Quick thought: Don’t forget UGC is not just for extreme weather

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With the recent spate of extreme weather in the US, UK and Ireland, User Generated Content has featured everywhere and there have been some amazing captures. There’s nothing new about this, everytime we experience a bad bout of weather news organisations go into overdrive seeking out content from their communities.

Although a lot of news organisations are working with their communities all the time, reaching out, curating, collaborating and encouraging them to contribute content, many are still only using UGC sporadically.

Good UGC practice is not about having an upload function built into an app, setting up a dedicated email address or using social channels to gather content it is centred on good community management. Imagine what your community might contribute if you worked with them all the time.

Image credit: David Thompson/Flickr 

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Perhaps the only person happy with the bad weather …

A kitesurfer enjoying the waves and wind this evening off Sandymount Strand, Dublin

Waves crashing near the Forty Foot, Sandycove a short while later

Snapped these on my way home from work this evening – the waves off Sandycove seemed huge!

Be careful out there,

Blathnaid

Sunsets, Sugarloaf and Suburbia – a weekend in photos

Sunset over Dublin city, Saturday evening

Sunset over Dublin city

Sugarloaf mountain, Co Wicklow, Sunday afternoon

Sugarloaf mountain, Co Wicklow, Sunday afternoon

Looking west over Wicklow from Sugarloaf mountain

Looking west over Wicklow from Sugarloaf mountain

Top of the mountain

Top of the mountain

Sunset on Sunday

Sunset on Sunday

It was a beautiful weekend here in Dublin, cold and crisp. (All photos taken on iPhone 4.)

Hope you had a lovely weekend too,

B