A fascinating way that twitter streams can be use to support traditional content.
It's getting harder for national courts to control stories…
A survey of business models used online
"Matt Mullenweg says that OpenID and OAuth will be in upcoming versions of WordPress, possibly WordPress 2.8." – WIN
Ah, satire: "Apparently, it's very simple. The more you self-reference, pick feuds and talk about the failure of TimesSelect, the better you're doing. If you make it sound like you're the one who figured out newspapers are dying, you win."
Sarah, the lucky so-and-so, has had a Flip Mino HD to play with,
A sea change in political coverage: "How did it happen, in the absence of any media coverage? The answer is that political reporters no longer get to decide what's news. The days when a minister gave briefings to a dozen lobby correspondents, and thereby dictated the next day's headlines, are over. Now, a thousand bloggers decide for themselves what is interesting. If enough of them are tickled then, bingo, you're news."
"There is an easy formula for doing it wrong: publish attention-getting bullshit and pull stunts to generate mindless traffic. The entire quote-unquote “pro blogging” industry — which exists as the sort of pimply teenage brother to the shirt-and-tie SEO industry — is predicated on the notion that blogging is a meaningful verb. It is not. The verb is writing. The format and medium is new, but the craft is ancient."
We’re spending the day exploring possible places to live….
If this goes ahead, it will have a huge impact on how the next generation of readers view our businesses
This post is my contribution to Ada Lovelace Day in which over a thousand bloggers are celebrating the women they admire in technology.
I first met Lisa Jardine in a small interview room on the Queen Mary campus in Mile End. She expressed absolute delight that I wanted to switch from a degree in physics to one in English literature – not because I was abandoning physics, but because I didn’t see an interest in both in incompatible. A little over three years later, I met her for the last time, on stage, as I was awarded my degree.
“I didn’t expect to do this well,” I said, as my 2:1 was awarded.
“I didn’t expect you to, either,” she said with a huge smile.
I doubt she recalls either event – after all, dozens of students pass through her doors every year – but the two, and the time I spent studying under her in the time between, have been a huge inspiration to me. Here was a woman who had little time for the traditional boundaries between art and science, who seemed to see them all as part of the human endeavour.
You only need to take a look at her recent publication record to see where her interests lie: Robert Hooke, Sir Christopher Wren and the Scientific Revolution. I remember listening rapt to her account of rediscovering the additional purpose of the Monument as a site for experiments. History, science, literature and technology: none of these are distinct fields in her work, but fields which can inform each other in search of insight and understanding.
More recently, her work as chair of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority has shown her ability to work constructively on one of the most vexed and politically-charged technological issues of our day.
One of the reasons I have fallen in love with blogging as a medium is that it enables debate and discussion between people on a whole range of issues. It allows the blurring of traditional boundaries and the positive use of technology for the growth of human understanding. And I might never have realised the possibilities without those three years studying with Professor Jardine.
Nature looks at the phenomenon of scientists becoming science bloggers
Redundant science journalists boosting the science blogosphere?
Makes me laugh, again and again and again.
Do the US newspapers want special treatment by google?
I’ve stumbled across three really, really good posts on understanding the growth curves and problem points in online communities. I think these are required reading for anyone trying to build a community around their publishing brand:
Community by the Numbers:
They’re heavy, but very insightful reading. Grab a coffee and enjoy them.
- You have to build trust with contacts – and that can mean not running stories instially to build the relationship
- It’s not a 9 to 5 job – contacts will often need to talk to you out of hours – and beware phone records that can expose your relationship
- Keep close to the subs working on your story – don’t let them rewrite in a way that removes vital nuances.
- Don’t overstate the case – and beware of coming over as the journalist stereotypes, as that can undermine your credibility in readers’ eyes
- His blog is invaluable – the number of tip-offs he gets as a result exceeds his ability to cope with them
- Forums can be an invaluable source of stories or information from them – and you can ask for information
- Don’t be a repositary for secrets – we’re paid to write not to know things. Persuade them – work with them – to get their permission to publish
Only a taster of course. I’m not giving away everything Tony had to say.
For your pleasure, a discussion on press standards,
live [now using the recorded version] from the Frontline Club: