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SIMPLE CAN NEVER BE SIMPLE ENOUGH
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The web address of the site we set up for the members of the Middlefield Youth Flat (MYF) is www.middlefieldyouthflat.ning.com, but it seems that was too long and may have put some young people off from engaging with the site.

Protest group: "Keep the MYF Ning site"
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The last thing SHMU's Incluso team expected when it closed down the Middlefield Youth Flat (MYF) Ning site was someone creating a 'Keep the MYF' protest group! Irene Jimenez, Incluso assistant at SHMU, delivered the news of the closure to young people in the flat at her final visit on Tuesday 2nd February, 2010. She didn't know what to expect. Would they be pleased, disappointed, upset, angry?

r ur comunctn skls mprvng?
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Txt-spk, or text speak, is challenging the SHMU teams running Incluso pilots. We'd love it if the young people would write messages in English that's clear, spelled correctly and with impeccable grammar. It doesn't happen like that, though. Instead we get short messages like this one: kk u too ill fix it imrn or summin has any one got the m all yet That's more than 2 weeks old and we still haven't managed to translate it!

Social software - expect the unexpected
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Should a 16-year-old pregnant schoolgirl be allowed to publish the black & white scan image of her unborn child on a social network which has members aged between 12 and 19? This is just one of the many fascinating questions faced by the staff team running one of SHMU's Incluso pilots in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Youth View: shmuTRAIN Pilot (Scotland)
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Youth View: Middlefield Youth Flat (Scotland)
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Age differences in closed social network groups
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SHMU's Incluso assistant Irene Jimenez has been reflecting on age differences and engagement with the closed social network at one of SHMU's pilots. She finds that:

Video, not words, attracts young people
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The one thing young people taking part in all SHMU's Incluso pilots have in common is a preference for watching video over reading. And since there's so much to explain and talk about in the course of a pilot, SHMU's Incluso team has decided to record a range of 2 minute videos giving them food for thought. The videos will include the following: 

Competition to win the Incluso prize
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We mustn’t underestimate the influence of offline activity in our online researches as we try to engage young people using social software.   Engaging them with our research sites is an ongoing struggle. We try designing the appearance so that it looks appealing, try to include detail which reflects the flat, its activities and functions and engage them with video and photo uploads. The latest attempt to engage has been by a three-pronged approach: a competition, a poll and a discussion.  

Social Networking about Social Software
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Since the Incluso research deals with young people and online technologies it makes sense to join in the broader conversation about these activities going on the internet. One excellent website I have discovered is UK-based: Youth Work Online: Exploring Youth Engagement in a Digital Age. It's built using the Ning platform which SHMU in Aberdeen, Scotland, is using for its own researches. (Other partners use it too.)
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