It seems that Facebook is leveraging the data that users share on its social network, in order to make a buck. As Jason Calacanis puts it: They are collecting and republishing user data on a level not before seen by users. They are allowing advertisers to use this data to reach these users. They are… Continue reading You, Your Data, and Facebook.
Daniel Eran Dilger posted a review of why Microsoft’s Zune music player has failed, and will continue to fail. In his piece, he had one nugget that speaks to the new relationship between producers and consumers: “Microsoft doesn’t seem to understand the engineering art of leaving things out. Instead of making tough choices, the company… Continue reading The Rise of Simplicity in Product Design and Customer Relationships
Patrick Goldstein of The Los Angeles Times looks at how dramatically the power has shifted from movie studios in the film industry: “Anyone with an Apple computer can make a movie now — it’s never been a more democratic medium. The studios should be very afraid. Once the independent financiers start going directly to writers,… Continue reading Movie Studios “Should be Very Afraid”
The MIT Technology Review has a great 7 minute video that explains Twitter and the appeal of microblogging. In it, they explain the two common arguments against blogging and micro-blogging formats like Twitter: Who do you think you are that anyone cares what you have to say. I don’t have anything to say, and even… Continue reading The Appeal of Twitter: Yes, Someone Cares About What You Have to Say
Jim Wayne speaks with the creators of “Not Just a Number,” an online crime map that connects Web 2.0 reporting tools, with deeper ways to tell a story, and help a community. “Not Just a Number goes well beyond merely pinning crime stats on a city grid. It holds a magnifying glass over each anonymous… Continue reading How Online Reporting Helps Support a Mourning Community
PaidContent reports on online ad growth for newspapers: “Newspaper websites saw ad spending rise 21.1 percent to $773 million in Q3 versus the same period last year, according to estimates from the Newspaper Association of America.” Here is the official release from Newspaper Association of America
Fortune looks at why Arianna Huffington may have created the model for what media companies of the future will look like: “Some pundits have criticized the site for not paying its blogging contributors, or at least have wondered if they will stick around if Huffington and her colleagues get rich on their work. The counterargument… Continue reading Is Arianna Huffington the Future for Media Companies?
Darren Rowse shares the services he uses to make money blogging: Google AdSense Chitika Amazon Associates Private Ad Sales/Sponsorships Text Link Ads Job Boards Miscellaneous Affiliate Programs Miscellaneous Advertising Programs It should be noted that he earns “well over six figures per year” with minimal costs.
Journalism professor Clyde Bentley offers up reasons why some traditional journalists don’t like the idea of anyone being allowed to add comments to their articles online: “[traditional journalists] were shocked at the lack of interest from the blog world when they wrote informative, well-crafted and traditional essays.” “Journalists are steeped in a culture of insecurity.… Continue reading Do Journalists Fear “Comments” on Their Writing?
Jeff Jarvis takes a look at the concept of “beat blogging,” whereby beat reporters embrace networked journalism: “So I like to think of this as turning reporting inside-out: Before, the reporter put himself at the center, because it was through him that reporting flowed to the press and public. Now there can be a network… Continue reading The Shifting Role of Journalists: From Center to Edge