ThankThis: Donate $ without spending $

I’ve been in touch with Twixa.com and its CEO, Kurt Huang, for some time while he and his team have been developing a new revenue widget for online publishers. You can see it on this post, next to the Tweetmeme (“Retweet”) button at right: ThankThis. Click on the button and you can financially support this…

One city’s blossoming digital media landscape

Over on the website of the Digital Media Test Kitchen (I’m director of that program at CU-Boulder), I’ve posted an update on one of our projects, called “Slices of Boulder,” which we’re working on with a technology partner, Toronto-based Eqentia, using its semantic publishing and distribution platform. Work is happening over the summer, including building…

I now officially hate print magazines

There. I’ve said it. Now that I have an iPad (and love it as a device for media consumption), I really don’t ever want to see a print magazine again. If I could, I’d happily convert all my remaining print magazine subscriptions to iPad subscriptions, and be a happy guy. (And yes, I’m willing to…

No, I’m not ‘against’ people paying for online news

In my last blog post, I ranted about Rupert Murdoch’s “hard paywall” on The Times and Sunday Times websites, suggesting that his company’s newspaper division needs to think in shades of gray when it comes to website paywall models, because the extreme black-vs.-white approach being taken is likely to fail. I received the following comment,…

The Times vs. Guardian strategies: uber-dumb & smart

Today is the first day for the hard paywall at Rupert Murdoch’s The Times and Sunday Times‘ websites. I have one good thing to say about Murdoch, and the rest will be extremely critical. … At least the declining media tycoon has the guts to try out the online paywall strategy that he’s been pushing…

Bay Citizen: No anonymous comments

To continue on my recent commenting theme, I noticed that the new Bay Citizen non-profit online news venture edited by Jonathan Weber is taking a no-anonymity line with its user comments. Here’s Weber in his editor’s blog yesterday: “There are a number of ways in which people can be part of The Bay Citizen, and…

Response to @jny2: Single comment solution does not fit all

Civility (and lack thereof) on many news websites, the topic of my previous blog post, is clearly worth more discussion. A bit of brow-beating of me by Josh Young, social news editor for HuffingtonPost.com, today on Twitter gives me the opportunity to continue the conversation … and fight back: @jny2 Seriously, @steveouting, what do you…

Reader comments: It’s time to make ’em civil

Have you been watching the Honolulu Civil Beat news experiment? That’s the Hawaii news website edited by John Temple (former editor of the defunct Rocky Mountain News) and financed by Pierre Omidyar (founder of eBay). While I have doubts that its business model (asking $19.99 a month for full access to the news site’s content…

Consumer Reports gets it right (*finally)

* at least on the smartphone platform ConsumerReports.org is the classic example of a once-primarily print publisher having content valuable and unique enough that it can charge for it online. The site for years has had a subscription model, with a monthly or annual fee to access its product reviews. I subscribed for a while,…

Credit cards suck! Offer some alternatives

Credit cards suck for many reasons. (One that annoys me the most is the absurdly high late charges I’ve personally experienced for being a day or two late getting my bill in on time.) But in the physical world, and in certain situations in the online world (e.g., Amazon.com, which can store my account information),…