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Got the Munchies? Have a Media Snack

Thu, Oct 25, 2007

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A new new media friend, Connie Bensen, tagged me on a meme started by one of my favorite bloggers, Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang.

Jeremiah posed the original question: Do you respect media snackers? And he defined them as “folks who consume small bits of information, data or entertainment when, where, and how they want. If you want to be part of their lives you’ve got to respect them.”

Here’s my response, in the form of … a media snack.

(Note: RSS readers may need to click through to the blog to listen to the audio file.)

As mentioned in the audio, I am tagging the following bloggers: Jim Long and Geoff Livingston from Washington, D.C.; Lee Hopkins and John Johnston from “down under” in Australia; and two of the younger generation of PR practitioners, Paull Young and Kait Swanson.

Watch for their responses. And here’s your chance to answer the question — in the comments. Are you a consumer of media snacks? Do you cater to media snackers on your blog or podcast?

UPDATE 10-27-07 I am tagging Drew McLellan after the fact. I’m behind on feed reading (even with my RSS diet) and just discovered his recent post about providing a steady stream of snack-sized messages.

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15 Comments For This Post

  1. Jeremiah Owyang Says:

    Yah, u can haz snax now

    I’m glad this is spreading. Podbit, great use of the technology, you kept me engaged (although it could be shorter). Twittergrams, created by Dave Winer, and evangelized by the scoble are about 30 seconds. You can guess how they are distributed!

    Also, you’re a great speaker, no ums and ahs, great job.

  2. Annie Boccio Says:

    Mmm, twitter snacks! I’m a media snacker and completely agree with you about using twitter that way. I haven’t done much media but when I do I try to keep it short. I’ve done a few Twittergrams, no idea if anyone is clicking on them, but they’re fun and I always click on the ones other people send.

    Great Aussie accent, by the way!

  3. Kelsey Ruger Says:

    Create bit Connie. I have really become a snacker myself. One of the reasons it has taken a while for me to complete the redesign of my site is because I realized that people’s use of blogs, twitter, and other tools has changed dramatically in the last year. Funny that you mentioned the RSS diet. I missed reading for *5 days* and came back to nearly 5000 posts to catch up on. Even at my normal 495 WPM that would be a lot.

  4. Connie Bensen Says:

    Thanks for sharing your insights! Our signatures are frighteningly similar – what does that mean? And I open Twitter links too. I enjoyed your podcast!

  5. BarbaraKB Says:

    What a relief: I can snack on!

    Thanks, Connie. This is fun.

  6. Beth Kanter Says:

    Hmm ..I’m going to have to try one of these podcasts, but after I finish my vegetables (my podcamp presentation)

  7. Connie Reece Says:

    Jeremiah – busted! ;) Yes, the podbit should have been shorter. Meant to keep it under 3 minutes but called it in & didn’t have a timer. Thanks for getting this discussion about media snacks started.

    Annie – I love your twittergrams; more, please! And I’ll let Lee and John make the call on the merits of my attempted Aussie accent. LOL

    Kelsey – I’m a fast reader too, but there is just so much information out there, it’s impossible to keep up.

    Connie – Thanks for tagging me. And that IS a bit spooky that our signatures
    are similar. Maybe we’re long lost cousins or something. :)

    Barbara – Thanks for stopping by for a snack. I enjoy the tasty tidbits you offer on Twitter and Facebook.

  8. Lee Hopkins Says:

    And I’ve continued the meme:
    http://leehopkins.net/2007/10/26/respecting-media-snackers/

    p.s. not a bad attempt at an aussie accent, about as good as my american one! {grin}

  9. Jim Long Says:

    I can haz snack now?? LOL

    Connie, you rock! I’m more comfortable with the idea of media “appetizer”. Snacking sound’s less healthy or fulfilling than an appetizer, which leads to a “main course” or some sort of larger theme.

    So as I ponder how to riff on that, I’ll be looking at Jeremiah’s post and all your other tag victims. ;-)

  10. Chris Webb Says:

    Connie,

    Glad more are picking up on the trend. I thought about this back in February as I read an article in Wired which led to a post on snack culture’s effects on my industry – publishing.

    http://ckwebb.com/books/snack-culture-in-wired-magazine/

  11. jj Says:

    Hey Connie,

    Thanks for the tag – happy to contribute to the conversation. I love the media snacker. I’d like to respect the media snacker more in the content I produce. I AM a media snacker ;)

    Here’s my contribution:

    http://www.jjprojects.net/2007/10/respecting-snacker.html

    Also…I thought some people might be interested in listening to this. I had this conversation on The Connections Show, on The Podcast Network a few weeks ago:

    All a-Twitter – A Gen X Perspective:

    http://tinyurl.com/28vins

    Although not a media snack in itself (25 mins), it is about how I snack on Twitter.

    Cheers,
    jj

  12. Jasmin Tragas Says:

    Giggling because I sat down with a bag of nut snacks to go through my feeds! Yes I think I am developing newmediavoristic tendencies. Honestly, I think what we are craving is some white space amongst all the noise, one idea at a time in an information vortex.

  13. Connie Reece Says:

    Geoff, Lee and John have already posted their responses as taggees — worth your time to click on their names above and visit their sites. I heard that Paull and Kait are working on a team response (cool!) and I’m looking forward to Jim’s “appetizer.” I like the way he used that term to indicate that the short piece is a prelude to the main course.

    Beth, I heard your “veggies” got great reviews at Podcamp. Kudos! Let me know when you do that podcast.

    Chris, thanks for stopping by and for your original writing on the “snack culture.”

    Jasmin, that’s too funny that you were nut-snacking while media-snacking. White space, indeed. Not much of that left, is there?

  14. jj Says:

    Hey Connie,

    Thanks for the tag – happy to contribute to the conversation. I love the media snacker. I’d like to respect the media snacker more in the content I produce. I AM a media snacker ;)

    Here’s my contribution:

    http://www.jjprojects.net/2007/10/respecting-snacker.html

    Also…I thought some people might be interested in listening to this. I had this conversation on The Connections Show, on The Podcast Network a few weeks ago:

    All a-Twitter – A Gen X Perspective:

    http://tinyurl.com/28vins

    Although not a media snack in itself (25 mins), it’s partly about how I snack and offer snacks on Twitter.

    Cheers,
    jj

  15. Andrea Vascellari Says:

    Hello Connie!

    I’ve been tagged by JJ, so joining this global meme I share with you my answer http://media.vascellari.com/?p=33

    Enjoy it and feel free to join the conversation!

    Andrea

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