Architecture Instagramers

“Architects are spending one out of every six minutes online using social media” according to sources like

Well, actually a lot of people nowadays is spending more and more minutes every day instarch1to social media, so why architects shouldn’t? Their public and young staff is all using social media and they know that it is a real opportunity to promote their business growth, self-brand and community engagement. Besides, architects are usually artistic and creative people who like to show the world their concerns and creations. Therefore, in this actual world where the use of Instagram is rapidly increasing and having more and more followers, architects are finding their own place and keeping pace with celebrities and starlets.

Recently, in the Architizer blog and interesting post about architecture instagramers appeared. It quotes Alexandra Langer, an architecture critic, who wrote an article for Dezeen magazine about social media practice of famous architects. She said about one famous architect: “His Instagram has a lot to do with the architecture of self-promotion, but little to do with actual building,” and “The same goes for many architects’.

insta likesIs that true? Yes, apparently. As I have said before, architects (and come on, many people) like to be self-appreciated and like to promote their designs and pictures. One of the Instagram’s goals is that, to share your pics and receive the best possible amount of likes. And you know you like it! I think it is good to stimulate yourself a bit.instarch2

On the other side, I also believe it is very important not only to promote your own work but to show engagement with general architecture followed by culture, public art and community space. I believe people interested in architecture and design would appreciate an account where it is possible to find a mixture. It is very practical and (really!) comforting. It’s like having a little architecture visual library in your hand. The photos of actual and historic buildings are lovely with a pinch of filters.

The Architizer blog I was talking about so had made a research and had found these “media-savvy creatures” in Instagram. They’re not the more famous in the world but rather young and anonymous who like the freedom to share their passions. Well done!

Here you can find my favorites among this Architizer list :  @mauriciotufino @the_architext @vitovillabilbao @lifesansbldgs

Architecture Instagramers

Sherlock updated! Using Internet and Social Media

I have to admit it. I am an avid reader and fan of Sherlock Holmes. I have read all the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle and I re-read them whenever I can. But I must confess SherlockBBCPosterthat I had never watched a movie or TV series about the character. However, I could not resist watching one of the TV series depicting a contemporary update of the famous detective: Sherlock, from the British BBC, the first season aired in 2010.

Again, I have to admit that I’m pretty hooked to Sherlock. The chapters never cease to bore me. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have an amazing presence and they make a great Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson. I totally love them and recommend the series.

The characters have many similarities to the original literary work although now adapted tosherlock-phone the new times. They’re using modern technology such as smart phones, Internet and GPS, to solve crimes! It’s amazing. In the first chapter of season one, Sherlock is able to find where the pink lady is from using the Weather Channel app in his smartphone. How cool is this?

I also believe that he can also find more about his mysteries searching on the social media sites where the corpse, the suspects have (had) a profile. This should help to draw clues and the motives of their actions.

Moreover, in this new update, Sherlock instead of hand writing articles he has a blog or S2E2_new-posts-sherlock-blog-600x337website, The Science of Deduction. In this, he presents the results and analysis of his experiments. On the other hand, his friend John Watson also has a blog. He posts about the cases he and Sherlock had resolved. He uses a narrative style, adds photos and funny quotes so his blog it’s more successful and entertaining to read. Very important in a blog nowadays if you want more followers! I’m not saying that posting about scientific things is not useful and cannot have followers but, admit it, the second one is going to have more audience. Watson said to Holmes on the first season (I really love the dialogues of the series):

Sherlock Holmes: Do people actually read your blog?
John Watson: Where do you think our clients come from?
S.H.: I have a web site.
J.W.: In which you enumerate two hundred and forty different types of tobacco. Which is why nobody’s reading your web site.

In one chapter even, Sherlock uses John blog’s visitor counter for helping to solve a case! Social Media and the Internet have become very important in our lives and the new Sherlock knows it!

Sherlock updated! Using Internet and Social Media

Experimenting with SMtools, an itsocialnetworld app!

I don’t regret downloading this mobile app in my Ipad! Sometimes, I’m just bored and I start netsurfing, looking in AppStore for interesting apps. When I believe I’ve found one I download it and then sometimes not worth it at all… I hate that but that’s modern netlife!

flipboard blogHowever, Flipboard is not the case. Flipboard is an app that aggregates content from a wide variety of sources, including news websites, social networks and blogs, which you can organize into “flippable” (I love that, the gesture, the swiping) magazine-style pages.

You can personalize your magazine content from a myriad of well-know sources as BBC, NY Times, etc. You can arrange the sections, covers and subscribe to your own Twitter, Facebook, Google+ timeline and receive your social media feeds. This app will make the tweets, lists, notifications, etc. and turn it into a lovely magazine.

The new version 2.0 even let’s you create your own magazines with articles that you find in various sources. These magazines can be followed by others, and at the same time can also be edited with a friend or partner you choose for this task. I haven’t tried this new feature yet but shortly I will, it sounds interesting and funny!

I’m not a real mobile genius but navigating the app is simple,  easy to understand, useful and beautiful. It’s really great to read the news you’re interested on, gossip or stay connected to people-all in one place!

heat it social mediaFlipboard is the newspaper for the digital age and I totally recommend it, for me it’s an itsocialnetworld app!

Experimenting with SMtools, an itsocialnetworld app!

Stay on top, keep in touch: Twitter

So, the first presentation is done! What a relief, I was so nervous… But I enjoyed a lot learning about all the data the other groups had presented.

If I have to comment all the presentations this post would be eternal! But to mention just a few points…: I really liked the general idea and the curiosity of the uprising in Egypt organized through Twitter of the first group and the personal touch (so funny) of the second. The third group part about “Mobile social media used no matter what”so true, what the users expect to happen after they become a company fan of the fourth group was really well found, too. And finally parents and social media? Educating the children or monitoring them? Like all other groups, very good.

7970301754_427a383ea4_oWe organized the teams via Twitter and as a new ‘twiterer’ I have to say it was very practical and fun. On the first days of class  you don’t know all your classmates, their interests… So, it was easy to get in contact that way. You can share you thoughts, what topics you’re interested in… Then, you reply, give your opinion while you maybe are lying in your cozy sofa or the cafeteria and that’s all, you joined your team! You can communicate more quickly and scheduling work is easier. Besides, some people are more likely sometimes to respond to a tweet than an email or a text.

An other advantatge is that throught twitter you can literally access a lot of people. That’s a huge resource of free ideas, links to interesting data… I actually find some data for our presentation that way. You feel so good when you read a tweet that really helps you with your assignments! Then, the thought about how Internet has provided an endless stream of distraction seems exagerated…

P.S. I found some interesting blog’ post about how to use Twitter in the classroom, so is somewhat realted. It has a lot of tips and it’s long but it can be an interesting lecture. Here comes the link if you want to have a look,  60 ways to use Twitter in the classroom.

Stay on top, keep in touch: Twitter