Episode 96 — The Olds and the New

4 March, 20134 comments

In this edition of Digital Campus, Tom, Dan, and Mills (Amanda was on a beach somewhere when we were recording) ventured into strange and wild paths of the Internet previously unknown to us, thereby proving that we are, indeed, old in Internet years. After years of talking about Google, Apple, Facebook, and Wikipedia, we set aside those old school web platforms to examine Pinterest and Tumblr. How might humanists, archivists, librarians, and museum professionals make good use of these sites that had (largely) been off our radar all this time? And we wondered whether the fact that traffic on Pinterest now rivals that on Twitter and the growing evidence that young people are moving away from Facebook to services like Tumblr might mean that those of us in the digital humanities ought to be taking a much closer look at how to best utilize these platforms. We also took a look at the 2012 Digital Humanities Award winners and offered up a few favorites from among the many worthy winners and runners up for those awards.

Maine Historical Society’s Pinterest site
Alan Jacob’s Tumblr blog
2012 Digital Humanities Awards

Running time: 37:02
Download the .mp3

Categorized under awards, digital humanities, museums, Pinterest, social networking, Tumblr

4 comments to “Episode 96 — The Olds and the New”

  1. Meg Stewart : 5th March, 2013

    I’ve been baffled by the Tumblr interest so I’m glad you spoke of it and of Pinterest. Tumblr seems like a huge RTing tool, though I have seen a few people using it as a standard blog.

    I’ve been saddened by the very soon elimination of the best blogging platform I’ve used…Posterous. To be able to set up a blog by sending an email and then posting to the blog by email is pretty slick. I thought I might try out Tumblr and port my Posterous blogs over but there is no way to do that with Tumblr. Eh! What do I want for nothing?!

    I too have a Pinterest (because I don’t want to miss out on the buzz!) but I can’t figure out what it’s for. My Etsy-loving, yet non-techy friend showed it too me over a year ago. After listeding to your podcast, I’ll pick it back up. Now I’m thinking it might be an easy-to-use Delicious or Diigo, a bookmarking application.

  2. Readings: Social Media for Public Engagement and Learning | Readings 804 : 27th May, 2013

    […] simply disseminating collections items is the first step. As the crew on Digital Campus discusses, social media tools (to make a general statement that obscures the very real differences […]

  3. Kayla : 28th May, 2013

    An excellent podcast as always.

    I adore Pinterest and was browsing that the whole time I listened to this show. I enjoy that I can see what’s interesting friends, but its not nearly as interactive (much better for introverts I suppose). Mostly, its funny sayings, fashion or decor ideas, diy tips, and geeky links.

    As far as tumblr is concerned, I’m not as active there. But you’re right about the allure of anonymity. As someone in my mid-twenties, I agree that FB has COMPLETELY changed from the beginning. A key point that you missed about avoiding FB, is that it is now dangerous to post on FB. The wrong status update, a politically uncorrect picture like, or party pictures can lose you your job or get you suspended. Talk about limiting creativity and individuality!

  4. Readings, Social Media for Teaching and Public Engagement – Lindsey | Readings 804 : 1st June, 2013

    […] you also need to consider how your information would work best with the tools. For example, Digital Campus Episode 96¬†points out the usefulness of Pinterest for museums and historic sites. They can now use tags of […]

Sorry, comments are closed.

Subscribe to Digital Campus Twitter logo Follow us on Twitter


One could spend hours listening to these witty, modern podcasts.

American Historical Association Today


Write Digital Campus at




Courtesy of