Highlights of the projects presented during June’s Future of News and Civic Media conference at MIT.
All of the Gawker Media sites have a new commenting system. As explained on gawker.com, “we the editors are taking control back”. As a site gets bigger, the comments tend to get busier — and sometimes more annoying. Our titles are no exception. Deadspin’s had to contend with a war between the daytime and nighttime […]
Andy Plesser of Beet.TV quotes a statement by CNN that page views for its user-generated iReport site reached one million on Monday, driven by coverage of post-election protests in Iran. To put this in perspective, iReport (which was launched in February 2008) averaged 316,000 page views per day in 2008 (9.6 million per month) according […]
CBC Radio launches a two-part series tomorrow on News 2.0: The Future of News in an Age of Social Media What is now called the “mainstream media” has lost its control over the tools of its trade, and its importance as a centre of social and political influence. The business and philosophical model both appear […]
AOL Canada is redesigning its portal, aol.ca, to offer Canadian visitors the same improvements introduced to aol.com last September. The changes, which AOL says are “coming soon”, look good. They extend the portal concept beyond content and services provided by AOL, enabling you to manage a wide range of online activity from what the company […]
The one-hour video Us Now is an excellent primer on web-enabled social innovation, with examples that include Couch Surfing, Slice the Pie and Zopa. And for a taste of participatory democracy, there’s the remarkable Ebbsfleet United, “the world’s first and only web community-owned football club” (not to mention FA Trophy winners).
I’ve been playing with the new Wolfram Alpha “computational knowledge engine” and I think one of the best terms to describe it is straight out of the 1960s: “mind blowing”. Wolfram Alpha is not about searching for web pages (Google is still pretty good at that) but, rather, about getting answers to numerical questions, computed […]
Coming very soon, the Toronto Star will make its videos available for embedding, just like this one from November, 2008. Note: May not work in Firefox
The latest McKinsey Quarterly analyses the benefits to business of Web 2.0 technologies (see chart below)… … and offers six tips on how to get the most from them: The transformation to a bottom-up culture needs help from the top. The best uses come from users—but they require help to scale. What’s in the workflow […]
Research and development departments are not something one generally associates with newspaper companies – even those that have remodelled themselves as multi-channel news companies. But at the New York Times, Nick Bilton leads a team designing technologies “that will become commonplace in a 24-48-month time frame.” Another sign that the Times is investing now for […]