links for 2010-02-09

  • "KTVU is out with its report on its ratings in January, and perhaps the biggest headline doesn't deal with TV viewership at all. Channel 2 reports that pageviews for Mobile have increased by more than 300% to 1.6 million in January compared to the same month last year."
  • Good list of tips. Especially with integrating different types of content beyond text, and taking it easy on apps & boxes.
  • "Bottom line for the long term: even if the judge sends the settlement back, and even if the parties agree to deadlines as short as the deadlines for this presumably ill-fated revision, there is no resolution in sight for the litigation. Whether the case is tried or the settlement discussions continue, the legal end point will not be the trial judgment or settlement approval issued by the district court judge. The end point will be the disposition of the final appeal from that district court judgment or approved settlement, and that disposition is years away.

    "It's hard to imagine what relevance the final legal disposition would have then, as public and private innovators are not sitting on their hands, waiting for the judge to sort this out."

  • "Power is not something limited to power-hungry individuals or organizations; it is part of every social interaction where people have the capacity to influence one another's states, which is really every moment of life. Claims that power is simply a product of male biology miss the degree to which women have obtained and wielded power in many social situations. In fact, studies I've conducted find that people grant power to women as readily as men, and in informal social hierarchies, women achieve similar levels of power as men.

    "So power is not something we should (or can) avoid, nor is it something that necessarily involves domination and submission. We are negotiating power every waking instant of our social lives (and in our dreams as well, Freud argued). When we seek equality, we are seeking an effective balance of power, not the absence of power. We use it to win consent and social cohesion, not just compliance. To be human is to be immersed in power dynamics."

  • "iPublic is for those who share a vision for digital democracy. Transparency, accountability and citizen engagement leads to better government. Today's public square is founded upon government-to-government and government-to-citizen information sharing, participation and collaboration.

    "At iPublic you will find, and are encouraged to contribute to, a free body of knowledge about policies, processes and technologies that help to achieve this vision."

links for 2010-02-08

  • "The stenography model of journalism must die. Many random people off the street will be able to paste together a "he said, she said" story. What the hyperliterate media marketplace needs are experts who can analyze, and advocate for, information in the public interest.

    "That demands journalists who have professional-level training and experience with the beats that they cover. It demands journalists who have the analytical skills, including training in statistics, to make sense of datasets and to find the stories buried within them. It will demand journalism schools to become significantly more selective in the students that they admit – choosing only those with the academic skills and performance to meet these new demands."

  • As many companies have done during the recession, Assurance Wireless is offering a free service to the unemployed, or underemployed, during a rough time in their lives with the hope that they'll stay customers when they get back on their feet financially.

    Nice, sure. But why does it cost double for more minutes when one of the parent company's prepaid plans is 10 cents a minute?

links for 2010-02-07

  • Dumb, dumb, dumb…. Looks like Jeremiah Owyang had good reason to jump ship from Forrester, if they're going to be so short-sighted.

    "Credible reports are coming into SageCircle that Forrester management has set a new policy that analysts with personally-branded research blogs must take the blog down or redirect readers to a Forrester-branded role-based blogs.

    "Forrester response: when we say “personal blogs” we are referring to personally-branded blogs where the analyst comments on issues related to their research coverage or technology markets. Examples include The Heretech (Tom Grant), Web Strategy by Jeremiah (Jeremiah Owyang), A Software Insiders Point of View (R “Ray” Wang) and Mobile Strategy by Julie Ask (Julie Ask)."

  • "Within 35 months the whole newspaper industry needs to move its emphasis from the static Web to the mobile Web. From 17-inch displays to 3-inch displays. From full keyboard and mouse to one-handed navigation. And you can’t really wait until the deal is done if you want to be a major player in technology. If Gartner’s prediction is accurate, newspapers really have just 18-24 months to position themselves as the leading news content provider for mobile platforms."

    See Clyde Bentley's timeline for how to meet this goal

  • "By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. According to Gartner's PC installed base forecast, the total number of PCs in use will reach 1.78 billion units in 2013. By 2013, the combined installed base of smartphones and browser-equipped enhanced phones will exceed 1.82 billion units and will be greater than the installed base for PCs thereafter.

    "Mobile Web users are typically prepared to make fewer clicks on a website than users accessing sites from a PC. Although a growing number of websites and Web-based applications offer support for small-form-factor mobile devices, many still do not. Websites not optimized for the smaller-screen formats will become a market barrier for their owners — much content and many sites will need to be reformatted/rebuilt."

links for 2010-02-05

  • "If you thought you had it good because your plan to buy a text messaging-oriented feature phone from AT&T (NYSE: T) didn’t include a mandatory data or text plan, you might want to rethink your options. Newly minted rumors indicate that AT&T will require some feature phones in its stable to sign up with requisite data and messaging plans. If that feature phone you’ve had your eye on is considered by AT&T to be a “Quick Messaging” phone, AT&T will slap an additional $20 onto your voice plan. The additional cost will give you unlimited data and 200 text or picture messages."

links for 2010-02-03

  • Excellent primer for anyone who wants to understand how to make a living doing journalism today. It's not just about stories anymore.

    "Notice the word I just used: "assets." To me, that's the word that should replace "stories" in your vocabulary as a journalist. Too many of the journalists I've seen try to make the transition to running their own blogs and websites remain mired in the "story" mindset, endlessly creating newspaper-style "stories" or even brief-length snippets for their blogs. But they fail to create assets of enduring value that ultimately provide the income that they need to remain viable businesses online.

  • "Leading up to Yahoo agreement, AP CEO Tom Curley said the cooperative was considering whether to separate its online content into different tiers so exclusive stories might cost more than breaking news reports widely available elsewhere on the Web. The Yahoo deal doesn't include such a tiering provision, according to a person familiar with the agreement, speaking on condition of anonymity because of a nondisclosure clause in the new contract.

    "…Yahoo also has formed a business bond with the U.S. newspapers that own the AP. More than 800 U.S. newspapers have joined forces with Yahoo to sell more advertising on their Web sites.By contrast, many publishers believe Google has profited unfairly from their newspapers by drawing upon snippets of their stories to attract more traffic to its dominant search engine so it can sell more of the ads that generate most of its income."

links for 2010-02-02

  • "If users weren't generally outraged over these changes, there probably wouldn't be a petition to sign nor would the FTC be receiving complaints about the matter.

    "Interestingly enough, it's worth noting that users aren't angry enough to actually abandon the social network – at least not in any significant numbers. They're just mad. That speaks greatly to how deeply entrenched Facebook has now become as a part of our everyday communication infrastructure. The company can essentially bait-and-switch its millions of users, promising a private place for online socialization, then turn around and open up its network to the Web at large, and they get away with it. Afterwards, the company gets to pat itself on the back that 35% of its users were smart enough to not fall for its tricks. Facebook, in our opinion this isn't something you should brag about. It's not a move worthy of praise."

  • Some of the cutesier badges on Fourquare are offending some users. How would you like to be labeled a douchebag simply because you visited a certain hotel, bar, or store?

links for 2010-02-01