e.politics looks at the The Washington Post’s social media push: “…they seem to truly understand the the benefits that come from being a part of the broader internet conversation as well as the ability of user-generated content to build audience loyalty.”
Nick Carr looks beyong our current social software bubble to the reasons it may not last: “The crux of the problem is that, in most cases, social software is an extremely inefficient way for a person to get something done. The crowd may enjoy the product of other people’s inputs, but for the rather small… Continue reading The Problem with Social Software
Wired is running an interesting journalism experiment: “In an experiment in collaborative journalism, Wired News is putting reporter Ryan Singel at your service. This wiki began as an unedited 1,059 word article on the wiki phenomenon, exactly as Ryan filed it. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to do the job of… Continue reading Collaborative Journalism
Just a few interesting articles: There has been a ton of talk online about Google’s foray into Microsoft Office’s territory, with their “Google Apps for Your Domain” announcement. Chris Anderson has the most interesting theory about how this will affect the web. AdSense alternatives A rant about why RSS is not such a big deal… Continue reading Web News Roundup
Advertising Age reports on the growing importance of user-generated reviews: “Product reviews written by real people are perhaps the most underappreciated slice of the consumer-generated-media universe, the explosion of which has captivated the advertising and media worlds.” In related news, Fred Wilson introduced me to a few phrases that scare me: shopcasting and social commerce.… Continue reading Citizen Journalism – Consumer Style
An interesting piece in the Boston Globe got me thinking about some of those “most popular” story listings on sites like CNN.com and the dangers of social news sites. The Globe’s article looks at the oversaturation of John Mark Karr coverage on television news: “`It’s an embarrassment,” says Tobe Berkovitz, associate dean of Boston University’s… Continue reading News Sensationalism
The Washington Post profiles someone who submits stories to social news sites. These online hunters “neither reports nor writes the news, but he submits stories he finds interesting.” “This is a new field, in some ways, a new talent pool,” said Jason Calacanis, general manager at Netscape, a division of AOL. “They have a different… Continue reading The Anti-Journalist
Chris Pirillo has an interesting rant on how social bookmarking buttons for sites like del.iciou.us and digg are popping up on sites all over the web – many that he feels have false expectations. “Okay, I understand the need to make it easier for your visitors to bookmark sites on their favorite Web service(s), but… Continue reading False Expectations?
Jason Dowdell has some interesting commentary on why the website Digg.com will fail. Digg has become a lightning rod online, and many other sites are working on Digg-like functionality for their sites. Digg allows users to post links to articles, and then other users vote which stories should make it to the homepage. The more… Continue reading Why Some Social Networks Will Fail
There has been a lot of talk this week about YouTube’s deal to partner with advertisers and marketers. One pundit, muses on whether the YouTube community will embrace content that is far more produced and mainstream than its usual video content ranging from pet tricks to poor lip-syncs. I don’t fully agree with the idea… Continue reading User Generated Tumbleweeds?