A large number of articles I read online seem to involve two topics: Rupert Murdoch’s attempt to buy Dow Jones, parent of the Wall Street Journal. Google buying everything else. It is interesting that the web has empowered any individual to have their voice heard, and given opportunity to so many entrepreneurs, yet a handful… Continue reading Who Will Own the Internet?
Once the buzz of doing everything “user-generated” wears off, will people start realizing that true quality content, often comes from experts? Heinz seems to be finding this out as they try to wrap up a content where they ask consumers to create their next ad: “But these companies have found that inviting consumers to create… Continue reading User-Generated Mediocrity?
Om Malik reports on the evolution of user-generated content: “YouTube is going to start helping some of its indie video content creators make money, starting tomorrow. The company will launch a program that puts the creators of some of the more popular YouTube channels… on the same playing field as large media partners like CBS…… Continue reading User-Generated Content Takes That Next Huge Step: Payment
Fred Wilson illustrates the loss of control that large media companies are experiencing. In his example, he uses the upcoming release of a song from one of his favorite bands, the Arctic Monkeys. An overview of his example: Someone, somewhere got a hold of an unreleased song from the album, and blogged about it, posting… Continue reading Opportunity: Media Companies Losing Control of Their Content
USA Today is reporting more traffic and engagement to their recently relaunched website, which has a strong focus on network journalism and user-generated content. The results so far: Unique visitors to the site were up 21% from the previous month. 380% increase in registrations. Readers are spending more time per visit on the site. Nearly… Continue reading USA Today Signals The End of One-Way Media
A recent survey of media and entertainment executives indicates that they see “the growing ability and eagerness of individuals to create their own content as one of the biggest threats to their business.” “This is just the beginning for a rapidly changing landscape where the media content environment grows more fractious and the user gains… Continue reading I, User. Why Media Execs Are Concerned.
Wired is diving into citizen journalism and crowdsourcing once again. A new project called Assignment Zero offers: “…any willing contributor the chance to do the work of a reporter, writer, researcher or editor in a joint investigation by Wired and NewAssignment.Net. When Assignment Zero ends, NewAssignment.Net will publish the results — articles, interviews and assorted… Continue reading Where Anyone Can Be a Reporter, Writer, Researcher or Editor
As user-generated media becomes a prime force in the cultural and business worlds, Time asks ‘how much work will people will do for free?’ The power of volunteer-generated media has hit some important milestones: “Argue about its inaccuracies all you want, but the volunteer-authored online encyclopedia is on its way to becoming (if it isn’t… Continue reading Working for Free: User-Generated Media
The Associated Press just struck a deal with NowPublic.com “designed to bring citizen content into AP newsgathering, and to explore ways to involve NowPublic’s on-the-ground network of news contributors in AP’s breaking news coverage.” “The goal of the effort is to expand the world’s access to news as it happens, the companies said.”
Yahoo! has released Pipes, which lets you “remix feeds and create new data mashups in a visual programming environment.” Tim O’Reilly describes Pipes this way: “They allow developers to use two websites in a way that their creators didn’t quite intend, which extends them and makes them more useful. But mashups have generally been limited… Continue reading The Internet as LEGO’s. Yahoo! Launches Pipes