Fortune takes a sober look at the future of newspapers, with a focus on the Washington Post: “Newspapers remain important institutions, providing a valuable public service, but their business model is slowly, or maybe not so slowly, going away.” “[Chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Co. Donald E. Graham] has made the paper’s digital… Continue reading “A Long and Painful Transition from Print”
Scott Karp asks: Should Newspapers Become Local Blog Networks? “What’s becoming clear is that blogs are now the organizing principle for newspapers’ original online content. And these are “real” blogs, i.e. driven by one or two individual bloggers, with (often active) comments, RSS feeds, the whole nine yards.” “…maybe what newspapers should become in the… Continue reading Are Blog Networks the Future of Newspapers?
Nick Bradbury has a short but interesting post on how to deal with the glut of information that is burying us all, especially users of RSS feed readers. For a B2B media company, it is especially interesting: “In my case, part of my “feed weeding” involves getting rid of a bunch of single-topic feeds, then… Continue reading Are Single Topic Editors the Answer to Information Overload?
Jeremiah Owyang offers two interesting posts this week: Breakdown of content types on the top 10 most popular blogs. Breakdown of content types on the top tech-blogs with a single author.
The New York Times gives a good overview of the ways mobile carriers are restricting customers, holding back innovation for mobile phones, and some of the initiatives now underway to “free” us. “[Mobile providers] do everything they can to keep power firmly in their own hands. It is entirely at the carriers’ discretion to permit,… Continue reading Freeing Our Mobile Phones
Jeremy Liew looks at the top social networks for engagement: “Its interesting to see that Orkut, generally thought of as a Brazilian and Indian focused site, has more pageviews per user per month from US users than even MySpace and Facebook. Myspace continues to dominate Facebook on all three key metrics, suggesting that reports of… Continue reading The Most Engaging Social Networks
Pew reports on the adoption rate of online video: “57% of internet users have watched videos online and most of them share what they find with others.” This certainly speaks to the growth of broadband connections, but I do wonder what percentage of those watched videos were of cats doing cute things. My guess is… Continue reading 57% of Internet Users Have Watched Videos Online
Business.com has been sold for $350 million. They have an interesting back-story as a B2B entity: “The site was a laughing stock of the industry at one point, when Jake Winebaum and Sky Dayton plunked down $7.5 million on a single Internet domain name back in 1999, making it one of the biggest ever. The… Continue reading Business.com Sold for $350 Million
As competition for the hearts of web users heats up, MySpace is looking to become something more than an aggregator and social network, but a content producer, and conduit for others to do so: “MySpace had a great deal of success with their short form webisode, “Prom Queen”. The heavily hyped ode to teenage drama… Continue reading MySpace Looks for More Original Content
Wired’s experiment with pro-am journalism, Assignment Zero, has come to an end. They share some lessons. “Although Assignment Zero produced a strong body of work, consisting of seven original essays and some 80 Q&As, the real value of the exercise was discovery. We learned a lot about how crowds come together, and what’s required to… Continue reading Pro-Am Journalism Experiment Learns Hard Lessons