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March 3, 2013
I wrote the 3rd best blog post on inbound marketing this week.
This is, frankly, a bit of a surprise, as I have no idea what inbound marketing is...
August 25, 2012
Five things that are worth reading over your morning coffee...
- The shop window is the only place to be in the digital high street - a nice summation of the problems with Apple's Newsstand, based on David Hepworth's experience with the ill-fated The Word iPad app.
- Why doesn't Julian Assange leave WikiLeaks? - an excellent question...
- What happens in Vegas happens all over the web - linked entirely on the basis of the last paragraph, which made me laugh out loud...
- Four things you need to know about young people's media habits - The world my daughter is going to grow up in is one of perpetual connectivity and choice. Those of us who grew up in a narrowband world haven't really grasped this yet.
- All eyes on the election - Storyful's US election project - #ElectionEyes
March 5, 2012
Time to stop hogging these great links in my browser tabs and share them with the world:
- 50 Twitter conversations that journalism students might like - basically a list of useful hashtags.
- Good reading on the eBook disruption over the last year.
- Great musings about the meaning of social and sharing.
- Charles Arthur rounds up the latest journalists/bloggers spat at length. A good primer...
- A review of the Storify iPad app
- A reminder why journalists shouldn't foge about forums - just because the technophile bubble is always chasing after the new new thing doesn't mean that decades old forms of online community aren't still useful
- Research shows that attending meetings lowers IQ. That explains so very much about corporate culture...
- My new favourite Tumblr
- Gothamist gets its press pass - or another example of traditional power structure not keeping up with digital change.
January 11, 2012
I need to get back into the habit of doing these, before my MacBook collapses into a superdense mass and becomes a black hole because of all the tabs I have open in Safari.
So, um, to save the planet from being sucked into a black hole in the West Sussex area, here's some morning coffee reading for you:
- How to completely and utterly botch a blogger event.
- Some myths about the big World Economic Forum gathering in Davos debunked.
- The best summation of linking culture I've seen in a while.
- A great round-up of blogger coverage of Le Web from a month back. Great reading if you want to catch up on the latest web trends.
- Microsoft, if you stop doing embarrassing things like this, I promise to buy a Windows Phone. Deal?
- I'm not sure if this man is an enthusiastic traveller or just a terrible show-off. You decide. ;-)
December 13, 2011
- Driving by looking in the rear view mirror - an interesting cautionary note from Neil, looking at how predicting the death of things or viewing the future with too much reference to the past can skew your views. I remember the days when I though that RSS would allow us to build and have printed our own "newspapers"...
- More thoughts on magazines and publishing on the iPad - I like the pragmatic approach on display here. And I really don't like straight PDF replicas.
- Designing apps for tablets: consider the time of day - interesting figures. I think too few people are considering how and when people will use their apps right now. We're too used to the one-setting (at the keyboard) paradigm of the web...
- Publish or perish McKinsey tells retail brands - I find the rise of brand content at the same time that traditional journalism content is on the decline to be one of the most compelling feature of the attention wars right now. For all that it's a tough time to be a journalist, content is clearly still in demand...
- SoLoMo in the fast lane - I thought that the "local" element of Le Web's social-local-mobile theme was the least in evidence. Here's an argument that I'm wrong.
October 12, 2011
- Getting "digital first" right in the "newsroom" - a nice, detailed look at why this is a more complex idea than many people realise
- 10 ways journalists can use Twitter before, during and after reporting a story - does what it say on the tin
- Memo to newspaper: let your readers inside the wall - basically, a clarion call to do more reporting in collaboration with our readers, that applies to all forms of journalism just as much as newspapers
- An ex-Googler highlights what she thinks are the most important cultural lessons from the company - I'm midway through In The Plex right now, and am thinking a lot about issues like this...
