Hashtag Publishing Made Simple @flipboard @brickflow

Two fun tools make it easy to republish content that has a hashtag. I’ve spent a lot more time considering the power of hashtags given that I’ve unsubscribed from thousands of folks and instead decided to follow hashtags that reflects content I’m interested. Two tools include Flipboard and Brickflow, both just getting their feet wet.


Considering how much content is out there floating around in hashtags waiting to be picked up, it’s only a matter of time we’re able to better shape the flow of hashtag publications.

See all Flipboard ezines – https://flipboard.com/profile/mguhlin

Idea #1 – Hashtags to Flip Content into a Flipbard Magazine
Anyone else playing around with Flipboard’s ezine maker? Absolutely fun. You can drop any content that you’re viewing via Twitter, G+, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. right into a publishable ezine that can be viewed on Android, iOS devices, as well as on the web. 


Here’s the web version of one of mine,
Around the Corner: http://tinyurl.com/atcflip


Another fun thing to consider is how create ezines for school district programs using hashcodes you subscribe to. You could use a blog or Google Sites Announcement RSS feed, auto-publish items with a hashtag in the title to RSS. You can search on Flipboard for the hashtag, then “flip” those items into a book about District events.

For example, I’m able to do a search on #ec3ta13 which is the hashtag agreed upon for a Teacher Academy that took place during the Summer, 2013. Search on the hashtag in Flipboard and you’ll see the information show up in a way you can “flip it” into one of your ezines. Then, you can turn around and publish that ezine to your school district staff, students, and/or community.

Here’s one example for teachers engaged in learning to use iPads to enhance teaching and learning:

Inside of the Growing EC3 flip ezine


It’s also easy to share these ezines with others:

http://flip.it/ykbol

Idea #2 – Hashtag-based Storytelling

This next idea I ran across via Twitter (no surprise there!). The idea of hashtag-based storytelling is pretty nifty. Normally, you wouldn’t be able to arrange hashtag contributed content since it all has equal weight. However, they suggest doing the following with “micro-videos:”

Micro-videos are fun to watch and create as individual pieces, but they can also be seen as fragments of a story. The good thing about fragments is that they can be rearranged, and glued together to build something bigger. This is exactly what video editing is all about. Except that gluing together a bunch of Instagram videos sounds a lot easier than video editing. Even more so, since there is another trend which provides the glue: Hashtags.

Source: Hashtag-based Storytelling for 21st Century Learning

So, you could take the same idea that blends Flipboard and hashtag content, and apply it to video using a new tool known as Brickflow.com, which pulls content from Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

The interface is simple…click-n-drag:



Here’s one example I quickly spliced together:
http://brickflow.com/player#/project/51f7b950b7645

 What other tools do you know of that make this easier?


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