Great course from Darren Rowse and Andy Wibbels. I’d take it, but the timing doesn’t work for me.
“PEJâ€™s 1-week study of social news sites like Digg: Blogs by non-journalists proved to be the most popular source, making up 40% of the stories. Nearly 31% originated on sites such as YouTube and Technorati that also offer citizen-generated content.”
“NYT needs to be more transparent: about perspective, owning up to mistakes, explaining decisions. This creates trust online. However, NYT has always operated the opposite, as a Cathedral of News: Donâ€™t explain why, just put it on the front page.”
Here’s an interesting — but weird — topic: Internet black hole, with a cool maps. “Situations where advertised paths exist to the destination, but messages – a request to visit a Web site, an outgoing e-mail – get lost along the way.”
“Knowing where people are, what theyâ€™re interested in, what they like and dislike, as well as understanding shifts and trends and news seems like a good way to stay up on what might impact your business”.
“Websites and widgets connect information and people resulting in a new collections and new relevancy. This relevancy will only show itself when using the service for a while. Which is – of course – difficult to explain to a user when he or she signs up.”
“I’m Tom Abate and Iâ€™ve been a daily newspaper reporter since 1992. I was 37 when I got my first daily job after I reinvented myself out of the typesetting industry, a craft that was then disappearing. Now part of me feels like itâ€™s deja vu all over.”
Interesting flickr search engine.
I’m using this app now instead of twhirl, because twhirl stopped working for me. (It kept saying I was making too many system requests, dunno why.) Turns out the fee for twitterific only applies to get the ad-free version, not to use the app.
wordpress plugin I might try — when someone leaves a comment on your blog, it displays the most recent post title from their blog at the bottom of the comment. JimKukral.com is doing this.
“If you have the Item Link Clicks parameter turned on in your FeedBurner settings, your feed will use the FeedBurner URL and so will CommentLuv. If you want to change this, see the Turn off FeedBurner Redirect in RSS Feeds post.”
“As a voracious RSS feed consumer, I have always been irked by the fact that a lot of FeedBurner enabled blog feeds have the title URL point to a FeedBurner URL instead of a link to the actual post.
Another wordpress plugin that looks potentially useful to me: “allows you to enhance your feeds with several highly customisable features.”
“Newly disclosed DOJ memo asserts the president has unlimited power to order brutal interrogations, also reveals a radical view of the 4th Amend. Cites a still-secret 2001 DOJ memo which found the “4th Amend had no application to domestic military ops.”
Jim Brady, washingtonpost.com: â€œ’Out of all the things weâ€™ve done, engaging readers was the one that had the most resistance from the print side,’ he admits. But he argues that not involving your readers means they wonâ€™t be your readers for long.”
“HarperCollins Publishers is forming a new publishing group that will substitute profit-sharing with authors for cash advances and will try to eliminate the costly practice of allowing booksellers to return unsold copies.”
|A few minor things went screwy with my WordPress 2.5 upgrade.|
First of all, the image upload function has stopped working.
When I try to upload an image to a blog post via WordPress, I get this: Fatal error: Call to undefined function. Apparently a lot of people are having this problem, and there’s no fix yet.
My temporary image upload fix: For now, when I want to include an image in Contentious I uploading it to my Typepad account, grab the image URL from there, and insert that into my WordPress post.
I also tried uploading an image to Contentious via the blog editing application MarsEdit. In that case I got a different error…
|There are lots of different ways to brand yourself.|
Yesterday my colleague Jim Kukral wrote about why he’s decided to focus on centralizing his personal brand. He wrote:
“My biggest mistake from the past 7-years or so was not building my personal brand on my own blog hard enough, earlier enough. Some may wonder why someone like me whoâ€™s been around for a long time blogging (since 2001), only has about 600 rss subscribers. Iâ€™ll tell you whyâ€¦ because I never focused blogging and building my brand here on JimKukral.com until recently.”
That got me thinking about Contentious.com and my own “personal brand.” Although I have an innate dislike to the term “personal brand,” I’ll admit it’s a useful and important concept for people in media-related work and many other fields these days.
The simple reason for that, I think, is that these days it’s unwise to rely on any company, organization, or institution to stick by you. The only leverage most professionals have these days depends on their ability to find or make their own opportunities — which means they need to be known as individuals. not just as faceless functionaries.
Jim seems to gauge the success on his personal brand by traffic to his site and feed. For a lot of people and purposes, that’s perfectly valid and appropriate.
But personally, I see a lot of value in the hybrid home base/distributed presence approach to personal branding…
Generally I try not to get caught up in memes, where a bunch of people try to do similar posts on the same day. (I’m not entirely opposed to memes, it just doesn’t suit the way I personally write or work.)
But yesterday I saw a particularly compelling video post by Wine 2.0 founder Gary Vaynerchuk: April 3, 2008 is GOOD PEOPLE DAY, pass it on. Take a minute and watch it, it’s short.
…OK, dude, you got me. Here’s my tribute to a particularly positive and powerful community that’s had a good influence on my life and work: Blogher.
I subscribe to the official campaign Twitter feeds for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. (John McCain doesn’t seem to have one, as far as I can tell.) Just a short while ago I saw this tweet come through from Hillary Clinton:
…Nothing so far in response from Obama. I’ll keep watching. But Hillary definitely has scored more humor points so far today.
…OK, not really. It’s an April Fool’s Day spoof from Bunkmag.com, and it’s definitely better than any prank I’ve dreamed up so far today. If you need a laugh (and really, who in the news business doesn’t?) then go check out The Los Wikiless Timespedia. This had me in hysterics, especially considering the LA Times’ infamous wikitorial debacle of 2005.
Here are a few highlights that appeared on this editable site as of the posting of this Tidbit (although I can’t guarantee any of this will still appear exactly as described, or at all, when you go there):
- Definition of newspaper: “(obsolete) Defunct media form, no longer supported.” Also on that page, don’t miss the instructions “to add content to a historical newspaper.”
- 5 Return from La Brea Tar Pits: Breaking news story with hyperlocal focus.
- The sports schedule has a World of Warcraft category.
- Crime blotter for 5285 Pine Street (Madeline, Amanda, and Carolyn’s House): “Sunday March 23rd, 3:04 pm: Complainant reports dirty guacamole bowl loitering in sink since Suspect A’s Saturday night get-together.”
- Obituaries, DIY-style.
- International News: US Gives Rationale for War With Iran
Want to join the “staff” of the Los Wikiless Timespedia? just sign up as a Bunkwiki contributor and post/edit to your heart’s content!