"Are you on Twitter?
"The hosts on C-Span have taken to asking the guests on their various shows some form of that question, and it turns out the answers are highly illuminating. This montage of them has been floating around since last week, and it reveals the stunning — if not exactly surprising — ignorance and incuriosity of the Beltway media elite."
Joshua Schacter, creator of Delicious (Which Yahoo bought and now is allowing to languish) complains about what happens when a cool project gets bought by a big company in trouble:
"The problem is that the number of cool projects is pretty minimal. They're in duck and cover mode. They'll get pushed to trim employees further and further to stretch the revenues out. I wish I had not sold it to them. The cash and freedom do not even come close; I would rather work on a big, popular product."
Everyblock's own announcement of the deal
"MSNBC.com president Charles Tillinghast tells us that EveryBlock feeds will be added to the local news section of MSNBC.com â€œprobably in the next few months.â€
"…The future of the code: EveryBlockâ€™s platform is open source, meaning it can potentially be replicated by competing sites. But Holovaty and Tillinghast say that others will only have access to the code as it existed on June 30â€”when it was initially releasedâ€”meaning MSNBC.com will likely have an edge over any competitors. â€œWhat happens after that weâ€™re not obligated to make that open source,â€ Holovaty says, adding that so far only a handful of sites have actually adopted the code."
"To be fair, Jarvis and CUNY are presenting the models for discussion and to show how an alternative, semi-distributed local news organization might emerge that can pay for itself. The numbers are wrong, but that hardly matters. They are a starting point for a reconception of how local news can be organized.
â€œArenâ€™t you reinventing the wheel?â€ Kinsley asked him. â€œI think it needs some reinvention,â€ responded Jarvis. â€œWe wanted to see if there is a vision for the future of journalism.â€
"When Jarvis was asked who the dominant species would be in this new ecosystem, he answered: â€œNo one owns the whole thing anymore. No one can afford to own it anymore. So the key thing is how do you take part in the network.â€ His numbers might be way off, but at least he is trying to rethink the news."