UGC Multimedia

December 6, 2007 at 6:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thanks for your continued participation on discussing UGC. The quarter at UW is almost done and here’s the result of my research in a 7 minute video!

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How to monetize UGC?

November 3, 2007 at 7:56 pm | Posted in Impact | 1 Comment

Benkler, Jenkins and Lessig are all big fans of UGC because of how it enables people to be a more active part of the cultural production of our world. None of them argue that it will eliminate the commercial production, but that they have to adapt (Lessig’s: “hybrids”, Jenkin’s “convergence”), and they seem all excited about content production out of social necessity rather than commercial.

This is great (and super important point), BUT we cannot ignore the monetization trends out there. Wikipedia started raising some money, FB is about to bombard us with “relevant” ads, and Google has made it easy for millions of blogs out there to generate some cash with Google Ads. Many of us blog or produce YouTube videos, and at some point — whether is reach, tenure or fame — you think: “Hey can I make money doing this? And can I make enough money to live on it?”

Problem is, the funding models out there are OLD. Advertising is based on your ability to congregate people (impressions, eyeballs, clicks, etc) your content is only valuable if you can have a lots of people or a specific type of people. But in a always more fragmented world, only a few sites will have the real potential to drive big bucks from advertising. And in any case, when those sites make money (i.e. YouTube) do the users that generated content get some share of the money, even though they were the ones that created the value of the site?! NO.

So, if the UGC is about distributing the cultural production, how can we distribute the money it drives better? OR is Monetizing UGC bad?

Platforms and moderators?

October 25, 2007 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Factors | 1 Comment

In The Wealth of Networks, Benkler points out that there are a growing number of tools, or “platforms”, that make it easier and less costly for anyone to produce content on the same terms. These tools not only enable people to produce content independent from the traditional centers of production, but also enable people to act as network nodes by aggregating, organizing, collaborating and sharing content.

I propose that we are seeing the rise of the Moderator: an entity that presents content, and therefore, it has tremendous power over it. Moderators can be automated by set of rules and/or manually controlled by a human. For example, search engines like Google and Yahoo, are automated moderators vs. bloggers that edit their site content.


USER? User of what?

October 9, 2007 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Term | 4 Comments
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Kristina and Eunice commented on the word “user” and its ambiguity. Interestingly enough, the term has caused some strong reactions:

Bloggers like Scott Karp think that the problem is the differentiation that “user” implies from traditional “publishers”.

Another example is Rishad Tobaccowala in his keynote at OMMA who said: “User Generated Content: Since when did I become a heroin addict?”

However, Solomon Rothman argues that UGC is accurate, not insulting, and that it is different from traditional publishers because the authors motivations and because “users” are usually not paid.

What do you think of the word user?

Does this form production affect your profession or industry? How?

October 7, 2007 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Impact | 4 Comments

Ben posted the notion of the death of Artists and Video Art because of UGC. I question what other fields and feel impacted by the decentralized and “free” production of content. We often talk about news and entertainment, maybe software development, but what other forms of production is UGC impacting, and how?

I fundamentally think that UGC (or whatever term is better) will not erase any pre-existing forms of production, nor the institutions that distribute/produce content. This is just adding to the mix. Those established institutions will just need to renegotiate their terms and coexist with this new form of production/distribution. Some are riskier than others and venture to test new integration approaches, some deny it and try to regulate it and some other just sit back and let others figure it out. What do you see happening in your field/profession?

Why is it (or not) important to define this?

October 6, 2007 at 7:43 pm | Posted in Definition | 3 Comments

Is it just a marketing play?

What impact do you think this will have, if any?

Is it different and new that we need a new definition?

Who should define this?

Is UGC the right term?

October 6, 2007 at 5:50 am | Posted in Term | 5 Comments

What does “user” mean to you? What is “generating content”? Why is this term popular? Does this term really describe what’s going on? Here’s a link to a post from Publisher 2.0 that summarizes some of the discussion in the “blogsphere” regarding the term UGC.

Here are some alternate terms I’ve seen out there, what’s your take on them? Do you have any more suggestions?

  • Social Media
  • Independent content
  • Authentic Media
  • Unpaid Freelancers
  • Participatory Media
  • Digital publishing

What is user-generated content and what isn’t?

October 5, 2007 at 4:19 am | Posted in Definition | 9 Comments

This is what Wikipedia says as of 10/5/2007 5:38pm:

User generated content (UGC), also known as Consumer Generated Media (CGM) [1] or User created Content (UCC) [2], refers to various kinds of media content that are produced by end-users, (as opposed to traditional media producers such as professional writers, publishers, journalists, licensed broadcasters and production companies).

Various kinds of media? What does that include and what does it exclude? Is a high school play UGC? Why or why not?

Why are end-users the opposition of traditional media producers? What happens when a professional journalist blogs? Or when people make money blogging full time? How are they different than professionals? Are they doing UGC?

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