links for 2010-01-06

  • On the evolution of a Twitter user: "Like many newbies on Twitter, I vastly overestimated the importance of broadcasting on Twitter and after a while, I realized that I was not Moses and neither Twitter nor its users were wondering what I thought. Nearly a year in, I’ve come to understand that the real value of the service is listening to a wired collective voice.

    "Not that long ago, I was at a conference at Yale and looked at the sea of open laptops in the seats in front of me. So why wasn’t my laptop open? Because I follow people on Twitter who serve as my Web-crawling proxies, each of them tweeting links that I could examine and read on a Blackberry. Regardless of where I am, I surf far less than I used to."

  • Hmmmm, seems like Seesmic is trying to become for social media what Adium is for instant messaging…

    "Your friends are not all in one social network, but we want to help you stay in touch with them anytime and from any device. That is Seesmic's vision and to deliver this faster, we have acquired Ping.fm. You can now update 50 social networks using Seesmic+Ping.fm from email, chat, sms, Blackberry, Android, web, Windows, OSX and much more soon."

  • "One reason seekers of news are abandoning print newspapers for the Internet has nothing directly to do with technology. It’s that newspaper articles are too long. On the Internet, news articles get to the point. Newspaper writing, by contrast, is encrusted with conventions that don’t add to your understanding of the news.

    "…In the financial crisis, NYT & other papers seem to have given reporters more leeway to express their opinions directly. Editors may have realized these issues are hard enough to explain w/o running into roadblocks at every turn labeled Warning: Opinion Territory Ahead. But old wordy conventions survive. Quotes from strangers restating the reporter’s opinion. Adding protective qualifiers to statements abt which there is no real doubt (as in: bonus restrictions “may have” backfired). Also, a headline “Windfall Seen as Bonuses Are Paid in Stock” attributes the article’s conclusion to unnamed others. Somebody sees a windfall. We’re just telling you about it."

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