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With all the hullabaloo over content farms, Google, and whether Huffington Post really is a content farm , as of late, two contrary perspectives struck me last week. First, I attended Robert Picard's talk on media business models, as mentioned here . What I didn't mention was some points he also raised the last time I heard him on this issue: "Media is also in trouble today because they produce very little original content, most of what they publish is just edited content from the wire services. Most newspapers only produce about 20 per cent of their content themseleves. The rest stems from photo- or wire agencies or is copied from other newspapers," he said.
Graeme’s You can get new post notifications through RSS, email, Twitter or Facebook Posted by Graeme in Internet , Media at 2:37 pm on Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Following on from our previous article about the Huffington Post valuation and why, to believe it, you had to believe "6 impossible things before breakfast" I thought it might interest a few people if we went into what those impossible things are. In essence, from the previous article, you have to believe some totally amazing growth statistics for HuffPo to believe it is worth the money paid for it. These are unlikely as: (i) The model says you need to grow at c 50% PA to break even on a 10% (ie low) cost of capital, and that was assuming a very generous Year 1 post merger $100m turnover and 20% margin.
What if it's that endless routine of trying to create some sort of order out chaos, minute by minute, day by day, that's to blame for the media's challenges in coping with change? I've been listening to Robert Picard , currently director of research at the Reuters Institute, again. He was in Oslo today giving a talk on Business Models and why the media is having a hard time grappling with change.
I recently returned from spending a couple of hours with IABC ’s staff talking about content curation as a new skill and responsibility of communications professionals. I tweeted that I was headed to San Francisco for the lunchtime meeting, prompting a reply from Web consultant Ramsey Mosen asking my view of the ideal balance between curated and original content. It’ll come as no surprise to regular readers that I replied, “It depends,” which is both accurate and a cop-out. On what does it depend?
Essay Discussion of the political impact of social media has focused on the power of mass protests to topple governments. In fact, social media's real potential lies in supporting civil society and the public sphere -- which will produce change over years and decades, not weeks or months. AN ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE Malcolm Gladwell
The Clip Report: An eBook on the Future of Media In the early 1990s when I began my career in PR there were clip reports. These were physical books that contained press clips.
In media, we are moving from a content economy to a link economy. The AP Affair is the best illustration of the clash between these two worldviews. Let’s turn the discussion on its head. Let’s say that the real value in this equation is not content and information — both of which are now quickly commodified — but links, which are the new currency of media. Links can be exploited and monetized; get links and you can grab audience and show ads and make money.
Posted by Tom Foremski - February 9, 2011 The second largest privately held web site next to the Huffington Post is San Francisco based HubPages where "Hubbers" publish articles on a wide variety of topics and get paid through Google AdSense. Some of the more popular Hubbers can earn more than a thousand dollars a month and they own their own content -- a different model from Demand Media, which commissions articles from more than 17,000 writers.
February 15, 2011 | 4 Comments Life is good for the traveller who knows where they are going. There are dozens of great and useful sites online where you can see everything from reviews of hotels to side by side comparisons of airfares from one destination to another. Planning a trip to San Francisco was never so easy … but what if you haven't answered the first and most important question of where you want to go? All of a sudden, life is a lot more difficult. Finding out about destinations is a labrynth of government sponsored tourism sites, linkbaiting sites promising information about a destination but only delivering a long list of pay-per-click links, and individual attractions within a destination.
Edda Media var i helgen representert på The Guardians store SXSW-datahack i London . Christoph Schmitz fra Østlendingen og Erik Modal fra Drammens Tidende deltok sammen med nesten 120 nettutviklerne, digitaljournalistene og nettdesignere fra flere europeiske land. Opplegget med datahacket var å samle noen av de beste datahodene i Europa for å se hva som var mulig å lage i løpet av cirka 30 timer. I løpet av disse timene klarte over 80 utviklere å levere nesten 30 prosjekter, noen av dem nesten gryteferdige.
Is the future all about personalization? As Mashable reported , The Washington Post announced it is to launch Trove , an aggregator news site which enables users to get personalized news streams based on their personal choice and interests. The site is currently in private beta and is expected to be launched in March, the article said.
Over the past few weeks some high-profile web personalities have vented their wrath at Google ( GOOG ) for what they claim were extremely spammy search results, particularly related to research on anything that can be purchased. For the most part, I agreed with them. Like Paul Kedrosky, I had thrown up my hands and paid to get access to Consumer Reports when I needed to research a washer-dryer combo after finding the top pages and results in Google and other search engines awash in content that provided no insights. I also started using Blekko , Rich Skrenta's upstart search engine for some topics that I knew would be spammed out on the mainstream search engines.
Source : NY Public Library Digital Gallery. “Curation” and “curator” are the new buzzwords the dying dinosaurs of oldthink print publishing are clinging to just like overboarded Titanic passengers clung to skimpy lifebuoys in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. It’s their last gasp at trying to remain alive — and relevant. I got news for you kids: Ain’t gonna happen.