will it play in peoria?

By on Aug 15, 2007 in Uncategorized |

holiday in peoria Originally uploaded by robinhamman I’m taking a short break to visit my home town for the first time in many years. Back soon!

links for 2007-08-15

By on Aug 15, 2007 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Getting social networking sites to socialize “each network is effectively a “walled garden,” where the benefits of the network are artificially limited by the inability to link a friend in Facebook with one in MySpace.” (tags: facebook socialnetworking socialsoftware onlinecommunity onlinecommunitymanagement) Will closed networks hurt themselves or lead to Web 3.0? Via Marketing Conversation – New Marketing and Social Media by Abraham Harrison LLC It’s about closed platforms vs. open standards. It’s about how we communicate via email, blogs, etc. vs. who gets access to that communication. It’s about social networks and the advantages and disadvantages they bring. (tags: socialnetworking socialsoftware facebook myspace twitter jaiku pownce) Online Community Metrics Survey 2007 (tags: onlinecommunity onlinecommunitymanagement statistics) Sky News wants Second Life citizen journalists Virtual news hounds need to collect a Sky News microphone from the foyer of the Sky’s virtual newsroom and put together a two-minute piece. (tags: sky news2.0 secondlife virtualworlds citizenjournalism) Getting the Audience Involved in Telling the Story (or mapping crumbling infrastructure) “because you have your audience contributing vast amounts of information you never could have gathered on your own, you can see patterns that also become stories…” (tags: citizenjournalism networkedjournalism buzzmachine journalismtraining) BuzzMachine: International news brands – US visitors to UK sites “One other less-than-welcome revelation is that as much as a quarter of the US traffic driven towards British papers is due to references on the Drudge Report, the notoriously unreliable political gossip site.” (tags: Journalism newspapers newspaperwebsites statistics buzzmachine) Top 10 British dotcoms to watch | Technology | Guardian Unlimited Britain’s internet entrepreneurs are no longer languishing in the dot com doldrums, but have emerged revitalised and ready for another round. Bobbie Johnson surveys the scene and lists the top 10 British dotcoms to keep track of. (tags: bobbiejohnson guardian web2.0 socialsoftware) Summary of Findings: Internet News Audience Highly Critical of News Organizations People who rely on the internet as their main news source express relatively unfavorable opinions of mainstream news sources and are among the most critical of press performance. (tags: pewinternet newspaperbusiness news2.0 trust journalism statistics) fring mobile voip – make free mobile calls and IM to other fringsters, Skype, Google Talk, MSN, SIP & Twitter contacts fring™, a free mobile VoIP software, allows you to talk & IM via your handset’s internet connection to other mobile phones and PC-based services such as Skype®, MSN® Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk™, SIP and Twitter, at no extra cost. (tags: voip mobile twitter tools skype) BBC Editors Blog: Helen Boaden Quotes, Responds to Iain Dale’s Blog Post “In a blog post entitled How BBC does Labour’s dirty work, Iain Dale wrote that our coverage on Sunday of John Redwood’s proposals to cut £14bn in red tape gave undue prominence to the Labour party’s reaction to them…” (tags: transparency politics iaindale bbcblogs bbcnews) PCC makes first ruling on web video footage In the first ruling of its kind, the Press Complaints Commission has criticised a local newspaper for publishing controversial mobile phone footage carried on its website. (tags: journalisttraining mobile video internetlaw law usergeneratedcontent citizenjournalism) Center for Citizen Media: Help Us Learn Who’s Editing Wikipedia “offers users a searchable database that ties millions of anonymous Wikipedia edits to organizations where those edits apparently originated, by cross-referencing the edits with data on who owns the associated block of internet IP addresses…” (tags: citizenjournalism transparency Wikipedia) BBC links to Bebo page whilst family asks for an end to publicity over story Shame then that the BBC have posted a direct link to Patrick Devine’s Bebo site. This might just be the thin end of the wedge. How long until everyone involved in a news story has links posted to their online presence? (tags: bbc bbcnews bebo socialnetworking journalisttraining) Olswang: Illegal Website Content and Liability for Owners “Recent convictions for incitement of terrorism via the Internet highlight some wider issues about the liability of websites for material posted by third parties. We consider the hosting defence…” (tags: usergeneratedcontent onlinecommunitymanagement onlinediscussion internetlaw internetlibel law) Under the Influence: thinking about a technorati like measurement for socialnetworks “…A formula that combines and weights a person’s presence on all these different services would come up with a ranking that embraces far more than the position of their blog in the Technorati hit chart…” (tags: socialnetworking blogging technorati linking measurement...

