September 2008 Archives
September 28, 2008
September 25, 2008
And, in fact, it's not just a Thursday tune, it's a Thursday Tuttle tune, as it was written on one of the Friday morning meetings of the Social Media Cafe in London.
September 24, 2008
- Guido Fawkes posts where his readers come from. If you think blog are only read by fringe freaks, think again...
- ReadWriteWeb dives into the Technorati State of the Blogosphere data with some serious analysis
- The debate over working styles on the national newspapers continues. Wouldn't you love to have Roy Greenslade's inbox?
- Jeff Jarvis is looking for the most commonly-raised objections to fully embracing the web.
- This is what good link journalism looks like.
- And is the whole "Digital Native" idea a massive distraction - or a terrible excuse?
That's exciting, because of the possibilities for in-the-field journalism it opens up. This should be an exciting time for journalists. Our ability to get to news, record it and share it with the world is higher than it's ever been. So why are there do few people like Karl? Why do so many journalists regard the whole business as something to be challenged, ignored or even soundly mocked?
Better yet, it's based on ecto, long my favourite Mac blogging software.
But is it any good? Well, this post is coming together pretty well. Impossible to add links in any useful way, of course. But this will be great for quick, newsy posts.
September 23, 2008
A couple of interesting things I've noted:
- Only about 1.1m blogs are updated in the last week. Now, obviously there's a large hinterland of abandoned blogs in the rest. Frequency seems to be the exception rather than the rule in the whole of the blogsphere these days.
- The majority of bloggers do NOT live near the largest metropolitan areas - OK, it's a US finding, but I'm pleased to see that blogging is not a purely urban phenomenon.
- And I think this graph could be very significant for what I do:
Oooh, day 2 went up while I was writing this post.
Collaboration Techniques that Really Work
Horribly early in the morning, but I'm interested to plunder this session for ways of improving the inforamtion flow within teams of journalists.
Better Media plumbing for the Social Web
Really looking forward to this one. Blogs are still, at best, web 1.5, and publishing companies all too easily shove them back to being Web 1.0. Some ideas about how to push them forward into a truly social web experience will be really useful.
September 22, 2008
Update: Here are the specific circumstances where coComment causes commenting to fail
- Browser: Firefox 3.01
- Platform: Windows XP SP3 and Mac OSX 10.5.5
- Extension: coComment Firefox Extension installed
Update 2: More information - the failure seems to occur specifically when commenting using a login - either Movable Type native or OpenID in its various flavours. Non signed-in commenters should be fine.
Update 3: This has been successfully resolved by coComment.
September 17, 2008
- Alison Gow lists the social media tools journalists should be using.
- Meanwhile, Lloyd is experimenting with reporting with very lightweight, mobile phone-based kit.
- Trouble in video land as Seesmic lays off staff?
- Whispers about the sale of my employer...
- Some additions to the Episerver CMS
- And I rather liked Tom Peters' notes on the financial storm breaking in the world economy.
September 16, 2008
I've been using FriendFeed more since I got involved with the Web 2.0 Expo blogger effort, and I've found it infinitely more usable in its new beta form than the original. The ability to partition friends you follow into groups allows me to use it as a quick check for important stuff (or fun stuff) before I dive into my RSS reader.
I'm going to be using the room more to chuck up interesting links I find - feel free to join in and do the same.
Thus, the webby conference scene is something I love, both for the chance to catch up with old contacts and meet new ones. Oh, and for the conference content, of course. Last year I had to miss the Web 2.0 Expo in Germany, because of Mum's chemo therapy. This year I'm free to go, and will be heading over to Berlin for some serious networking and some juicy brain meats from the programme.
Web 2.0 Expo Berlin Discount
If you're interested in attending, the organisers have provided me (and some other bloggers) with a discount code that gets you 35% off the entry price. Just register online and use the code webeu08gr9 to get some Euros off, which is pretty damn useful in these credit crunched times...
September 15, 2008
Robert Peston has been blogging about the Lehman Brothers situation on his BBC blog.
The Guardian's got a good landing page set up for Lehman's demise.
But I rather like the detail in Chris Irvine's story on Lehman's Docklands offices (where my family member work) in the Telegraph:
A good reminder of the personal cost behind this news.
The customary security presence surrounding the buildings of Canary Wharf is also slightly larger than usual. But rather than their usual task of keeping out unwanted outsiders, the staff are primarily occupied today with moving on the credit crunch's most recent victims before they share their troubles with the waiting media.
Nevertheless, a few of those passing out from the high-rise office's glass doors did stop to explain the mood inside the building. Koen Thijsson was the first employee out the door. He was carrying his belongings in a cardboard box and said: "This is it. I think it's going to be all of us".
Good, useful guide to moving off wordpress.com
September 11, 2008
- Steve Yelvington talks about the new open source content management system he's working on - and Kevin Anderson explains why it's important. (Yes, Jeff, I know it's Drupal-based :-) )
- Alan paints a pretty grim picture of what the current economic pressures around the web are doing to journalism.
- And Mary from Flight goes wing walking:
September 10, 2008
September 8, 2008
The (e)Grommet documents a case of the BBC crediting the hosting service, and not the creator. And the Daily Mirror has republished something provided to them by a Travel Weekly journalist as an "exclusive", without a hint of attribution.
