Friday, August 13, 2010

Free Jake Hess

Dear Social Media Class:
Through the power of social media I have just learned that a friend-of-a-friend and alum of my alma mater has been working as a journalist in eastern Turkey. He was arrested and put in jail two days ago without charge, probably due to some articles he had written about human rights violations under the Turkish government. He has been denied access to a lawyer and we are all worried about his health and safety.

Please consider emailing the Turkish embassy here, the us embassy in turkey, or your local congress person and asking for his peaceful release. You can also contact me to be added to a list of signatures we are sending to these agencies.

You can also contact you local news agencies to ask that his story be covered. If we raise enough awareness, maybe this won't happen to other journalists trying to write about the truth of what is happening in Kurdistan.

More info here:

Jake's articles:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MOMA-Part 3

Aggregate Trends and Recommendations

Based on reading various blog posts, comments made on Facebook/Twitter, and overall usage of the social media sites dedicated to the museum:

Topics range from conversations about artworks within the museum collection to exhibit reviews, ending with articles that don’t specifically reference the museum but the museum culture (such as articles on famous artists or other museums)

Tone overall is very relaxed and focused with a positive energy. Some good examples of these comments are:

From the Inside/Out Blog

July 25, 2010, 4:00 p.m.

I enjoyed the article.
Very beautiful!

Posted by gizecraft

From Facebook Page

Jackie Johnson Burns- I still say good to MOMA, way to go. This is a great way to get people acquainted with any artists work! July 20 at 2:16pm

However, there was some backfire on one Facebook post where the authors did not seem to have the complete audience in mind when posting and received some backlash from their audience of art enthusiasts (pictured below)

Engagement/Feedback is good but could be better, particularly with the blog. Where the Facebook page is continually getting an average of 35-40 comments per post, the blog sometimes produces 0 comments. It does seem they are reaching their target audience which includes both an international and domestic audience as some posts are in other languages.

Recommendations based on Analysis

In order to increase traffic to the blog I think it would be helpful to cross reference their media sites within each platform. I would suggest considering posting links directly to the blog more often on the Facebook page and referencing it occasionally in Tweets. It also may be useful if you could post anonymously to articles rather than requiring visitors to share their email addresses. As we have learned, blogs are a tool to communicate and while I can see how the museum would like to have an email address to privately address any issues or comments, it would probably be best if they could address these in the format they were received, as a blog comment and perhaps then invite a private or formal conversation. What we have learned though, is the more transparency that is offered, the better, and I agree that this would apply across all types of organizations, whether government or nongovernment, for profit or nonprofit.

MOMA-Part 2

Social Media Activity

Blogosphere (using Google Search and Socialmention)

MOMA’s Facebook Page

Since Wednesday July 14th-July 27th 2010

15 Wall Posts by Museum

Inside/Out Blog

Since Wednesday July 14th-July 27th 2010

10 posts


Most Comments stemming from Yoko Ono post and MOMA Teen art class

Name and Email are required to comment

Posts are coming from all areas of the museum (different authors and different departments)

MOMA on Twitter

Since Wednesday July 14th-July 27th 2010

21 Tweets Total (3-5 were return tweets to followers)

Tweets are at a minimum daily with responses and sometimes additional tweets

Has 238,770 Followers and 1,415 Tweets total


For “MOMA”-Excellent just about every link on the first search results page points to MOMA’s primary sites or indirectly through third parties. For “Museum of Modern Art”-Good-half of the links on the first search results page points to MOMA’s primary sites or indirectly through third parties.

MOMA-Part 1

Not just a leader among art museums

Monitoring the Museum of Modern Art in New York has shown me that not only are they a leader in the museum industry but also a leader amongst organizations who optimally use social media.

If they were to contract me to monitor their social media presence, I would present the following report:

Social Monitoring Report

Background Information

Museum of Modern Art

New York City, NY

A leader not only in the world of modern art, but the museum industry as a whole, the museum currently holds more than 150,000 individual works of art. This excerpt is taken from the museum’s Mission Statement:

“Central to The Museum of Modern Art's mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves.”

The museum launched a blog in November 2009, approachable through its landing page that will serve to drive repeat traffic to the site as well as engage its visitors in a new and exciting way.


Through social media monitoring, the client’s goal is to see how the blog is affecting the web traffic, specifically targeting the local users. The client would like to examine the following:

  • Is the blog visible enough?
  • Is it being utilized by the target audience (Art enthusiasts, both here and abroad)?
  • Are the users enjoying it and giving feedback?