links for 2007-08-14

By on Aug 14, 2007 in Uncategorized |

MoD issues gag order on armed forces | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited Soldiers, sailors and airforce personnel will not be able to blog, take part in surveys, speak in public, post on bulletin boards, play in multi-player computer games or send text messages or photographs without the permission of a superior if the informa (tags: guardian defense bloggingguidelines blogging socialsoftware law) Neil Thurman | recent publications – City University London Paid content strategies for news websites: An empirical study of British newspapers’ online business models. (tags: newspaperwebsites newspaperbusiness news2.0 aca) Center for Citizen Media: Blog » Blog Archive » Berkman Center Looking for Media Fellow But after years of hard work and substantial investment, has citizen media lived up to that hope? Has power really shifted from the center to the edge? Has the conversation become more informed and inspired? (tags: harvard fellowship citizenjournalism academicresearch DanGillmor) Social Media And User Generated Content – conference 18 Oct, Stockholm (tags: conference sweden socialmedia socialsoftware usergeneratedcontent onlinecommunitymanagement) Mind the Alt Tag (Daily Mail example from And the alt-tag applied to the picture of Monica McCanch by a journalist, sub-editor, or web editor of the newspaper on the Daily Mail homepage? “thingy” (tags: photos newspaperwebsites...

digital rights management protestors

By on Aug 14, 2007 in Uncategorized |

CIMG1599.JPG Originally uploaded by mattcashmore Digital Rights Management (DRM) protesters stopped by BBC Television Centre in London this morning… More photos here

missing? washington post’s technorati supplied “who’s blogging”

By on Aug 14, 2007 in blogging, blogging techniques, journalism, newspapers | 4 comments

<I started a post about social bookmarking but ended up writing about the apparent disappearance of technorati from the Washington Post’s article pages – jump down to normal text for the WP stuff> I’m a big fan of social bookmarking and recommendation tools, in particular, so am pleased to see links to them on news and media company websites as this could help drive new users to these tools and help take them mainstream. One trend I have noticed amongst mainstream media sites in the UK is that the ones linking to such services (BBC Blogs, Telegraph BlogsThe Daily Mail ) all link to the same five social bookmarking services:, Digg, Newsvine, NowPublic and Reddit. On the other side of the Atlantic, The Washington Post links to, Digg and Reddit but also adds Google, Yahoo! and Facebook to the mix. Whilst visiting to see who the Washington Post was linking to, I noticed that the "who’s blogging" feature provided by Technorati (see screenshot) now seems to be missing from the Washington Post’s pages. I might be wrong on this, but half an hour of looking at page after page from the last week or so didn’t turn up any sign of technorati supplied links. I’ve often used the Washington Post as an example during presentations on how mainstream media organisations can bring the voices and opinions of bloggers into their article pages. It would be a real shame if they’ve now stopped using this feature. The incorporation of links provided by Technorati into Washington Post articles was announced back in September 2005, with some bloggers worrying that it would soon be targeted by splogs (spam blogs). My understanding, having spoken with Dave Sifry about the nuts and bolts of the system at Le Web 3 last December, was that the links that appeared in the page were moderated and/or came from white-listed blogs before appearing. The most recent article I was able to find on the Washington Post carrying the "who’s blogging" feature was from the 8th of August, nearly one week ago (the WP blogs still carry a Technorati link at the bottom of new posts). Am I just not looking in the right place? Has the deal come to an end? Are there problems with the technology or editorial reasons behind the disappearance of this feature? I dropped Rob Curley an email this morning asking if he could tell us more but if any readers happen to have some insight please feel free to comment....