New England’s citizen disaster reporters

The flooding in New England this weekend was another opportunity for “citizen journalism” to shine. New England Cable News (NECN) has been accepting video clips and photos from people around the region and airing them on the newscast (and posting them to the NECN website on Boston.com). This is the sort of thing where citJ…

Gone bikin’

I’m off to Moab for a couple days of mountain biking, so no blogging till the end of the weekend at least. It’s a business trip. No, really. I publish a website on mountain biking now (among other topics), so clearly this is work, right? … I love my new job.

A magazine brings its editors out into the open

So I’m reading the June 2006 issue of Bike magazine. (Which is a gorgeous, slick publication published by Primedia.) After a few pages of ads and the table of contents, I come to the editor’s column, “Beaming Down to the Surface,” by Mike Ferrentino. He’s writing about something I feel passionate about. I’m surprised and…

Trendspotting: Tracking celebrities

Lots of folks squawked about Galker Stalker, the celebrity sightings on a Google Map feature from Nick Denton’s Gawker blog. Next comes something considerably more benign from Microsoft: Celebfavorites.com, which identifies celebrities’ favorite hangouts and adds them to Microsoft’s new mapping website, Windows Live Local. No real-time celeb spotting, just a list of places where…

Eyetracking and search results

Having managed an online eyetracking study before, I’m always fascinated when a new study comes out. As Search Insider reports, a new eyetracking study offered some insight into how people view search-engine results. Where do people look first on a search results page? To the top “Sponsored Links” the vast majority of the time, for…

I confess: Now vote on my lapse

I really like the concept behind the new website/blog Ethics Crisis: People can anonymously confess a business ethical lapse they’ve personally made, then site visitors vote on how bad it is, from 1-5. Yes, reading the site does make you feel kind of depressed about human nature (and probably drive you to watch your employees…

The $130 pocket video cam

A key premise of my company and its websites (like YourMTB.com) is that technology is enabling people to share more of themselves with the rest of the world. Cellphone cameras, tiny digital cameras and video cams … all make it easy to document more of your life and share it with others. Sites like YourMTB…

Colbert makes the NYT … finally

Chalk up another success for the blogosphere. As I noted earlier this week, the New York Times and some other major news organizations all but ignored comedian Stephen Colbert’s performance at the White House Correspondents Association dinner over the weekend. Colbert was merciless in insulting and criticizing George W. Bush while the president was sitting…

Another Eyetrack study from Poynter

The Poynter Institute (my employer until last February) is beginning work on a fourth eyetracking study, this one looking at print newspapers again but with an online component, too. The first Eyetrack study done by Poynter, way back in 1991, examined reading behavior with printed newspapers. Studies No. 2 and 3, done in 1999 and…

Bravo, Stephen

I’ve never taken a fancy to Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report. But bravo to him for his stinging performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner the other night. The comedian pulled no punches and made a lot of people in the room uncomfortable: the Bush administration for its failures and bad policies, and the White…

Don’t e-mail the ‘m’ word

Spam filters are both blessing and curse. Don’t get me wrong; I’m thankful that my filters pick up the majority of junk e-mail that’s aimed at my in-box. But there’s a dark side to spam filters, which I was reminded of when reading Randy Cassingham’s This Is True newsletter last night. The weekly humorous-news e-newsletter…

Where are students passionate about new media?

So I’m looking for a summer intern for my new company. I’ve sent announcements to the journalism programs at a couple of the major universities near me, the University of Colorado here in Boulder, and Colorado State University. A handful of resumes have come in, but I’m underwhelmed. This is an intern position, so I’m…

Cartoonists: Stop thinking in print

Here’s something profound from Berkeley Breathed, creator of Bloom County (the classic, now-defunct comic strip) and Opus (currently running in Sunday newspapers). This is from an LA Times article: “I don’t think you’ll ever see another ‘Calvin & Hobbes,’ ‘Bloom County’ or ‘Doonesbury‘ again,” says Breathed, 48, who received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning…

It’s a changed world

I’ve been in the Internet business a long time (since 1994), so I’ve experienced the days when most people didn’t have a clue why anyone would need this Internet thing, to these days when the Internet is another vital utility as important to most people’s lives as the phone. Today here in Boulder (Colorado), I…