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SIMPLE CAN NEVER BE SIMPLE ENOUGH
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UK - Station House Media Unit

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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UK - Station House Media Unit

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?

Social software - expect the unexpected
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UK - Station House Media Unit

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.

Age differences in closed social network groups
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UK - Station House Media Unit

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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UK - Station House Media Unit

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: 

Social Networking about Social Software
Newsflash
UK - Station House Media Unit

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.)

The Influencers - key people
Newsflash
UK - Station House Media Unit

So much of the work we do on our pilot sites depends on the Influencers. In groups of young people, the Influencers are the individuals who others look up to and follow. They may be charismatic, they may be the show offs, the toughest, the prettiest or the cleverest. Whatever it is gives them influence over others, this can be used by social networking teams to draw others into the site.

Phase 2 @ shmu
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UK - Station House Media Unit

All three SHMU pilots have now entered Phase 2, just three or four months since they were first launched. It's hoped this new effort and direction will produce better results and contribute more fruitfully towards the Incluso project's objectives. SHMU's Incluso coordinator Sam Thom said he's unclear whether this is a coincidence, or whether there's a natural hiatus at this point in the research pilots. Here is an overview of recent activity:
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