When Google announced it was killing Reader, some pundits wondered whether the move might mean the demise of RSS as well. Let me channel a little Monty Python so we don’t throw RSS — the original push technology that delivers content to users — on the death cart just yet. ‘I’m not dead yet’ In […]Read More ‘I’m not dead yet’: How to use RSS effectively
Since 2009, my research partner and I have been studying the changes at the Christian Science Monitor in its efforts to morph into a Web-first newsroom. Its success in increasing page views has been well documented. Using search-engine optimization and frequent news updates, its site regularly tops 30 million page views a month, and the […]Read More The phases of engagement and the best answer ever
Note: This post is another installment for the Carnival of Journalism project, where people passionate about journalism are sharing ideas in the blogosphere about ways to preserve and improve the craft. This month’s prompt: What’s the best way — or ways — to measure journalism and how? The root of journalism is truth, and the time-tested […]Read More #jcarn: Measuring journalism
It usually happens on a Sunday morning, in the quiet of the solitary kitchen. The house is asleep. The coffee is fresh. The sun is rising. And I humbly drift through the Web, aimlessly consuming content insightful and insipid. It’s not anything I intend to do. I usually start by reviewing Google+ or scanning the […]Read More Free surfing: Where does your brain go?
In the quest for page views and visitors, bloggers and content creators skate the ethical borders. They steal content. They create meaningless lists. They perpetuate inaccuracy with statistically ridiculous online polls. Do not nibble on these cognitive candy bars; they make for flabby brains. So I offer you a post that is not pilfered, that […]Read More Five ways to detect Internet BS
In my classes, I often mention the importance of blogs as a news medium. Then comes the inevitable follow-up question from my students: “How do you find good blogs?” I point them to Technorati, an aggregator of the best in blog content. The site uses an “authority” calculation based on linking and other measures to […]Read More Get noticed with Technorati (TQBQQQS2KR9K)
Most tweets exist in the Twittersphere for a few hours. They enter followers’ streams with dozens of others, soon to be cleared out by the latest links, thoughts, and observations of other Twitterers. Some may last a bit longer in the form of retweets. But a rare few survive for weeks as retweeted retweets, restatements, […]Read More The most powerful tweet in the world: Chuck Norris, the iPhone 4 and @ceoSteveJobs