Youtube without the clothing

You knew it had to happen: Pornotube.com. (Definitely not an office-safe link.) I guess we should call this “citizen porn.” The only thing surprising is that the porn industry didn’t beat Youtube.com to the idea; usually the sex merchants are ahead of the mainstream when it comes to deploying new Internet ideas. Perhaps Pornotube will…

E&P column: Nostalgic new-media conversations

My July column for Editor & Publisher Online has been published: “Online-News: Have We Come Far Enough?” I pored through a bunch of discussions going on 10 years ago on the Online-News industry discussion list (which I founded back in 1994 and is now operated by the Poynter Institute). It’s fun to see what were…

Shall I edit this for you?

In my current role as publisher of a network of citizen-media-based websites (well, only one is live today, but more are coming soon), I really have to curb my editing tendencies. You see, I spent part of my career working as a newspaper copy editor. But in my new job, I have to bite my…

Cox: On to something better?

Interesting. Former “Wonkette” Ana Marie Cox has been named Washington editor of Time.com. Moving from blogging (where, she reports, she was paid modestly by publisher Gawker Media, but gained a wide following and hip reputation) to a mainstream gig is still seen by many people as a positive career step. But in time, I think…

Press coverage: Enthusiast Group

Well, let’s hope this is the beginning of a media onslaught. … Boulder County Business Report, a local business newspaper here in Boulder, has profiled my fledgling company. “Spin Your Own Yarn,” by Caitlin McGettigan. It’s a mostly accurate account of what we’re doing.

Some ancient media history: Online-News, circa 1994

Back in 1994, I started an Internet e-mail discussion list called Online-News. It became, I think it’s fair to say, the primary online meeting place for the pioneers in online news media. The list still exists today, hosted by the Poynter Institute (my former employer), though it’s not as active as it used to be….

Why is NYTimes.com afraid of the link?

Oh, c’mon NYTimes.com. You’ve got to be kidding! … Its article, “NBC’s Web-Only Episodes Offer ‘The Office,’ a Little at a Time,” contains NO LINK TO THE VIDEO. Writer Alessandra Stanley gets readers intrigued about seeing some Internet-only “webisodes” of the popular TV comedy The Office, but NYTimes.com editors force us to seek out the…

MySpace: The emperor has no clothes?

Just tried to log in to MySpace: That was the entire page. Can’t MySpace at least come up with a more elegant error message? As often as not I see this kind of thing on MySpace — page elements and ads that don’t load, etc. For arguably the most popular site on the Web, wouldn’t…

Giveaway/product-review program works out nicely

Last month here I wrote about a product giveaway and user review promotion that my website, YourMTB.com, is doing. The idea is that we work with companies that want to get user reviews of their products, giving away a few items to YourMTB.com registered users in exchange for their promise of writing a review. Results…

Spammers’ bad poetry

Why would someone send this spam message?… Then he stopped pacing, came up close to me, and looking off to the side learn, was doubrful. stupid map? the sand, thinking. Jonathan took all his courage in hand and walked to Perhaps someone can explain spammers’ logic on stuff like this. The only thing I can…

Jacksonville.com dumps forced registration (Good!)

Since I’m on record as opposing mandatory user registration (and supporting voluntary schemes with incentives) for news websites, I’m encouraged by this news: “Registration is no longer required for viewing content on Jacksonville.com, the (Florida) Times-Union’s Web site.” Explaining the switch away from forced registration, a story by Wayne Ezell notes, “In a recent national…

Let’s go webcam fishing

This is either a very unusual marketing technique or the height of geekdom. … My Boulder friend, Chris Ryan, president of Future of News, has aimed a web-cam at his saltwater acquarium. Go to the Future of News website and click on the Fishcam link in the left column.

Photo of gluttonous bear is worth only 100 words

ABCNews.com has a cute story about a bear who climbed into a convertible and pigged out (how’s that for a mixed metaphor!) on pizza, beer and hard liquor. Charming, as is the photo of the bear in the car. Get out your magnifying class Alas, ABCNews.com (and several other news sites) seriously blows it by…

Yet another Craigslist success tale

This week I posted an ad on the Denver Craigslist looking for some part-time contract marketing help. I must say, I’m impressed with the response I received — 21 so far, which I’ve whittled down to seven candidates that look very promising. The bulk of the responses came in within 24 hours, with a few…

How to increase website participation levels

A combination of too much work plus computer problems (old PC acting up, and now making the transition to a new laptop) has left no time for blogging, hence the inactivity here in the last week. So for now, I’ll just point you to my latest Editor & Publisher Online column, “How to Make Your…