Craigslist gets bigger, goes smaller

Craigslist added another 100 cities this week, bringing the total coverage for the free-classifieds company to around 300 cities. Craig & company are, in the U.S., getting down to smaller communities now. This means that a new wave of newspaper publishers now get to freak out about the Craigslist threat to their classifieds business model….

Spam filters intercept domain renewal reminders

Apparently this is a common occurrence. A friend today repeated what happened to me earlier this year. The domain on one of her websites expired, because her spam filter was intercepting the notices sent by her domain hosting company and she didn’t realize that she needed to renew. My situation wasn’t that bad; while one…

A marketing experiment with a little risk

We’re trying something new on YourMTB.com: It’s this contest promotion done in conjunction with Spenco Cycling. The idea is that Spenco and YourMTB.com are giving away 10 pairs of the company’s new mountain biking gloves to registered users of YourMTB.com. To get the gloves, our users have to be among the first 10 people to…

Friedman on TimesSelect

New York Times star columnist Thomas Friedman was interviewed at the Webby Awards for Mediabistro.com. Check out what he says about TimesSelect, the paid service of NYTimes.com that puts his popular column behind a paid subscription wall. The short version: “I hate it.” Longer version: Watch the video.

A new animated editorial cartoonist

I’ve long been a fan of animated editorial cartoons — but there are so few of them. The great Mark Fiore stands out as the best still, in my view. But there are indications that a new wave of animated editorial cartoons is coming. A new entrant is Mike Shelton of the Orange County Register…

My corporate mantra

I really like this quote, spotted in the MediaPost Video Insider column, “Four Ways to Improve Your Online Video Ads“: “The thing to realize is, interactivity is not just the icing on the cake when you’re dealing with the Web — it is the cake. People watch TV, but they use the Internet.” I’d have…

MySpace: Needs work

I have to say, I don’t really get it with MySpace. Why is it SO popular? It doesn’t seem deserving of its millions and millions of users. No, I’m not talking about why its brand of social networking is a hit. I get that. It’s just that MySpace seems so, well, lame in many ways….

Wisdom of the technologist/journalist

Online Journalism Review’s Robert Niles has a great interview with technologist/journalist (and all-around smart guy) Adrian Holovaty of Washingtonpost.com. Good reading. A favorite exchange from the Niles-Holovaty interview: OJR: “Journalism’s always been a competitive business. But what technical initiatives should news organizations be cooperating on? What opportunities, if any, is the industry missing when companies…

Blog syndication: Should you or shouldn’t you?

Mark Glaser has tackled a topic I’ve been meaning to research. (Thanks, Mark!) In a long entry on his MediaShift blog for PBS, Glaser ponders the pros and cons of going with one of the new blog syndication services, Blogburst and ScooptWords. The appeal for a blogger in signing up with a syndicate is added…

Re-inventing the video wheel not necessary

This week we added a video component to my company’s debut sports website, YourMTB.com. It’s a participatory site, where mountain biking enthusiasts can share their passion for their sport by sharing stories of their adventures, photos and video clips. Here’s the main video page, where our users are just beginning to share videos — like…

Top info source: Press releases, not trade pubs

Outsell sent out a press release today about some new research on search, and included was this gem of information: “Press releases are becoming a treasure trove of information. In fact, they have overtaken trade journals as the top information source for knowledge workers, followed by trade journals and publications, reference books, academic journals, and…

Rockin’ for cit-journalism

Non-profit citizen-journalism site Chi-Town Daily News (serving Chicago) is trying something innovative to support itself: It’s hosting an indie-rock concert on June 15, featuring three bands that have been featured on the website in recent months. Proceeds from ticket sales ($10 each) will go to support the website’s efforts. Music fund-raisers are a tried-and-true way…

Most of the world dumps film

Canon has stopped making film cameras. It’s about time. Film? Get over it. (But there are still holdouts, it seems. My daughter is going to summer arts camp again this year, and plans on taking some photography. The camp insists on teaching them darkroom techniques and how to develop photos with chemicals. Why don’t they…

Me and my Rudy’s: Citizen marketing

I talk a lot about media and news companies getting into the “citizen media” thing; my own company is based on citizen media, primarily from an editorial perspective. But the concept is taking off in the corporate and marketing worlds, too, of course. An example comes from Rudy Project, maker of the oh-so-stylish sport eyewear….

Connecting disparate dots

This strikes me as funny. In my Editor & Publisher Online column for May, I wrote about a super-busy, multimedia-literate police reporter in Florida, Rochelle Gilken, and noted that she admitted to me that in order to keep up, she uses every available bit of time — including checking e-mail on her Blackberry mobile device…