For the purposes of the study, they classified Twitter users into “elite” or “ordinary”, breaking elite users into the categories media, celebrities, organisations and bloggers.
One of the more interesting things looked at in the report is the lifespan of content, and what they found with media-related tweets.
“We find that different categories of users emphasize different types of content, and that different content types exhibit dramatically different characteric lifespans, ranging from less than a day to months.”
In its conclusion, the report found that “media-originated URLs are disproportiantely represented among short-lived URLs”.
We also find that different types of content exhibit very different lifespans: media-originated URLs are disproportionately represented among short-lived URLs while those originated by bloggers tend to be overrepresented among long-lived URLs. Finally, we find that the longest-lived URLs are dominated by content such as videos and music, which are continually being rediscovered by Twitter users and appear to persist indefinitely.
That can be seen in this figure, generated by unshortening 35,000 URLs that “lived” at least 200 days, and mapping them to 21,034 domains.
This is an absolutely must-see TED talk. Having seen a preview a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to see the amazing data visualisations that would come out of five years of video and audio analysis around a baby learning how to talk.
That was cool enough. What I didn’t expect was how Deb Roy has since applied his research in language acquisition to the intersection of public
media and online conversations. Think ABC’s #QandA on steroids, but instead of just monitoring or displaying the hashtag, it’s mapping every public conversation and connection that’s taking place around a program or individual broadcast.
The screengrab above is from the presentation, and shows the connections being made with an individual piece of content.
In many ways, 2010 was finally the year of mobile for news media […] In 2011, the focus on mobile will continue to grow […] but the greater focus for news media in 2011 will be on re-imagining its approach to the open social web.
It surprises me how many really smart people I meet still doubt the power of Twitter. I think some of this stems from the early days of Twitter when it was presumed that it was a technology to tell people what you ate for lunch.
For me, curation is part of the all-important process of telling stories and connecting people around these stories. Storytelling is about involving people, finding out new information and providing context so people can find out why that particular story is meaningful to them. Storify is one of the new curation tools.
developed nations are fragmenting while developing ones are booming. This is as true for TV and newspapers (newspapers!) as it is for online video and mobile phones, the latter of which is poised to become the most ubiquitous media device in history.
As the definition of journalism is changing, so is our understanding of what constitutes a news story.
Technologists, reporters and citizen journalists continued to push the boundaries of innovative storytelling this year.
Online ad spending is about to overtake total ad spending for newspapers.
So says eMarketer, which predicts that Web ad dollars will hit $25.8 billion in the U.S. in 2010, while newspaper ad dollars, for both print and online, will get to $25.7 billion.
“newspaper online interactivity report looking at Facebook fan engagement amongst the top 100 US newspapers (determined by circulation).
The aim of the study was to compare large and small newspapers across the United States by looking at the numbers of fans that interacted with the newspaper and amongst themselves via posted content on Facebook Fan pages. “
“Beats form the backbone of a newsroom, so what happens when resources shrink, new voices emerge and platforms multiply? Which topics stick around? What new beats emerge? As Twitter cranks up the demand for constant interaction, how do beat reporters handle the daily grind? How do journalists connect with news consumers in a time of information overload? “
“Out of London, an interesting set of documents forms a study of online network neighborhood news sites, how people use them and the impact on those who do use them.
[…] the general thrust is this: “The research shows that they serve to enhance the sense of belonging, democratic influence, neighbourliness and involvement in their area. Participants claim more positive attitudes towards public agencies where representatives of those agencies are engaging online.”
Part of on-going series of essays, Local Media in a Postmodern World:
“The belief expressed in this piece is that the concept of “the story” is archaic in a world of real time streams and flows of news, and if we closely examine the word, we find it completely unsuitable for new journalism.”
“The problem with journalism on the web today is that it’s being contaminated by the web form factor.
Journalism is being pushed into a space where I don’t think it should ever go, where it’s trying to support the monetization model of the Web by driving page views. “
“It shows a traditional media outlet again thinking beyond the boundaries of the print edition and even of their website. The opportunities to monetize a locally-relevant LBS (location-based service) are profound. It’s a chance for local advertisers to serve relevant messages to a hip and trendy audience in an emerging platform, but one that is custom to their community.”
1. Build a mobile version of your site.
2. Get an app version of your site.
3. Do a Skype video remote.
4. Innovate, Fail, Innovate Again.
5. Give Your Team “Innovation Time Off.”
6. Send Your Digital Media Pro to a Seminar or Convention
7. Clean Up That Site!
8. Embrace Continuous News
9. Expand Your Social Media
10. Engage Your Audience
Nearly two-thirds of internet users – 65% – have paid to download or access some kind of online content from the internet, ranging from music to games to news articles to adult material. Music, software, and apps are the most popular content that internet users have paid to access or download, although the range of paid online content is quite varied and widespread.
