In UContent’s chapter on Project Gutenberg (aka PG) I focused on the procedure the user must follow to contribute content to Gutenberg’s large depository of works in the public domain. The contributed content, however, is rarely the original work of the contributor.
Barbara Quint recently reported PG has expanded its role, and launched its portal for
user-generated content (self-published works). PG’s “Self-Publishing Portal” went public on July 4, 2012.
Self-published authors are able to upload their works as PDFs (or MP3s for spoken word), and share them. Moreover, authors retain all rights (e.g., they may withdraw their works if, for instance, a commercial publisher takes an interest) and, of course, true to PG’s generous mission, the authors can use the Portal for free. As of today the Portal has 693 works.
Tara Calishain, creator of Research Buzz, announced her iteration of a Google Search Engine designed to search the web sites of the 50 United States. Tara must’ve spent some time, energy, and expertise, because it works like a charm. Her Custom Search Engine is another example of an end-user building a utility to help others navigate the Web infrastructure.
I covered this extensively in chapter 11 of my book UContent (2012) — check out my Custom Search Engine chapter links here.
Jimena Urquijo, the VP Business Development of Kantar Media-TGI Latina, is interviewed on the importance of UGC and eWOM (electronic Word Of Mouth) in Latin America. Seems UGC is far from dead, but evolving in Latin America where the number of readers of UGC is surpassing the number in Germany and Great Britain.
Here’s the interview and infographic.
Never content to remain static long enough for an author to reference it in a book, Google has changed the name of its “My Maps” app to “My Places.” You can still create a map (which is what My Maps was) by clicking the “Create New Map” link, but if you’re writing about My Maps — you’d better revise. The name change is confirmed at the Google LatLong blog.
Mashable reports that jewelry juggernaut Tiffany & Company has launched a site called “Love is Everywhere” that features a user-generated content component (another case of end users providing content that ultimately results in promoting a business. The user-generated component is a map on which site visitors can identify a location, put their initials (and the initials of their partners) on the map, and add a very brief comment concerning why that locale is romantic.