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25 ways to use Facebook, Twitter & Storify to improve political coverage 25 ways to use Facebook, Twitter & Storify to improve political coverage Social media has become a powerful tool for journalists covering elections. It’s given journalists a way to see how politicians and campaign staffers are interacting with voters and sharing news. And it’s helped them find local voters and get a better sense of what their audience wants in election coverage. As the Republican primary season intensifies, here are 25 tips on how journalists can use Facebook, Twitter, Storify, Google, LinkedIn and other tools to improve coverage leading up to — and on — Election Day. Facebook See how politicians are targeting local voters.
Creditor Moves to Dismantle Copyright Troll Righthaven | Threat Level Marc Randazza The financial woes of Las Vegas-based copyright trolling firm Righthaven worsened Saturday when one of the defendants it unsuccessfully sued for infringement asked a judge to allow seizure of the firm’s assets — with the help of the U.S. Marshals, if necessary. The legal filing dropped moments after the Friday deadline expired for the litigation factory to pay defendant Wayne Hoehn $34,000 in legal fees. Creditor Moves to Dismantle Copyright Troll Righthaven | Threat Level
News developers worried about new cost to use Google Maps
10 common video storytelling mistakes (and how to avoid them) Five years after Youtube’s birth there’s probably not a newsroom in the land that isn’t trying to do video journalism in some way or another. I say ‘trying’ because, as you’ll probably have seen, the vast amount of online video produced just doesn’t cut it. It’s long, boring, technically poor – and amateurish. 10 common video storytelling mistakes (and how to avoid them)
Limited use of sharing buttons shows people’s desire to share links privately Despite the social sharing buttons ubiquitous on news stories and other Web pages, the dominant method of sharing is still the old-fashioned copy-and-paste of a page URL. AddThis, which provides sharing tools embedded on 10 million websites, says between 70 and 95 percent of all link-sharing occurs by copying and pasting a URL, not by clicking a button on the page. In some cases this has the same effect, if someone copies and pastes a URL into Twitter instead of clicking the embedded tweet button. Limited use of sharing buttons shows people’s desire to share links privately
This Sunday: Tweeting the Issue This Sunday: Tweeting the Issue Like some people, I have misgivings about Twitter. Not a philosophical quarrel. It’s more that I’m just not very good at tweeting. Mostly, I do it to promote the magazine’s articles, but sometimes that feels too self-serving, and I impulsively tweet something that momentarily strikes me as witty and/or meaningful. That never goes well.
There was a great story in The Onion a few weeks back, right after Steve Jobs announced that he was stepping down as CEO of Apple. The headline read, “New Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘I’m thinking printers’” Not that there’s anything wrong with printers, mind you. Let’s take news apps out of the newsroom and create products instead of content Let’s take news apps out of the newsroom and create products instead of content
Meet the journalist behind Tumblr's rise By Alex Kantrowitz, contributor FORTUNE -- Mark Coatney is Tumblr's secret weapon. The former Newsweek editor moved to Tumblr in July 2010 and assumed the role of Media Evangelist. His mission? Meet the journalist behind Tumblr's rise
Tablet owners tend to consume a greater variety and volume of news on their devices, and tablets' visual, interactive features encourage in-depth exploration, according to a joint study from Starcom MediaVest and the online division of the BBC. Seventy-eight percent of respondents said that they read more news stories and follow a greater variety of news topics. More than three-fourths said that tablets make the overall news experience more enjoyable, and more than a third said they spend more hours per day with media because of their tablets. The findings were derived from six informal, in-depth interviews and a 1,100-person survey of people in the U.S. ages 15 to 54, 88% of whom were already in possession of a tablet. Tablets Drive Deeper News Consumption [STUDY] Tablets Drive Deeper News Consumption [STUDY]
Night owls read news on tablets, as mobile overtakes computer for at-home browsing comScore A new report from comScore shows nearly three out of five tablet owners (58 percent) consume news on their tablets at least occasionally. Twenty-two percent do so almost daily. The report also breaks down the times of day people are most active on different devices. The patterns largely confirm conventional wisdom, but the illustration is helpful nonetheless. Smartphone and tablet browsing spike early, about 8 a.m., as people awaken. Night owls read news on tablets, as mobile overtakes computer for at-home browsing
iPad’s dominance of tablet usage, even 1.5 years later, is astounding iPad’s dominance of tablet usage, even 1.5 years later, is astounding How many dozens of Android tablets have been announced? Plus the BlackBerry PlayBook and HP’s TouchPad? And yet, among tablets, Apple’s iPad represented 97.2% of U.S. tablet web traffic in August, according to comScore. That is incredible dominance, given that it’s already been 1.5 years since the iPad went on sale. That said, it’s still early.
Paul Berry: HuffPost for Facebook -- The Future of Social News HuffPost has a long history of deep and innovative integration with Facebook. In 2009 we launched HuffPost Social News, which let Facebook users who are HuffPost fans share more easily with each other and follow their friends' activity across the site. At the beginning of this year we challenged ourselves to build the next generation of this integration.
Twitter has finally laid its hands on trademark rights to the word “tweet,” but the case provides yet another lesson in why companies have to nail down intellectual property rights early on. A Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) report says the micro-blogging service has finally come to an agreement with an advertising minnow, Twittad, that will clear the way for it to obtain “tweet.” In 2008, Twittad obtained trademark rights to “Let Your Ad Meet Tweets,” a development that led the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to refuse Twitter’s repeated attempts to trademark “tweet.” Twitter last month sued Twittad in California federal court, accusing the smaller company of unfairly interfering with Twitter’s attempt to own the mark. The two parties are subject to a confidentiality agreement that prevents them from disclosing whether cash changed hands, according to the Journal report. Twitter Avoids ‘Tweet’ Defeat, Gets Trademark
The five "breakpoint" widths adopted by the Boston Globe responsive web design. #sndstl
When Tim Berners-Lee arrived at CERN, Geneva's celebrated European Particle Physics Laboratory in 1980, the enterprise had hired him to upgrade the control systems for several of the lab's particle accelerators. But almost immediately, the inventor of the modern webpage noticed a problem: thousands of people were floating in and out of the famous research institute, many of them temporary hires. "The big challenge for contract programmers was to try to understand the systems, both human and computer, that ran this fantastic playground," Berners-Lee later wrote. "Much of the crucial information existed only in people's heads." So in his spare time, he wrote up some software to address this shortfall: a little program he named Enquire. Before Netscape: the forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s