Overview of mobile web design considerations for the major smartphone platforms, part 2
Overview of mobile web design considerations for the major smartphone platforms, part 1
"The first two errors that we helped get corrected were (1) a listing in the East Bay Express that provided the wrong location for a theater event; and (2) a reference in a TechCrunch story to the wrong police department. In both of these cases, the problem had already been reported to the media outlets in question — in their own comments.
"Neither error was earth-shattering, but neither was as trivial as, say, a simple typographical error. Yet the comments reporting the mistakes had sat on these websites for days (in one of the cases, over a week) without either a response or a correction."
"PEJ's question: “What role do new media, blogs and specialty news sites now play?” — purports to include blogs. But it includes only a narrowly defined segment of blogs. The answer to “who reported new information” in part is advocacy blogs (or if it’s not, we don’t know, because Pew excluded them from the study).
"This decision reveals researchers studying the ecosystem the way they wish it was or the way they think it is, not the way it is. Rosenstiel and the Pew researchers took their snapshot of the news ecosystem through the lens of old media, deliberately cropping out key participants. Bluntly, they don’t understand new media well enough to study it credibly."
And that content includes…the AP’s. “If the AP wants to sell content through our system and distribute it to their subscribers,” Sholin said, “that seems like a win for everybody. So we’d welcome that.”
"investment in infrastructure has continued despite the recession, but as a percentage of overall revenue, carriers spent 6% less on upgrades in 2008 since 2005 – we can only assume the trend has continued two years later."
"This week Facebook launched 0.facebook.com, where they worked out deals with 50 mobile operators in 45 countries to either zero-rate data costs coming to that URL, or paying that data cost themselves. This means that anyone, even those with no airtime on their mobile phone, can still take part in Facebook.
"…What has happened is that Facebook, even with all of their problems and questionable ethical moves on privacy issues, still have a great strategist with a global perspective in their midst. What they have realized is that the only way to increase penetration in the developing world is to cover the data costs for their users (or, if lucky, snooker a mobile operator into not charging them for it)."
Really, THIS is what matters here? Would the WP ever devote more than a passing mention of a "plain, dowdy" appearance or feel entitled to explore the sexual orientation of a male judicial nominee?
This is the worst of journalism: Sexist, prurient, prejudicial (quite literally, and pun included), and pandering.
"For people living paycheck to paycheck and sometimes falling behind with rent, car payments, and grocery bills, fringe financing and the ubiquitous Rent-A-Centers, Jackson Hewitt, payday lenders, pawnshops, and check cashers—may seem like their only safety net. These businesses may tout themselves as a necessary service and force for economic development in low-income communities, but Rivlin reveals their dark underbelly: punishing rates of interest and customer service reps explicitly trained to mislead customers who appear gullible. He delves into the effect of financial deregulation on fringe financing, predatory subprime lending, and the major players in this unsavory world, including Allan Jones, a debt collector, worth $200 million, and the activists and advocates like Bill Brennan who've faced them down in the courts. A timely, important, and deeply disturbing look at the cycle of debt of the nation's most vulnerable. (June)"
“That idea that you want to be informed about what’s around you is the fundamental principle that Foursquare is operating on,” Zach Seward, the WSJ’s outreach editor, told the Nieman Lab, which has a great write-up on the Journal’s efforts here."
Last week, for example, a single checkin on Foursquare by The Wall Street Journal pushed notifications to approximately 2,600 phones during the Times Square evacuation scare. Clearly, Foursquare can no longer be considered just a game.
"With all the recent hype, journalists and media companies are itching to find their own ways to use location-sharing apps to bolster their trade. You can get started with the following seven tips, then share your own ideas in the comments."
* Find sources and tips in specific locations during breaking news
* Distribute content or information about specific locations where people are
* Establish new connections between the audience and your news team
Yes, you can use Twitter to find sources during breaking news, but Foursquare provides another option. And it offers a new angle, as well. On Foursquare, the person who has checked in to a location most often is given the title of “mayor” and is likely to be an expert. So, for example, when the Staten Island Ferry crashes into a dock, you might want to interview the “mayor.”
"Social media has opened up new worlds in philanthropy. In this audio lecture, nonprofit consultant Beth Kanter shares with a class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business specific tips and techniques for using technology such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and Flickr to support fundraising campaigns. She draws specifically on her work to raise money to send children in Cambodian orphanages to school as a case example. Learn about concepts such as “re-tweeting” and “learning loops” to enhance your own philanthropy efforts."
"It is primarily directed at creators, maintainers and operators of Web sites. Readers of this document are expected to be familiar with the creation of Web sites, and to have a general familiarity with the technologies involved, such as Web servers and HTTP. Readers are not expected to have a background in mobile-specific technologies."
"To be sure, the tech-focused, early-adopter crowd reading SAI is probably highly overindexing for iPad ownership. And our wealthy finance-type readership on Business Insider's other verticals. Still, it's pretty surprising.
"For comparison, the iPhone is 5% of our visits over the past month, and 6.4% this past weekend. Windows still dominates our visitors, at 70%. Mac is 20%."
"I love the iPad, but even I was surprised when I saw this. The stats are for the last 30 days — and again, the iPad hasn’t even been out that entire time. Here’s a percentage breakdown of which OS visitors to TechCrunch have been using in the past 30 days:
1. Windows – 59.68%
2. Mac – 27.78%
3. iPhone – 5%
4. Linux – 3.72%
5. iPad – 1.18%
6. Android – 0.99%
7. iPod – 0.67%
8. (not set) – 0.54%
9. BlackBerry – 0.28%
10. SymbianOS – 0.07%
"All the iPhone OS devices put together account for 6.85% of all TechCrunch readership in the past 30 days. That’s more than Linux, Android, BlackBerry, and Symbian combined."
This includes most human visits to all Tumblr-hosted blogs, not the tumblr.com site itself, to best represent “average” people online who happen to come across Tumblr-hosted sites, not just Tumblr members. Granted, this still isn’t perfect, but it’s probably the biggest and least biased sample that we’ll be able to find in the indie-Mac-pundit world."
"The most surprising part of this, to me, is how well the Macintosh is faring against Windows. But in the mobile space, Android is actually doing quite well, given its tiny installed base relative to iPhone OS."
"The iPad is putting up an especially impressive performance given that it’s only available in the U.S. so far, has only been on sale for 6 weeks, costs at least $500, isn’t subsidized, isn’t always in your pocket, and isn’t being given away in two-for-$99 sales by the largest cellular provider in the country."
"I believe we will potentially see innovation in compression technologies and the efficient delivery of content. Companies like Speedbit and Strangeloop Networks are very well positioned to offer these kinds of tools that publishers need to deliver the right experiences to end-users no matter what device they are carrying."
"Has anyone else noticed that the Associated Press has been doing some strong fact-checking work lately, aggressively debunking all kinds of nonsense, in an authoritative way, without any of the usual he-said-she-said crap that often mars political reporting?
"I asked AP Washington Bureau Chief Ron Fournier about this, and he told me something fascinating, if not all together unexpected: Their fact-checking efforts are almost uniformly the most clicked and most linked pieces they produce."