In an attempt to get some of the things I find interesting out of my head and into my blog I thought I’d share some links on a semi-regular basis.
I’d love to see what you’ve been reading and pondering so feel free to leave some suggestions in the comments or tweet them to me – @jowalters.
What’s a Playbook and why do I need one? – Kim Townend, Government Design Service Social Media blog
The gov.uk team have released an alpha version of their guide outlining how and why they use various social media channels with lots of useful tools and insights.
Seven useful tips to help with your mobile copywriting – David Moth, Econsultancy
Most of these tips actually apply to writing on the web regardless of platform but show that writing mobile requires special consideration. As I’m going to be running training on writing for the web again soon I’ll be making sure I’m covering these points.
Inside a service manager’s head – Giles Turnbull, Government Digital Service blog
Yes it’s another GDS post but a) I love them, and b) I subscribed to even more of their feeds last week so I’m catching up on things! This post talks about moving to digital from paper, working within guidelines and various other things that I’ll be doing at work in my new role as Digital Engagement Manager so it is interesting to see how other organisations handle it.
Five simple ideas for free content curation on Twitter – Ben Davis, Econsultancy
Ideas for content sources including Spotify playlists which I’ve found these work well, both sharing existing playlists and asking for contributions to themed collaborative lists.
This column will change your life: interestingness v truth – Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian
“A theorist is considered great, not because his theories are true, but because they are interesting.” Even in the world of academia, most people aren’t motivated by the truth. What they want, above all, is not to be bored.”
This article – from a regular column I find interesting (and hopefully truthful) – reminds me of one of my favourite quotes from ‘Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck‘; “An accurate but useless idea is still useless”. I’m not advocating misinformation or inaccuracy but sometimes we lose the human factor which makes something interesting in the pursuit of complete (and sometimes boring) accuracy.
Vintage sexism: 20 things men don’t like about women in the office – Maya, Feministing
20 things men don't like about women in the office, from 1945 pic.twitter.com/fkvcot7z9w
— Sophie Gadd (@sophie_gadd) March 19, 2014
On that note I’m off to offer some impudent criticism and ask impertinent questions!