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NYC Teen Media Meetup – Bloggers, Podcasters Wanted and Invited

It’s somewhat obvious through my review of Twitter and the establishment of my podcast that I’m getting more and more into new media, primarily consumption of new media. One of the main ideas of the new forms of media is that there should be a two-way avenue of content being released, with those who were formerly just consumers, for the most part, becoming producers. Publishing and broadcasting is no longer limited to the big names because there are so many tools available to individuals. Of course, many of those individuals happen to be of the younger crowd, and those folks have as great a reach and probably more influence over their own demographic as do the typical of-age media groups.

To emphasize how teenagers have such a strong influence in today’s media, I’d like to hold an event where teenage media producers – primarily podcasters (audio and video) and bloggers – can meet each other and share their experiences in producing new media. Since I’m located in the New York City area, I’d like to invite teens from all over the city, and those willing to come in from surrounding Westchester, Suffolk (rather far from Manhattan) and Nassau counties, and closer towns in New Jersey, to a teen media meetup in Manhattan. My goal is to hold the event sometime before the summer and at a popular public venue in Manhattan with a very social environment. Teens of the ages ~13 to 19 are invited for this special event.

If you are a teen new media lover in the metropolitan New York area, and would like to meet others who share your interest, let me know. Leave a comment below or head over to the contact page, and tell me a little bit about yourself.

Blogging With Microsoft Word

SixApart is showcasing how their MoveableType Enterprise blogging platform and Microsoft Word link together to create the ultimate hook into existing productivity apps. It’s nice to see how the daddy (no way – WordPress rules) of blogging tools is connecting with existing programs to help bring users toward a unified environment for al their dialy tasks.

What I’m trying to say here is that I think a Word addon for WordPress blogging would be a great idea. You don’t really need much to do it – you already have xmlrpc.php on the server side, so all you need to do is build a client. I looked around for some info on this, and found a locked thread on the WordPress support forums, which was mostly suggesting other desktop blogging apps.

So, are there any WP + Word combos out there, or in development?

Update: I have gotten word that Word has blogging capabilities in the box, in the form of the Publishing tools. I have yet to experiment with it (I haven’t even tried a beta of Office 2007), but PC World says they are there.

Windows Live Writer

Microsoft has expanded on their Live idea by developing various applications that connect with the Web in some way or another. One of their best ones is, in my opinion, the Windows Live Writer application, which lets you post to your blog from your desktop.

Upon the first launch of the program, you will be asked to configure Writer (which is currently in Beta) for you blog. Just enter you blog’s address, and your username and password, and the wizard will get to work figuring out all the specifics of your blog (type of blogging system, template formatting, and more). The whole process took only a few minutes to complete over my relatively slow (meaning 95 Kbps tops for downloads) DSL line.

Once it’s all set up, you are presented with the post editing screen, where you type the content of your posts. You can also view the post as it would appear on your blog, or edit the raw HTML of the post. In addition, the latest versions allow you to add tags from a variety of blog search and social networking sites (Technorati, del.icio.us, and few others).

I haven’t yet experimented with pictures, maps or third party plugins, but the potential of Writer’s feature set looks positive. Just for your info, I wrote this post in Writer, illustrating it’s usefulness.

Windows Live Writer

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