If you’re experience or just setting out for a career or hobby in film-making there is on good place to start for you, Pete Francomb the serial entrepreneur has created a wonderful place to start and spread your ideas and projects to over aspiring and successful people. The social media site Cahootify is the place for anyone looking for anything to do with film. The site is based around its audience’s projects and lives only to help get its audience projects up and running. The site is a free online portfolio creation centre for the people who are ‘committed, engaged and up for making stuff happen’ (www.cahootify.com/company).
The site may not seem like a conventional social media platform however you can connect and share your ideas or projects with people just like on Facebook or Twitter, but on Cahootify it is not full of spam and non-relatable advertising. You can start your portfolio quick and easy and for an aspiring filmmaker this is a big bonus because who wants to spend hours trying to set up a profile?
The website completely runs from user generated content (UGC) and gives you the opportunity to showcase your potential talents to other individuals and potential customers to your projects. You can advertise your portfolio projects to the other users to make your name get out there, which for a social media site is exciting. Unlike Facebook, the social media platform is very professional and allows the user to concentrate on a business side of things. Although you can have a professional side on Facebook it is not entirely based on that, whereas Cahootify is more swayed to this, its about exploring yours and other peoples potential by looking at their projects.
You get the choice to add projects to your portfolio and are able to add ‘projects with needs’. For example if you are starting up a project and you need some more crew members or you need an extra opinion on your work then you can add this to your needs. Your projects and portfolio’s can easily be found one your page and if you want to re-visit a page you can save their profile to a shortlist by clicking a star on their page.
Cahootify has a simple use of taxonomy as when you go on the site you quickly see what category you make your user as, Skills or needs. Users have projects that are split into the certain taxonomy categories and you can easily find what you are looking for by using the categories as a guide. The Folksonomies are quickly found as well, as a tester I started up a project and it asked me if I wanted to use any tags, a quick and easy way of representing their folksonomies directly to the users dashboard.
Cahootify is very original in its own right and has its own quirky style that you don’t get with the popular and well-known social media sites. I found that LinkedIn, with its complete professional based platform, could be very similar to Cahootify because it has a few of the same goals. On LinkedIn you have the ability to recruit for new members of staff, by advertising job roles just like you do on your projects with needs on Cahootify. There is also similarities in the way you present yourself as a professional worker, and in a sense they are both like updating a CV, but Cahootify is shown in a much more creative way then the plain lacklustre LinkedIn. Flickr, the photographers meeting place has a close similarity to the creativity side of Cahootify by having its users upload photograph portfolios for the whole internet to see, however it doesn’t come across as a business site and is more just for people presenting their photographs. LinkedIn and Flickr cannot accommodate the style of filmmaking like Cahootify does.
The line between sites being a social network or online community is a fine one, a lot of sites can be spread over the fence, leaning to both sides and this can be quite common. What about Cahootify? Laura Johnson claims:
‘They revolve around a group of people you already know or have already met. Social networks are inherently unique to each and every person who has one for this very reason.’
‘The biggest difference between social networks and online communities is that communities form out of groups of people from all different backgrounds and histories. [T]hey consist of people who probably have never met yet are held together by a common interest or goal.’
This suggests that Cahootify could linger into both categories, couldn’t it? Lets think about it, Cahootify has the group of people who all have a profile for one reason, to connect over projects and their portfolio so in this part of Cahootify it could be considered a social networking site rather than an online community. However online communities are ‘held together by common interest or goal’. This to me suggests that Cahootify heads more into the online community direction because this is what the site is based around, people with a goal for their projects.
Cahootify, just like Facebook, lets you create your online personality to a tee. An important aspect is having a photo. Just like LinkedIn on Cahootify you should sway to a more professional photo as after all you want people to be impressed with your portfolio and a picture of you passed out on a bench just might not do the trick. This certainly would be a bad practice of creating an online presence for yourself, there isn’t many employers out there who would look more into your profile if that was the first thing they saw. An example of a good practice for setting up a starter page on Cahootify would be to keep your photo professional and sell yourself, make people come to you and get them intrigued about your projects. The aim of the game is to get people to help you out and view your projects, so it’s up to the user to make sure their profile is airtight and represents himself or herself as a professional.
Having a good online presence is the most important thing for sites like Cahootify because its about branding your product, you have to market yourself in a way where you get people to come back and see you or save your profile to their shortlist. The good thing about these style of sites is you can share your work across many different web 2.0 platforms such as Twitter or Facebook and this helps you market yourself and improve your online presence by making your audience realise you are here to work and you actually take pride in your appearance. Another way to market your online presence would be making a hashtag, something thats catchy and to the point and is relevant to what you want are interested in and what your projects are based around.
Something I would suggest, as a musician is that their be a sister site or another section that revolved around music, because there isn’t really much out there like this barring SoundCloud but if Cahootify had the ability to adapt a music side into it I think that could be really cool, because you would get lots of start up bands and they might have projects with needs such as, needing a drummer etc. I think that could work well.
The good thing about this website is that it gives the amateurs and lower down workers an opportunity to express their beliefs and opinions in their projects and try and gives them a chance to try and break through the glass and impress others with their work. Sites like Cahootify are not about oppression they are about progression. They are there to help people realise their talents so they can progress forward with their ideas and projects until they have got to their goals. It’s a site with passion and meaning behind it, which is why it is so good for young amateur filmmakers.
So if you’re an aspiring filmmaker and want to get your name out there then go check out Cahootify because trust me, there is nothing else like it out there. You never know you might find a job for life on there…
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