Find the nuggets in Twitter, Friendfeed

I think this post by Robert Scoble today deserves a reading by all journalists: “Steve Jobs’ bad news heralds the real-time web age.” The A-list blogger was watching his Twitter and Friendfeed streams for news from people about the Steve Jobs announcement of the Apple CEO taking a medical leave, and he was amazed at…

Social media can make you a better athlete

I love this post by the developer of an iPhone app called Runkeeper: “The power of social.” So, Runkeeper tracks your runs, hikes, bike rides, etc., and records not only a map of your route to view later, but also your performance. The iPhone sends the data of your workout to your account on the…

Young people really do use e-mail

As the father of two American girls, now ages 11 and 16, I get to watch the younger generation’s (digital) media habits up close, which is useful in my line of work as a media trend watcher. Something I noticed some time ago with my teen daughter is that e-mail is used in limited ways….

A 25-year-old’s perspective on micro-personal news

Sticking to the topic of “micro-personal news” (see previous blog item), John Paul Titlow wrote me the following note which responds to my September Editor & Publisher Online column, “Newspapers First Need to Redefine ‘News’ to Move Forward Online.” He makes some good points worth sharing, so with his permission here it is: “I couldn’t…

Ads on Twitter … So?

On BusinessWeek.com, Ben Kunz writes about the trouble Twitter is having coming up with a business model. He suggests a bunch of possibilities, but finds problems with all of them. I don’t get it. It strikes me that the best model is incredibly simple, and powerful: Insert a “TwitterAd” entry every 50 entries or so….

One person’s news, delivered by Twitter

My local newspaper didn’t tell me that my friend Yann crashed on his mountain bike and ended up in the hospital this week. Twitter did, since he posted a note to his Twitter followers about the accident. I think this points out a problem and an opportunity for newspapers. Problem: they don’t offer people the…

Joining the TimesPeople

TimesPeople, the new “social” feature of NYTimes.com, is intriguing. It’s early beta (Firefox extension), so I’ll forgive it for being a little awkward to figure out. Here’s a CNET interview with the developers: A key element is finding your online friends also on it and sharing recommendations. I tried letting it look for people in…

Distributed acts of media

I encourage you to take a 6-minute break and listen to this Seesmic video essay by Paul Bradshaw, senior lecturer in online journalism at Birmingham City University (UK), as he talks about new distribution models for news. It’s important stuff. Y’know, in the decade and a half that I’ve been involved in new media/online journalism…

Tweetscan: journalistic tool

I just discovered Tweetscan, which is a cool little service that aggregates Twitter posts for user-selected topics. You can go to the site and type in a search term, then see recent tweets (that’s what you call Twitter posts) that include your term. Jeff Jarvis noted this over the weekend and used the example of…

Domains for sale: clearmail.com, athletemoms.com

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got some domains sitting around gathering dust (and costing annual renewal fees). In my case, projects that didn’t work out, or projects that were envisioned but never got off the ground, are the reason. I’ve got a couple domains that I think are pretty good names: Clearmail.com AthleteMoms.com Clearmail.com…

Getting people to do your work for you for free

The great promise of the Internet is that it empowers the voices and knowledge of so many people, and smart entrepreneurs and others can harness that to do great things. Wikipedia is the classic example of the potential: An army of volunteers, not paid a cent, have created a living encyclopedia that has become an…

ESPN gets on the widget bandwagon

No sooner had I finished off a draft of my January Editor & Publisher Online column (probably to be published next week) on how news organizations must learn to share their content any- and everywhere, than did news of ESPN’s WidgetCenter arrive on my radar screen. (I think it launched last month, but I must’ve…

Hasbro and Mattel: D,O,T,I,S,I

Don’t you get tired of big corporations that are just friggin’ clueless when it comes to the Internet and marketing? I’m going to pile on along with Matthew Ingram, who comments on a boneheaded move by Hasbro and Mattel to clamp down on the Scrabulous application for Facebook. The story is that the toy companies…

A video worth 50 minutes of your time

There’s a great video about social marketing that’s begun making the rounds, by Don Crowther of StomperNet. It’s 50 minutes long, but I think it’s truly worth your time. The topic is the transformation of Internet marketing. (To my news industry readers: Don’t ignore this; it applies to you, big time.) Crowther’s premise is that…

Facebook app overload

I’m definitely hooked on Facebook, and I think that when the company opened up to third-party applications, that was a brilliant move. But the applications thing does get to be annoying. Today, a Facebook friend sent me some “Good Karma.” Hey, that’s nice. But, in order to “receive” it, I have to add the Good…