It seems to be one of the major fault lines between traditional media outlets and online publishing - and one that's only going to get worse.
As Kevin puts it:
As an internet reader, I'm increasingly suspicious of journalists who don't link. Yes, if they quote an official that gives me a sense of the source. But why not link to original source material? It also allows me to dig more deeply into the story if I want without having to turn to Google.If many national journalists can't even handle attributing sources properly, how the hell are they going to get their heads around linking? The answer, based on the current evidence, is that they won't.
Is there anyone in the traditional media who is actually good at this?
September 7, 2008
Random links from tabs lingering in my browser at the end of the weekend:
- Wired editors are blogging the creation of a feature as it happens.
- Pete Ashton picks apart some of the terrible reporting around Google's Chrome (and bloggers don't do too well, either)
- Hacking Cough shows up just how bad some of the pictures submitted for print publication really are. A clear case of a little knowledge being dangerous when it comes to photo resolution.
- Is there any news left in today's news stories?
- Is it time for a video journalism camp in London?
The latest of Steve Jackson's blogs, Our Man in Cameroon, is up and going. Steve has been chronicling his life in various different countries for several years now, though Grenada, Hanoi and Newcastle. Steve's volunteering overseas in Cameroon (the clue being in the title there), but his reportage of life in other countries is always worth a look. I'll be subscribing.
And how could I resist his picture of the lizard above, when it echoes Taupy, the lizard in my blog header? :-)
September 6, 2008
September 5, 2008
There's no doubt that both these titles and our competitor to them, Computer Weekly, have a tough challenge on their hands. The amount of information published about IT has grown exponentially over the past decade, largely on the back of blogging, and you have to question the value brought by journalists to that sphere when you have both the people making the products and the expert users of them sharing their experience online. In fact, unless you can provide the sort of investigative journalism the Tony Collins of the world produce, is there much point at all?
Despite the "good news, chums" approach to title mergers promoted by kids comics, us grown-ups know they only happen when the straits are distinctly dire for one of the titles. And I suspect the the most telling part of that Press Gazette article will prove to be this quote from Graham Harman of Incisive Media:
"You have to look at the way people now source information, you can't just stick to the old practices and say 'that will do'. You have to say to yourself 'If I was launching into this market now what would I do? What do they want now and how do I service them?'"And in the IT space, the answer may well prove to be "not on paper".
But that's not the only thing on the Press Gazette site that added to my evidence for the doom of print...
September 4, 2008
- Paul at the Online Journalism Blog proves that it never pays to ignore or censor comments, because that only leads to bloggers proving that, say, you're an idiot. And getting Google to agree.
- PaidContent notes continuing bad news from the UK's (small) blog network industry.
- Lloyd rambles articulately about ambient intimacy thanks to social media, and Twitter in particular.
September 3, 2008
Sarah Hartley's back from some travels:
But as I finished writing up and downloading the pictures of a recent trip to Dublin, I started wondering how aware readers are about how these, often glossy, pieces of journalism come to be in their daily newspapers.
Paid for by the hosting holiday company (cost would obviously make the activity otherwise prohibitive), it could be seen as a semi-commercial activity. In itself perhaps not so much a problem, but do we always make that distinction crystal clear?
A former boss of mine used to describe paid-for trips (alongside assorted other gifts) as "moral hazards", and he discouraged us from taking them in most circumstances.
But, as Sarah points out, in this situation a lot of travel journalism just wouldn't happen, because the costs involved in sending the hack on holiday outweigh the benefit of having the report in the paper. Yet, I'd imagine that the majority of the readers are unaware that these are paid for trips. Of course, there's another layer in here, in that the travel industry works on the back of the familiarisation trip, or "fam trip", whereby agents are sent on the holidays people want them to sell to their clients. Travel Weekly's B2B journalists will be blogging some of these on its new Postcards blog (still under construction at the time of writing).
But what are the ethical issues here? How would readers feel if they knew that all the trips had been paid for by the company running them?
September 2, 2008
Alison's post is essential reading for any journalist working on the web right now.
The UK is a nation of net-addicts, with 76 percent of Brits admitting they can't live without the web.
- Paul links to some research on podcasting that suggests that it's got an affluent audience and that there's some growth to come.
- James shares some lessons learned from using social media at an event - in this case, Greenbelt.
- And, amongst all the posting about Google's new browser, Chrome, I rather like Shane and Alan's take on the issues. They cover much of the same ground, but Shane has more depth and Alan more snark... :-)
September 1, 2008
If I think it's relevant I'll mention it, but otherwise you'll just have to trust me: I blog about people and brands because what they are doing or saying is of interest to me. That's it.
I was listening to Twit the other day when the contributors were talking about their concern that too many blogs "just" pointed to stuff. I am not so sure that this is a problem and sort of rests on the, mistaken in my view, assumption that blogging has to be like journalism.
It's a shame that the perception of blogging is in a place where these things need to be said. One of the stock ideas I use when training journalists to blog is that the basic currency of the blog is the thought "that's interesting". Everything you post to a blog is something you find interesting and want to share with others, be it a link, an article, a photo or a video.