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“Twitter is our competition, we have faced up to that reality,” said Matt McAllester, Europe editor at Time.

That’s a controversial start to a nice piece from Abigail at journalism.co.uk, from a Web Summit panel on journalism and social media:

Time reporters such as Moscow correspondent Simon Shuster use Twitter to discover stories that are breaking nearby and head straight there while also “triangulating other tweets” to check if the area is at risk.

“[Shuster] uses Twitter a lot to make sure that it’s safe to go down a certain road and go down a certain place and talk to certain people,” explained McAllester.

He added that Twitter has replaced the role of the mobile phone, once so essential in foreign reporting, allowing more immediate communication with a wider number of people.

Some interesting stuff on long form video from Vice, and the uses of Google+ (shock, horror) from Storyful.

Michelle Phan - photo by Gage Skidmore

A music label is suing YouTube star Michelle Phan for using its music:

The label and its publishing arm claim she has used about 50 of their songs without permission in her YouTube videos and on her own website.

She disputes this, claiming that they gave permission – and interestingly, one of the artists involved has come out in support of her:

What’s more interesting to me is that Phan is one of a breed of new media entrepreneurs that have flown under many media commentators’ radar. In fact, I first became aware of her while sat in a cab from Manhattan to JFK, with a screen on auto-play in front of me. Periodically adverts for YouTube would come up, featuring some of their biggest celebrities. I passed through disinterest to annoyance, and out into curiosity, as the traffic crawled its way towards the airport. Who were these people? Why was YouTube paying to advertise them and itself?

This is the one starring Phan:

When I got back to the UK, I started poking at this, and whole world opened up to me. These are not just social media celebrities, but powerful media businesses, producing content with a tight focus on their enthusiast audience. They’re doing all the things that media businesses claim to be doing – and doing them better.

These video entrepreneurs have built huge followings on YouTube – in Phan’s case, through make-up tutorials – and that leveraged that to build real businesses from that following. In a sense, Phan has become a one woman beauty magazine, and is another example of why so many consumer magazines have struggled to get traction online. What they do – offer information to enthusiasts – is being replaced by utterly different forms of media.

The WSJ did an interview with Phan recently, that almost explored how she’s built her online business, but gets a little distracted by talking about make-up:

In fact, she’s now big enough business that a record label wants $150,000 for every copyright infringement they can prove.

You know it’s big business when there are big lawsuits involved.

Photo by Gage Skidmore and used under a Creative Commons licence

 

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Handy little addition to Youtube I spotted the other day: you can now specify exactly the width (or height) of an embed code for a YouTube video. This has been niggling me since the service upped the default width to wider than the column size of this blog. I had to manually work out the height and width and modify the embed code, which was a complete pain.

Simple addition, but it’ll make life so much easier.

 

Paywalls aren’t the only “retreat to print structures” model out there. YouTube has launched a new TEXTp format for its videos, that’s sure to warm the cockles of every “screw multimedia, words are all that matter” pissed old old-school hack:

The new format isn’t available for embedding yet, so check it out here.
And they couldn’t have chosen a finer day to introduce this service.