Just a quick heads-up: Today I confirmed that I’ll be doing a workshop on blogs, feeds, and podcasts how to use them and do them at the 2005 conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists (Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Austin, TX)…
One way I like to use Google News is to quickly compare how different news venues cover the same story. This morning I did that with coverage of the newly released final report from the White House Commission of the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Here’s the thing: When a news story hinges on a document that’s available online, where is the the best place (and what is the best way) to present that link in an online news story? Are source links even necessary or desirable?
There are various ways to approach this quandary…
I’ve just added another useful bit of content to the right-hand column of this weblog. From any page in this site, look to the right and scroll down. There’s now a section called Latest Recommended Links. This section displays the five most recent items I’ve added to my recommended reading page on del.icio.us.
How did I do it?…
As I mentioned earlier, Iâ€™ve abandoned my â€œgrab bagâ€? approach to recommending cool or useful stuff to check out online. Instead, Iâ€™m listing those links on my del.icio.us page a popular â€œsocial bookmarkingâ€? tool.
I know many CONTENTIOUS readers are unfamiliar with del.icio.us, so I thought Iâ€™d provide a taste of the kinds of items Iâ€™ve been posting there lately…
I’m rather intrigued and confused by Yahoo’s newly unveiled Yahoo 360 personal information service (in beta). It’s been getting considerable buzz. I’d like to try it out.
However, where exactly is it?
OK, here’s a little PR 101: When you debut a new online site or service, make sure your site (especially the home page) is definitely up and running before and during the buzz…
Quick followup: As promised, AOL has indeed revised its terms of service (TOS) for its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service. The new agreement is more in line with what AOL’s chief competitors in the online chat space (Microsoft Messenger, Yahoo Instant Messenger, and Skype) have been offering all along.
From my perspective, here’s the new bottom line: AIM’s TOS is now acceptable. However, I still won’t go back to using it, and I recommend that others steer clear as well. I really don’t like that AOL tried to get away with such a major content grab in the first place. They shredded their own reputation, and their defensive and belated response didn’t repair that damage. AOL blew it…
Today, Online Journalism Review published an excellent analysis by my friend and colleague Nora Paul, director of UMN’s Institute for New Media Studies.
In ‘New News’ retrospective: Is online news reaching its potential?, Paul revisits perspectives offered a decade ago at the Poynter Institute’s first New News Seminar about where online journalism might be heading, vs. where we’re at today.
She focuses on the outcome of these early prognostications, and others:
- The limitless newshole (the opportunity to present all information gathered)
- Additional depth and context (“Give me more!”)
- Hyperlinking from and between news stories
- Increased reader-reporter interaction, via e-mail, discussion forums, and live chats.
Paul notes that for the most part, news organizations have not pursued these opportunites to the extent hoped. Her exploration of the hows and whys behind this outcome are well worth reading.
Personally, I suspect that one of the unacknowledged reasons behind the news industry’s lack of vigor in pursuing these opportunities lies in how inadequately the news business has been defining and delivering news…
I’ve done a little reorganizing in my sprawling list of feed subscriptions. (What’s a feed?). If you’ve checked out my complete feed list (always noted in the right column, Feeds Amy Reads), you’ll see I subscribe to over 400 feeds sorted into about 30 categories.
Obviously, there’s no way I read all of that stuff all the time.
So I’ve finally gotten around to creating a short list of feeds that I check daily…
Over at Small Business Branding Michael Pollock has suggested a fun way to overcome “blogger’s block” (writer’s block occuring in webloggers). This happens to me rarely, and not today. But this sounds like fun (my friends Tris and Toby certainly enjoyed it), so I’ll give it a quick whirl anyway.
Here are the steps in Pollock’s Book Meme 123.5 method:
- Grab the nearest book.
- Open the book to page 123.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
- Donâ€™t search around and look for the â€œcoolestâ€? book you can find. Do whatâ€™s actually next to you.
OK, here goes my attempt…
I was just reading an item in Dave Taylor’s blog The Intuitive Life called Technorati tags: Good idea, terrible implementation. There, Dave voiced this complaint:
“What if when I wrote weblog entries about General Motors, I included a special tag, a keyword tag, that let everyone who wanted to read blog entries about General Motors read my weblog article, without otherwise having to subscribe to my blog? Makes sense. Now, should it be gm or GM or generalmotors or general motors or General Motors or GM Corporation or … ?
“Therein lies the fundamental problem with Technorati Tags, as promoted by the popular weblog search system and utilized by a small percentage of bloggers.
…”With almost a half-million tags and with an online community that loves to engage in keyword and key phrase pollution to be more search engine friendly, I posit that the Technorati tags are a failed experiment and are just going to become increasingly irrelevant as the namespace continues to grow without bounds.”
I explained this in the following comment to Dave’s posting…