‘I’m majoring in blogging’

The other day I mentioned the new open-blogging initiative at the University of Colorado’s Campus Press. Since then, a bunch of folks in the CU community have begun blogging, so I suggest you take a look to get an idea of the type of content you get when you open up stuff like this to…

More coolness from Adrian Holovaty

One of the earliest and best Google Maps mashups is Adrian Holovaty’s ChicagoCrime.org, which takes publicly accessible Chicago crime data and gloms it onto a satellite/street¬†map in all sorts of interesting and flexible ways. Now Holovaty, who is a Chicago-based Web technologist for Washingtonpost.com, has added a new and cool feature: Crimes in the database…

More local news at Yahoo! News

Yahoo! News has improved its previously meager offerings under the “Local News” tab, increasing coverage from 30 to around 400 markets in the U.S., and increasing the number of media outlets where it pulls headlines from one per market to up to ten. If you don’t see a media outlet (or blog, for that matter)…

I’m anti-walled garden (E&P)

My monthly column, Stop the Presses!, just posted over at Editor & Publisher Online. This month’s topic: “Getting Over the Walled-Garden Approach to News Websites: Newspaper websites must make it easier for readers/users to share online content with them and each other.”

New features: We want them NOW!

My business partner, Derek, turned me on to a great new voice: Kathy Sierra. Derek heard her speak last week at the South by Southwest conference, and she’s got a blog called Creating Passionate Users (co-written with two other authors in a book series she’s doing for O’Reilly). Our business (the Enthusiast Group) is about…

54% of online users have never registered

One of my biggest pet peeves (well, within the topic of media) is media websites that demand user registration in order to view content beyond their homepages. I think that’s a nutty strategy in cases where the content is free to view, and I much prefer voluntary user registration and providing incentives for people to…

A better way to plan meetings?

The typical way that my business associates and I set up meetings is by flinging e-mail messages around. (“Let’s meet at Derek’s office at 10:30 tomorrow.” … “Got another meeting. How about 11:45?”) This old-fashioned technique usually works, but it’s messy and inefficient. So, I’ve been experimenting with a new meeting-planning service called Skobee, and…

Oh, impatient me

The speed of the Internet makes us more impatient, I think. We usually get instant gratification, and when a website doesn’t live up to that standard, we get annoyed. … At least, that seems to be the case with me. I’ve been playing around with several public calendar services. I wanted to add a feature…

What’s this tool?

I don’t know yet what to make of this. A website called Crazy Egg promotes an upcoming service that appears to combine clicktracking with some of the representations found in eyetracking. So, once the site goes live, you’ll be able to get a visual representation of where on your webpages people are clicking. You probably…

Trend booster: NYT dumps stock tables

So, on April 4, the New York Times will cease publishing stock tables on Tuesdays through Saturdays and beef up its online stocks service. It will run two pages of market and economic information in the print edition. NYT’s decision follows a number of other newspapers dropping or severely trimming stock tables (including Tribune Co.’s…

A judge’s gripes about photos, videos

Whew! I’ve finished my annual volunteer judging duties for the EPpy Awards for best work in online news media. (The competition is run by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek, and results will be announced in May. … I have a long history with the awards, having been the original organizer back in the dark ages…

Leave Google alone

Here’s an important piece by Jeff Jarvis published in The Guardian that every newspaper publisher needs to read. He’s not saying anything particularly new, but his message for newspapers to embrace Google and not fear and fight it apparently still needs to be spread. That the World Association of Newspapers is threatening legal action against…

Evolving new-media business models

The NY Times has a couple of important media stories today (both especially relevant to me, as co-founder of a new citizen-media-based Internet start-up): Hungry Media Companies Find a Meager Menu of Web Sites to Buy Online Auteurs Hardly Need to Be Famous (That second headline is a bit obscure. The story is about the…