September 15, 2011
UK iPhone folks: Facebook Messenger is here: http://t.co/K86pzQgW
Getting a Facebook Page together for my blog: http://t.co/Avnsq6G
RT @ComCareFamilies: #topman t-shirt debate: does the store glamourise #domesticviolence? http://t.co/XA1kDd2
Westfield Stratford City - what the press thought http://j.mp/odgEtq
From yesterday: Five random thoughts on mobile http://t.co/p00SItt
August 3, 2011
Stuff crossing my information superhighway radar this morning:
- Seven books that journalists working online should read - up to 9, with recommendations in the comments
- How I tracked down an entire family from one tweet - Joanna make s triumphant return to blogging with a concise account of how you can build good investigative journalism off the information in a single tweet.
- The New Yorker has up to 100,000 readers on iPad - difficult to tell exactly how many are making regular use of it, and I did like Leo's suggestion on yesterday's MacBreak Weekly that people feel less guilty about a pile of unread magazines on a tablet than they do about unread magazines on the floor...
And this is an interesting watch:
July 18, 2011
For the first time in a little while, I caught the train from Shoreham-by-Sea to London for a day at Procter Street. That gave me the chance to catch up on my RSS feeds, and here's a few things of note:
- The Smartphone: our new tool for sharing experiences - I think we, as an industry, would be foolish if we underestimate the cultural shift happening around mobile devices.
- A good week for journalism, a bad week for journalism - one former colleague gives a timely reminder of the important, long-term reporting done by another. We need to talk more about the good things done by journalists at the moment...
- Have you taken the #ukjournopay study yet? - I have. You should.
- A Sobering Look at Apple - this column looked like a typical piece of anti-Apple linkbait. It made me think worse of the reborn Byte. The Byte editor, Gina Smith, apparently agreed, and has apologised for publication of the article. Wonderful transparency and directness. Love it.
Coffee from the wonderful Toast by the Coast. ;-)
May 11, 2011
Not really had much to say on this, beyond what I said back when it was all about Trafigura. But here are some interesting links that have crossed my radar:
- Charlie Beckett gives us a quick take on the key issues, as he sees them.
- Roy Greenslade notes the strange way this has become mainstream news some time after the event
- Malcolm Coles notes the national newspaper stories flying close to the injunction wind
- Jon Slattery reports on reports that more regulation of social networks may be
doomed to failureon its way
Any other links people would like to recommend?
April 13, 2011
Because sometimes, you just have to get those tabs out of that browser:
- Idio and The Guardian partner to develop content delivery service - I'm convinced we should be doing more combination curated and algorithmic aggregation and discovery. Content is no longer rare. Selection of that content is.
- In a glass house, throwing stones? - Alison weighs in on the "is a journalism degree worthwhile?" debate started by Kelvin MacKenzie. Like her, I don't have a journalism qualification. But unlike her, I never worked in regional newspapers. There have always been many routes into journalism.
- Five myths about the future of journalism - point three is the one I'm most interested in right now.
- The front page isn't what it used to be - I've seen this clearly in our metrics. Front pages of websites just don't really matter.
- Tweet late, e-mail early and don't forget about Saturday - some thoughts about how to share content, and when, for maximum impact. And by thoughts I mean "research".
March 30, 2011
The tabs in my browser were getting out of hand. Time for a link dump:
- Is Twitter more media than social? Interesting. I suspect that there's lots of research to be done on different communities and their use of the Twitter.
- What are the problems in covering demos live? The limits of technology in a crowded protest - Martin has covered similar territory
- Don't blame the media if your demo doesn't work - quick, but still insightful, analysis of the coverage of last weekend's protest. I really want to blog about it, but not sure I can face the likely reaction.
- Journalists must set the tone for their communities - Kevin argues that journalists need to accept more responsibility for shaping the behaviour of their commenting communities. Damn right they do - too many journalists just can't make the connection between the way they report and the reaction it garners
- Invest time and effort to attract "the right kind" of contributors - another riff on the theme