links for 2010-02-12

  • "This is the key issue. When analysts have their own blogs with dedicated followings, their discussion of the research with which they’re involved can reach people the official Forrester blogs won’t reach. (If you think that’s not true, go back and read Dana’s comment again.) And if keeping the IP on the Forrester site is so all-fired important, why share it with the likes of me so I can report the same IP on my blog and podcast?"

    "Other companies with bloggers don’t compare because, Bernoff argues, their products aren’t about IP. I would argue that Microsoft and IBM are entirely about IP. Both companies encourage their employees to blog wherever they like. The companies link to those blogs on a page that links to all of the company’s bloggers. (Here are links to Microsoft’s and IBM’s employee blog directories.)"

  • Not a bad way to make a buck

    "The company – Afilias – already owns ".info" and had been running ".mobi" and others under contract. Now by owning ".mobi" outright, Afilias gets an undisclosed annual fee for each of the nearly 1 million ".mobi" names registered."

  • Now THIS is the right kind of attitude news orgs should have to social media! Washington Post, please note: Restricting or prohibiting social media use by journos is not only hypocritcal for any institution rooted in free speech. It's also bad for the news business.

    "BBC news journalists have been told to use social media as a primary source of information by Peter Horrocks, the new director of BBC Global News who took over last week. He said it was important for editorial staff to make better use of social media and become more collaborative in producing stories."

    "This isn't just a kind of fad from someone who's an enthusiast of technology. I'm afraid you're not doing your job if you can't do those things. It's not discretionary", he is quoted as saying in the BBC in-house weekly Ariel.

  • Methinks that for all their complaining and bellicose attempts to bully, AP is realizing that even they need to be as findable as possible or they got nothin'

    "New articles from the Associated Press have quietly started rolling out on Google’s news site in the past hour, ending a nearly seven-week absence stemming from contentious negotiations between the two parties.

    "…A Google spokesman issued the following statement: “We have a licensing agreement with the Associated Press that permits us to host its content on Google properties such as Google News. The licensing agreement is the subject of ongoing discussion so we won’t be commenting further at this time.”

    “We have nothing to add to Google’s statement,” an AP spokesman said.

    Uh, yeah. Really, did you expect AP to say "Ooops, we didn't realize we aren't really in charge anymore?"

  • Smart move from Salon to make their content accessible in more than one way.

    "All Salon presents all of our stories in chronological order, much like a blog. We're fortunate to have a lot of readers who simply want to read what we publish, and this makes it extremely easy to dive in. The page also includes lists of the latest wire stories (more on that below), the most popular Salon stories, and recent editor's picks from the Open Salon blogging community, making it a robust landing page."

  • MNG explains how pay wall will work: "The sites will place content outside the pay wall if it's necessary to remain competitive with other news outlets, Saltz said. Breaking news and multimedia fall into that category. And all of the new types of content that Saltz referred to (more on that below) will be free. MediaNews has established some guidelines on what will be free and what will be premium content, but many decisions will fall to editors and producers. "If someone robbed a bank, that's in front of the wall," Saltz said. "The story of how bank robberies increase when the economy goes bad, behind the wall."

    ME: Ok, cool go for it MNG! You're just clearly laying out how niche and local news venues will be able to steal your local audience. I don't think people will pay for analysis and investigation in story form. As a service or interactive/customizeable tool? Maybe. But for stories? No, sorry, news stories are a commodity product.

  • "Google's new social media service Google Buzz will show up in your Gmail account this week. Here's how to customize and use Buzz–or opt out of its inbox-cluttering updates completely."
  • So apparently I have a channel. Haven't used it yet, but it might be worth a try. Seems to be a more usable alternative to Ustream, plus it integrates FB & Twitter.

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