News of the Week 3/6/08

More Americans Turning to Web for News
“Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe traditional journalism is out of touch, and nearly half are turning to the Internet to get their news, according to a new survey.”

Video: Twitter in Plain English
“We’ve received a number of requests from people who want their
friends to use the micro-blogging service Twitter, but can’t seem to explain it well. We hope this video helps.”

Geography, Social Media and Breakfast
“The next big thing is the integration of location-based information with social networking applications… Not only will you see what someone is doing online, but you will know where they are doing it. That might significantly change how you relate to people in the real world.”

Blogging Boosts Your Social Life: Research
“Blogging can help you feel less isolated, more connected to a community and more satisfied with your friendships, both online and face-to-face, new Australian research has found.”

Twittermeter: Measuring Buzz in the Twittersphere
“Over the past year, Twitter has become the consummate “buzz” platform. It is often the first place people go to talk about news or gossip, to the point where it has at times scooped major news organizations.”

35 Ways to Stream Your Life
“Lifestreaming apps generally fall into two categories: those that help you keep track of and display your own lifestream and those that help you keep track of your friend’s lifestreams (or both.)”

Media’s Rising Digital Acuity Puts Agencies at Risk
“The image of media companies as lumbering dinosaurs lingering toward extinction in a world of infinite content is downright wrong. They are more in sync with consumers than any other contingency in the marketing ecosystem. Their entire DNA is digital.”

What Writers’ Strike? Viewers Bail On Web Video
“Remember how the writers strike was forcing people to shut off their TVs and turn to their Web browsers? Think again: Nielsen says video viewership actually dropped 5% from December (6.2 billion streams) to January (5.9 billion).”

Death Threats, Intimidation, and Blogging
Jeff Atwood looks at two prominent bloggers who have shut down their blogs after receiving negative feedback from some people on the web. An interesting example of the distinction between writing on your own, and writing as part of a larger organization.

ABC Takes Big Plunge into Online Video
“ABC Television Group joins a growing number of TV studios, including CBS and Warner Bros., that have set up separate digital creative teams to produce the kind of instant-gratification videos that are popular online, especially among young viewers who can no longer be counted on to watch the networks’ prime-time shows.”

Online Scrabble Craze Leaves Game Sellers at Loss for Words
An interesting example of the intersection of traditional business models and social networks.