want to say a big THANK YOU to you all for the love and support.

Together with Social Media NZ and Coast Media, I’m pleased to present to you the trailer for our new web show The Social Life.

My long time collaborator and editor Chris Tarpey from Coast Media has put together this kickass teaser trailer with stunning graphics and soundtrack. The montage is pumping. I encourage you to check out his work and refer him to all your friends.  

We are excited to launch the web show at Burger Fuel Headquarters on August 11th where we will offer brands the opportunity to sponsor future episodes.

Oscarpalooza

John Lai, the editor of Social Media NZ asked me to write about this year’s Oscars from a social media perspective. Immediately after the ceremony, I wrote a 1000-word essay on how the Oscars failed spectacularly.

After what is being described as the most embarrassing awards show ever, I truly believe that years from now people will STILL refer to The Social Network as The Film That Should’ve Won.

John and his editing staff later transformed my 1000-word vomit into three digestible articles. I’ve posted links to all three articles here. If you could post a comment on whichever you find the most interesting, I would sincerely appreciate it.

Blog post for Social Media NZ, about the launch of a new free-to-air channel for young New Zealanders called U, which integrates social media in ways that haven’t been seen before on New Zealand television.

I’m so grateful to John Lai for welcoming me to the SMNZ team and inviting me to cover web video, social media and its influence on traditional film and television. You can find all my articles on my dedicated author page.

Let me know if there’s something you would like to see me cover in the comment section below. As always, I appreciate your feedback.

When I first started using Facebook, I found an overwhelming number of people from our local community using the social network to connect, share and collaborate with each other. Our local community (growing steadily online) lacked unity and leadership. Crucially it lacked a certain kind of space, the digital equivalent of a town hall, which could potentially bring everyone together and tighten disparate connections. I decided to focus my efforts and create a Facebook page for my local area.
The Hibiscus Coast is a popular lifestyle destination with over 28,000 residents some 30 minutes away from Auckland’s metropolitan area, known for friendly people, lovely beaches and leisure activites.
The aim of a Hibiscus Coast Facebook page is to find new ways to strengthen our local community using a social network where we are already active users. Facebook makes it easy for us to find out what’s happening in the local area, discuss important issues and meet like minded people. You will meet people who want to help you develop the skills you need to create your own media, whether that’s framing photos, shooting videos, writing a blog or simply sharing your gardening pics with like minded people. Everyone is invited to join us, we encourage you to voice your opinions, listen to others and create content that represents our local community.
4 Reasons Why I Started the Hibiscus Coast Facebook Page
Find out what’s happening in your local area from various mainstream and new media sources.
Discuss the issues that matter to you the most with other like minded people in the community.
Develop the skills you need to produce your own media whether that’s framing photos, shooting video or writing a blog.
Check out local content from independent videographers and photographers on the Hibiscus Coast.
If you have news, questions or information that needs the attention of local eyeballs, please contact me directly. My email address is lewisbostock@gmail.com  
Click ‘like’ on the Hibiscus Coast Facebook page to receive news, information and local content.

When I first started using Facebook, I found an overwhelming number of people from our local community using the social network to connect, share and collaborate with each other. Our local community (growing steadily online) lacked unity and leadership. Crucially it lacked a certain kind of space, the digital equivalent of a town hall, which could potentially bring everyone together and tighten disparate connections. I decided to focus my efforts and create a Facebook page for my local area.

The Hibiscus Coast is a popular lifestyle destination with over 28,000 residents some 30 minutes away from Auckland’s metropolitan area, known for friendly people, lovely beaches and leisure activites.

The aim of a Hibiscus Coast Facebook page is to find new ways to strengthen our local community using a social network where we are already active users. Facebook makes it easy for us to find out what’s happening in the local area, discuss important issues and meet like minded people. You will meet people who want to help you develop the skills you need to create your own media, whether that’s framing photos, shooting videos, writing a blog or simply sharing your gardening pics with like minded people. Everyone is invited to join us, we encourage you to voice your opinions, listen to others and create content that represents our local community.


4 Reasons Why I Started the Hibiscus Coast Facebook Page

  1. Find out what’s happening in your local area from various mainstream and new media sources.
  2. Discuss the issues that matter to you the most with other like minded people in the community.
  3. Develop the skills you need to produce your own media whether that’s framing photos, shooting video or writing a blog.
  4. Check out local content from independent videographers and photographers on the Hibiscus Coast.

If you have news, questions or information that needs the attention of local eyeballs, please contact me directly. My email address is lewisbostock@gmail.com  

Click ‘like’ on the Hibiscus Coast Facebook page to receive news, information and local content.