Social Media Matters: Local news junkies take to social media to talk about Metro

Social Media MattersSocial Media Matters
By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
Metro section

Local news junkies take to social media to talk about Metro

If you’ve ever wondered what a virtual neighbourhood watch group looks like, look no further than Ray Richard’s group on Facebook called Newschaser.

This is a companion site to his popular YouTube channel that hosts videos mostly made up of local accident and crime footage.

If you hear sirens around town, it’s a good bet that people will be discussing it on Ray’s Facebook group, now up to about 3,500 members – with more joining every day.

Local crime, accidents, events, lost pets… it’s one of the most active Facebook groups in New Brunswick, I would say. Several members listen to police scanners on a regular basis and are up to date with anything and everything happening around.

It’s the place to be if you want to chat about what’s going on ‘on the street’ in Metro Moncton – and some of it ain’t pretty, folks.

The bad: There often seems to be rumour and speculation posted by members. As well, the sheer amount of constant information and updates can be staggering.

The good: Members seem very dedicated to accuracy and will ensure that rumour and speculation are corrected immediately. Also, it’s a crazily addictive group. Members are posting new information all the time.

I always thought people who listened to police scanners all day had a couple of bees missing from their hive, but I have to admit that I do enjoy hearing about every little thing happening in the city.

While some have expressed displeasure at Ray’s videos of accident scenes, I do find that he’s respectful of others and doesn’t show any gore or anything untoward. He keeps it professional.

In this day of everyone having a video camera on their smartphone, it could be a lot worse! To find the group, just search for ‘Newschaser’ in Facebook.

Check out these Twitter tools

TwitterFrom Dave Gallant’s blog this week comes a list of 10 tools that you can use to enhance your Twitter experience, including SocialBro, Tweet Caddy and Compete Tweet, to name a few.

Dave’s blog is a must-read for anyone interested in social media.

Dave writes in an easy-going style and is very accessible. I’ll be featuring his posts here on a regular basis.

To check out the 10 Twitter tools featured by Dave, check out his post entitled 10 Twitter Tools To Improve Your Tweeting Experience.

Football fumble leads to death threats on Twitter

Kyle Williams
Kyle Williams

According to a report by Wayne Freedman of KGO-TV in San Francisco, San Francisco 49ers’ wide receiver Kyle Williams received death threats via Twitter after fumbling the ball in overtime in last Sunday’s NFC championship game.

The 49ers went on to lose that game to the New York Giants and, with it, their chance to play in the NFL Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

Twitter did not comment on the death threats and said that one of the people making the threats has deleted their account with the social media giant.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I suggest three YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current as of Jan. 23.

davedays
davedays

1) davedays (1,582,827 subscribers): Dave makes videos ranging from vlogs to music videos to comedic videos. He’s from outside Philadelphia and has amassed a loyal following. More than 1.5 million subscribers can’t be wrong, eh? Not to mention his most popular video has more than 50 million views! Crazy! (Most popular video: OMG! This girl is sooo hot! – 50,931,553 views.)

2) The World’s Best Birthday Ideas (1,219 subscribers): This channel features mostly videos of the Happy Birthday song by a number of characters, including a monkey, Darth Vader and an animated goat. My favourite is ‘An Inspirational Birthday Message Especially for You’. This channel is mostly suitable for all ages (except perhaps for one self-described ‘sexy’ video) and is great for posting on your friends’ Facebook profiles on their birthdays. (Most popular video: Happy Birthday To You, have a GREAT Birthday – 1,797,923 views.)

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

3) Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (7,015 subscribers): This trio is made up of the three young Mizzone brothers who’ve formed their own band – and what a band it is! Oldest brother Tommy, age 14, plays the guitar, while middle brother Robbie, age 13, plays the fiddle. The star of the trio, though is youngest sibling Jonny, a nine-year-old banjo prodigy (yeah, there are even banjo prodigies) who amazes with his incredible talent. You need to see it to believe it. The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, as their group is called, have appeared on television several times, including the Late Show with David Letterman. If you’ve never heard of them, be sure to check them out. Very talented! (Most popular video: 8 Year Old Jonny Mizzone – Flint Hill Special – Sleepy Man Banjo Boys – 2,083,122 views.)

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