I have about three iPad-related posts in my head right now. One of them exists in partial form in my blog software.
Flighblogger, one of our stable of blogs on Flightglobal, was just shy of 4m pageviews in 2009, from 2.3m visitors.
Kevin Anderson on why people participate in online communities and share content on them:
I can tell you why I bother. A global culture of participation has been, for me, key in meeting one of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: Belonging. Originally participatory culture was something I did in my spare time because their was no place for it in my professional work, but co-creation in journalism has been one of the most richly rewarding aspects of my career.charman-anderson.com, Generosity and post-scarcity economic media models: Why I love participatory culture, Jan 2010
Lots to think about in that post, especially about the way traditional media people, who have a different attitude to creation and sharing than most people, misunderstand motivations for participation. More myopia?
From an article about Kodak’s difficult decade:
Even though they talked about being in imaging and memories – their financial base was still in film, and even though they could move conceptually, they could see no way to move economically (and I suspect that many of us sitting around the Kodak board table at the time would have come to similar conclusions).creativedisruption.net, Creative Disruption, Jan 2010
Much for publishers to learn here…
Lurking around in my browser tabs:
- On Makers and Managers – good look at the tension between these two roles that should be familiar to most people in journalism
- The Death of Tag Clouds – this has been creating some debate internally at RBI. I still like ’em, but I never thought they were a navigation tool, just a visual means of displaying the “aboutness” of the site.
- Why Tumblr is Kicking Posterous’ Ass – insightful post on the difference between an engineered website and a designed one.
- Jeff Jarvis’s Cockeyed Economics – some good economic theory around paid content in here
- The Value of Blogging – anyone familiar with my job title knows that I’m contractually obligated to value blogging as a journalistic endeavour – but this post enumerates some of the reasons well.
- Posterous, the iPhone and Microjournalism – great account of using the iPhone and Posterous to report from abroad using a mobile device.
Cool thing of the day: we just launched an Adobe Air-based desktop app for one of our titles. Flight Global. Video introduction:
It has been a funny old week, as the lazy, journalistic cliché goes. This time last week, I was telling myself for the third afternoon in a row that I’d do my slides for news:rewired tomorrow, and now they’ve spent the best part of a day on the front page of SlideShare.
Personally, I find this an outdated debate but I fear it will go round-and-round until the idea that people can have a ‘virtual life’ and a ‘real’ one as two separate things is finally, belatedly put to rest.
Not bad after 5 days…