“Venture capitalist Fred Wilson makes exactly this point in a blog post Thursday, in which he argues that the economics around mobile platforms such as the iPhone and the iPad — and other tablets, presumably — will likely come to look a lot like the economics of the web itself, in which closing off access to content via paywalls and walled gardens has not proven to be a very successful long-term approach (with a few notable exceptions such as The Economist and the Wall Street Journal).”
So let’s stipulate that the sky is falling and will continue to do so. Rather than look back at the creative destruction that has taken place, I thought it would be worthwhile to click on the future. Here, in no particular order — because the way forward is paved with chaos — are some of the developments you and I will be talking about in the coming year.
– THE END OF VERTICALS
– HYBRIDS FOR THE NEWS HIGHWAY
– TELEVISED SOCIAL MEDIA
– THE NONLINEAR GRID
– PRINT LOOKS FOR A PAYDAY
– TRENDS TOO NUMEROUS TO ELUCIDATE
“For one thing we know that Apple has sold a lot of iPads — somewhere in the order of 13 or 14 million in nine months.
We also know — thanks to last week’s Audit Bureau of Circulations numbers — that iPad magazine sales have gone in the opposite direction. Wired’s collapse from 100,000 iPad copies in June to 23,000 in November was most dramatic”
“In recent weeks, these people say, Google has told publishers it would take a smaller slice on any sales they make of Android apps than the 30% cut Apple typically takes on iTunes sales. Google has also proposed giving publishers certain personal data about app buyers to help with marketing related products or services.”
Four predictions for how traditional news syndication will be disrupted in 2011:
– Social network for news distribution
– Human editorial judgment redux
– Free content disrupts again, but differently
– News organizations take back control
This week’s Hyperlocal Voices interview looks at the long-running SE1 website, which boasts half a million visits every month. Despite being over 12 years old, the site remains at the cutting edge of online journalism, being among the first experimenters with the Google Maps API and Audioboo.
“Sometimes users just want to drop quick notes that represent data points allowing them to enter details later. For instance: the locations of wells while touring a rural village, or potholes around a metropolitan city, or simply dropping pins while on a vacation for the memories of where to return to. Crowdmap:CI is an attempt to make this data entry process quicker, allowing users to focus on location first, and everything else later.”
“a co-op to support the emerging local news ecosystem in otherwise-deprived New Jersey.
The idea is that the scattered, independent members of that ecosystem need help to (1) curate and share the best of what they do across all media and get them more attention; (2) organize them to create collaborative works of journalism; to train them in skills from journalism to new media to business; and (3) begin to fill in the blanks that the ecosystem and the market leave with beat reporting and investigations.”
“the following questions from a journalist, and my answers, were worth publishing in case anyone has the same questions:
Q: Simon Rogers, Editor of the Datablog, said that he thinks in the future simply publishing the raw data will become acceptable journalism. Do you not think that an approach like this to raw data is lazy journalism? And equally, do you think that would be a type of journalism that the public will really be able to engage with?
A: It’s not lazy at all, and to think otherwise is pure journalistic egoism.”
“I believe that the arrival of free online video may turn out to be just as significant a media development as the arrival of print. It is creating new global communities, granting their members both the means and the motivation to step up their skills and broaden their imaginations. It is unleashing an unprecedented wave of innovation in thousands of different disciplines: some trivial, some niche in the extreme, some central to solving humanity’s problems. In short, it is boosting the net sum of global talent. It is helping the world get smarter.”
“Mr. Kedrosky: I don’t care about specials in a three-block area of Brooklyn. I just don’t care. So yes, there’s definitely a billion-dollar hyper-local ad market but the right way to see it is there’s a $15,000 local ad market. There’s a whole bunch of many, many small markets. The whole idea of many companies or people is to get 1% of a giant number, but local doesn’t work that way. “
Fantastic look at how patterns of behaviour are represented through your online social graph.
“Zach is outreach editor for The Wall Street Journal, where he helps manage the newspaper’s relationship with companies like Twitter and Foursquare. Below, he explains one way that he makes use of those and other services.”
Of the 140 staff made redundant at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 82 responded to her survey during November and December. 18 months on from the loss of their jobs at the P-I in March 2009, here’s what she found:
“What’s the biggest problem facing the journalism industry? The online explosion of content and competition, jobs cuts, the advertising crisis? According to the Online Journalism Review’s Robert Niles, there are too many journalists who are “wallowing in a culture of failure” and he urges more to step off of the familiar pathway in journalism.”
“When a PDF contains just images of text, as they do in scanned documents, then the problem isn’t just how to convert them into neat tabular data, but how to extract any text, period. In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to write a program to extract the data into tabular format.”
Should “celebrities, like the news media, be liable for what happens if they intentionally put untrue and damaging statements” on social media?
“a medical expert plans to testify that even if Love’s statements were untrue, her mental state was not “subjectively malicious” enough to justify the defamation lawsuit. That claim — something akin to an insanity defense for social media — suggests that Twitter was so appealing and addictive for Love that she had no appreciation for how the comments she posted would be received by others.”