Aggregation. In some ways, a threat to any media brand; In other ways, a huge opportunitiy. Let’s take a look at what it is, why it is, who it is. Don’t expect any of this to make sense. For our purposes, this is a simple definition of aggregation on the web: A system that collects… Continue reading Aggregation: The Portability of Content on the Web
Scott Karp comments on the new “technology headlines from around the web” content in the New York Times technology section: “The New York Times joins what I expect will be a rapidly expanding list of media brands that aim to create value for their readers by aggregating the best third-party content from across the web… Continue reading NY Times: Content Aggregator
Laurent Haug has a really interesting post that explains how to maintain an effective online existence with very little effort. What is fascinating is how easy it is to create a site with frequently updated niche-focused content, with a small amount of effort from a few people – none of whose primary focus is the… Continue reading The Ease of Aggregation: A Threat to Resource Heavy Publishers
Two interesting stories on how the ubiquity of information on the web is making it very challenging for traditional publishers to differentiate their content from the competition. 27/7 Wall Street comments on how Portfolio, the new magazine from Conde Nast, is having a hard time offering anything timely or unique on their website: “Why would… Continue reading The Ubiquity of Information Kills Paid Content
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?
Wired profiles Nicole Lapin, host of CNN.com Live Video, the network’s 24-hour online news service. On her role as a journalist: “As an anchor in this new medium, what I do is a combination of traditional reporting and pointing people to where they can find the story told best.” “What [citizen journalists] do can be… Continue reading Journalist as Aggregator
Scott Karp reports that many traditional media brands are adding aggregated third-party content to their sites, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time and CNN. Scott’s reasoning: “Linking to other media companies’ content used to be unthinkable for traditional media brands, but attitudes have changed after Google made $10 billion in advertising by… Continue reading WSJ, NYT, CNN, TIME Add Aggregation to their Websites
Scott Karp looks at two sides of a debate between two Web 2.0 gurus, regarding the value of bundling and aggregating content. Their examples focus on the idea of whether an “album” of music is a natural way to bundle songs, and Scott brings that discussion over to newspapers. His conclusion: “Disaggregation — taking apart… Continue reading The Disaggregation and Aggregation of News Media
So what are we losing in an age of personal media and search? In an age where aggregation and social networks threaten to replace the human editor? An experience last weekend made me ask myself this question: As search – a targeted way to find exactly what we are looking for – becomes more integrated… Continue reading Is ‘Search’ Killing Serendipity?
Michael Arrington looks at the new customizable homepage of NewsvVine.com, with the following prediction: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see the New York Times, USA Today and other sites allow users to create their own version of the newspaper, possibly even allowing outside RSS feeds in, in the next year or so. This builds intense… Continue reading Whose News Is It Anyway?