@Anywhere … Is this thing on? Testing, testing…

In an effort to integrate Twitter into my blog a bit better, I’m trying out Twitter’s @Anywhere, which adds a pop-up info box when you hover over an @ Twitter address (among other things). So, let’s see how this works with mention of a couple Twitter addresses… @steveouting @dmediakitchen It’s pretty easy to set up….

Your comments are starting to stink (moderate ’em!)

When comments come into this blog, I moderate them before they are published. Like most blogs (or any web publishing platform that accepts user comments), this one receives far more comment spam than legitimate comments. Comment anti-spam program Askimet catches, I’d guess, more than 99% of my incoming comment spam. In the last few months,…

Re: Mutterings on non-profit news

Josh Stearns of Free Press called me out on Twitter yesterday: “@steveouting Would love to get your thoughts on Mutter… my response is here http://bit.ly/cVoWrc.” Well, I better not ignore that call to action… Stearns is referring to Alan Mutter’s item this week on his Newsosaurus blog, “Non-profits can’t possibly save the news,” in which…

My blog earned $65.08 via crowd-funding

The amount isn’t enough to quit my day job, but this, my personal blog, actually brought in some money today. It’s always been a side activity for me, where I write about digital media and news innovation (mostly), and it complements other things I do that do bring in money. The $65.08 deposit into my…

Overpriced 14-year-old book (mine) on eBay?!

Queue up the “eBay Song” by Weird Al Yankovic. … An eBay oddity landed in my inbox today in the form of a Google Alert e-mail that I have set to watch for when my name turns up in articles, blogs, etc. Included was a link to this page on eBay where an online bookseller…

iPhone app business models improving

Recently, I’ve been noticing new iPhone apps coming to market that are adopting interesting business models. Generally, they can be categorized as using the “freemium” (or semi-freemium) model; i.e., they give away some valuable content and entice you to upgrade for more and better features. 1. This American Life iPhone app. … This app costs…

Report from my latest gig: Digital Media Test Kitchen

While I’ve mentioned it a time or two on Twitter, I haven’t written much about the Digital Media Test Kitchen, which the University of Colorado School of Journalism & Mass Communication and I are building. Recently, I got the go-ahead to open up the website and blog for the Test Kitchen and start to spread…

A new way to comment: Like it? Don’t? …

(Update: I’m finding this application to be buggy on my WordPress blog, so I’ve turned it off for now. I might try it again if the developers improve it.) I’m fond of trying out new technologies and digital services, and I’m often willing to use this blog as a sandbox. So today I’ve installed a…

Investigative reporting = premium paid content?

Within reports of MediaNews Group about to institute a metered paywall at a couple of its newspapers by May is something disturbing. This excerpt is from a Bloomberg report about the newspaper chain’s plans: “The newspapers, in York, Pennsylvania, and Chico, California, will give users free access to as many as 25 ‘premium’ articles monthly,…

NYT paywall quote of the week

This is a quickie. … With all the fuss this week made over the New York Times’ decision to develop and implement a metered paywall on NYTimes.com in 2011, my favorite line comes from a colleague who shall remain unnamed: “Maybe the NYTimes is much more clever than we think. They say they are going…

Personalized news and why the iPad is no savior

If any traditional news publishers are still thinking that the Apple tablet — finally, it has a (strange) name, iPad — points to their salvation by bringing a new business model, they’ll likely be proven wrong. No doubt, the iPad is an incredible, slick piece of technology. It’s not the “Jesus Tablet” that many of…

NYTimes.com’s decision: Preliminary thoughts

So the long-awaited (well, at least by many of us media geeks) decision by NYTimes.com has been announced. And the winner is: THE METERED PAYWALL! According to the Times’ own report, by Richard Perez-Pena: “Starting in early 2011, visitors to NYTimes.com will get a certain number of articles free every month before being asked to…

If NYTimes.com does put up a metered wall…

“New York Times Ready to Charge Online Readers,” said NYMag.com’s Daily Intel in a Sunday report. I’m not sure whether to believe the story or not, but since there’s no definitive word from NYT executives yet, let’s play along and pretend this is an accurate report: NYTimes.com this spring will launch a “metered” web payment…

A golden age for news start-ups? The impact of another newspaper bankruptcy

I can’t say I’m surprised that Denver-based MediaNews Group (well, technically its holding company, Affiliated Media Inc.) has said that it will file for bankruptcy protection. The Wall Street Journal has a report on the latest newspaper-industry dour development, pointing out that the Hearst Corp. has $400 million in equity and debt tied to MediaNews,…