Facebook: Hey, We’re a Great Tool for Journalists Too!: Tech News and Analysis « Does Facebook have a little Twitter envy? The smaller of the two social-media tools has become virtually synonymous with journalism — thanks in part to the fact that it is more of an information network than a social network, and to the example set by journalists such as the NPR’s Andy Carvin in how to use it for real-time reporting on events such as the recent revolutions in the Middle East. Now Facebook seems to be trying to reach out to the media industry by offering more resources for journalists, including a dedicated page that the giant social network launched Tuesday. The Facebook page says that it plans to become an ongoing resource for journalists who want to figure out the best ways to use the network, and will be highlighting “best practices” engaged in by a number of media outlets and reporters who use it well. The one thing that Facebook has going for it over Twitter, of course, is sheer reach.
Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. 2 preamble issues having read the comments on TC today: 1: I know that the prices of startup companies is much great in Silicon Valley than in smaller towns / less tech focused areas in the US and the US prices higher than many foreign markets. I acknowledged this in the article. You can be pissed off, but I don’t set prices. I’m just making the commentary. 2: As expected at least one person accused me of writing this post because I want to see lower valuations. That’s stupid.
“Community management in the newsroom” - The Guardian’s Laura Oliver at Hack/Hackers London I’ve said on many occasions that I am genuinely baffled how so many news organisations seem to think that they can grow an active community on their website, without investing in any community management. At the Guardian we have several people in a role called “community co-ordinator” who fulfill this remit. One of them, Laura Oliver, spoke at the last London Hacks/Hackers meet-up. She talked about some of the lessons she and her colleagues on the news desk, James Walsh and Hannah Waldram, have learnt from doing community management around the Arab Spring, a topic on which the paper has been relentlessly live blogging.
Journalism 2.0 Didn’t Kill Anyone, and Neither Did Old Media: Tech News and Analysis « Does the journalist who reported on a Quran burning by a right-wing pastor in Florida last month share some of the blame for the deaths of 24 people in Afghanistan in the wake of that event? And is the fact that they died some kind of indictment of the evolution of digital media, or “Journalism 2.0?” That’s the case being made by Forbes media writer Jeff Bercovici in a blog post published on the site Thursday, beneath a tabloid-style headline reading “When Journalism 2.0 Kills.” Groupon Is Overstating Revenue By 140%, Should Voluntarily Postpone IPO When a merchant sells something on a marketplace like eBay (EBAY), after a customer has paid for the item the merchant keeps a percentage of the sale, and eBay keeps a percentage of the sale. eBay counts its fee as its revenue for the transaction. It counts the aggregate value of the sale as a metric called gross merchandise value, or GMV. That's not how Groupon does it. As stated on page 1 of its S-1, and I'm sorry for missing this in Friday's article, Groupon is Effectively Insolvent: "Our revenue is the purchase price paid by the customer for the Groupon. Our gross profit is the amount of revenue we retain after paying an agreed upon percentage of the purchase price to the featured merchant."
Huxley Vs. Orwell: Infinite Distraction Or Government Oppression? Posted on August 24, 2010 in Images The Huxley vs Orwell comic is originally from Recombinant Records: Amusing Ourselves to Death, adapted from Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman. When I read this comic, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Brave New World: “It’s curious,” he went on after a little pause, “to read what people in the time of Our Ford used to write about scientific progress.
Craig Newmark: CraigConnects for journalism It’s hard not to be curious when the man some have vilified as mortally wounding the classifieds business in newspapers gets into the business of supporting journalism. Craig Newmark’s most recently announced project, CraigConnects, is, as best as I can tell, a way of funneling Newmark’s attention capital towards (mostly) nonprofit organizations. In the way Craigslist leveraged a simple, open system to bring together people looking for stuff with people looking to get rid of stuff, CraigConnects will play a similar role in supporting work in areas like technology, veterans issues, open government and community building. And something else called “journalism integrity.” Horn Group, Inc. > Blog This week I'm pleased to share a recent video interview from our Innovator Series with Tom Foremski, Editor of Silicon Valley Watcher. Horn Group Innovator Series - Tom Foremski, Editor of Silicon Valley Watcher from Horn Group on Vimeo. In this clip, Tom talks about how being a CMO is the toughest job in a company because everything is so fragmented. He also talks about how Silicon Valley has evolved into a media business and his thoughts on the social distribution of mass media.
MediaWatch: Thomson Reuters Bloggers Attack Business Insider Posted by Tom Foremski - September 26, 2011 (A photo from a Business Insider story.) This was interesting: Felix Salmon, the Thomson Reuters journalist blogger recently used his blog "Felix Salmon- A slice of lime in the soda" to attack Business Insider, the news site based in New York City and founded by Henry Blodget, a former Wall Street analyst (now barred). Mr Salmon didn't attack Business Insider personally but allowed Ryan McCarthy, a colleague to write this post: Business Insider, over-aggregation, and the mad grab for traffic. The article was in response to news that Business Insider had raised about $7 million. The 60 strong Business Insider reports that it has more than 12 million pageviews a month, a very strong showing.
New name, new mission: NPR Digital Services expands, hoping to help streamline local journalism The ouster of former CEO Vivian Schiller last month brought understandable fear that the technological advances NPR had made in recent years would slow if not outright stop. As we outlined here at the Lab, NPR pulled the innovation lever pretty hard during Schiller’s brief tenure, from the full redesign of NPR.org to the ongoing development of the NPR API to the organization’s ever-expanding efforts in social media. Those fears should be pushed aside (at least partially — there’s still that whole defunding cloud looming) by the recently announced expansion of NPR Digital Services. Previously known as Public Interactive, Digital Services is something like a mechanic to NPR’s network, the support behind the scenes who helps build and maintain the machinery to keep things running for member stations around the country. But with Digital Services’ new name comes a new mission: distributing to member stations the kind of innovation and user engagement that NPR has developed in recent years.
French media tweet and poke ban 6 June 2011Last updated at 18:36 In future, newsreaders will have to direct viewers to websites without naming them French TV and radio presenters have been banned from mentioning social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter on air. The country's broadcasting watchdog has ruled that doing so would break guidelines on advertising. Stations can still talk about services without naming them, it said. The French government is seen by many internet watchers as overly keen to regulate in relation to new media and the web.
Launch of Newspaper Extinction Timeline for every country in the world - Trends in the Living Networks Back in August I predicted that newspapers in their current form will be irrelevant in Australia in 2022. That received significant international attention including from The Australian, The Guardian, Editor & Publisher (which called me the ‘Wizard of Aussie’) and many others. Part of the point I wanted to make was that this date is different for every country. As such I have created a Newspaper Extinction Timeline that maps out the wide diversity in how quickly we can expect newspapers to remain significant around the world. What Impact Has The New York Times Paywall Had on Traffic? [STATS] The New York Times paywall has now been up for two weeks. What impact has it had on the popular website's traffic? More importantly, is the paywall working as intended or is it taking a bite out of The New York Times's revenues?
Apple Has Finally Stuck A Dagger Into SMS. I Love It. Now that the WWDC keynote is over and I’ve had a little bit of time to reflect, I’ve been thinking about what excited me the most from today’s announcements. The list is long, no doubt. But I think I’m going to have to go with something that surprised me — while at the same time making me look smarter than perhaps I really am. (Again, just perhaps.) iMessages. As one of the core new features highlighted today in iOS 5, iMessages has one purpose: to kill SMS. That is, traditional carrier-controlled text messages. iMessages will do this by replacing SMS with a service that Apple is in control of across all of their iOS devices.