links for 2010-06-04

  • Kevin: Mark Davis has a brilliantly brief but insightful post. As he points out, survival of newspapers still will depend on what it always has "connecting businesses to consumers". I tend to think more of this will be transactional rather than simple branding, but I agree with him.
  • Kevin: Another insightful and critical article looking at iPad 'app' design. I'd have to agree that the first generation of magazine apps is little more than multimedia brochure-ware. It really is as many predicted a throw-back to the CD-ROM era of the early 1990s. I still am completely amazed that Wired charges you $5 for a deck of image files. The articles aren't text but images of pages. It's a ridiculous retrograde step, and frankly, I think the market will punish them, as well it should. The print fundamentalists are hijacking digital. They might make some money in the short term, but it will be a brief victory.
  • Kevin: A good overview of how to geotag your photos. The author uses a Eye-Fi Explorer SD card tethered to his Android phone to automatically tag photos. I have a geotagger from GiSTeq, and frankly, I think that solution is a bit easier and overall less expensive than a special purpose SD card and an Android phone. It also isn't reliant on a data connection, just GPS. However, this article is chock full of good details on how to geo-tag photos.
  • Kevin: My former colleague Charles Arthur has an interesting post looking at how Digg just lost a third of its visitors in a month. A blip or a sign of decline? Charles' quote form webmagazine provides a bit more critical detail. They imply that it was a bit of a traffic ponzi scheme with Diggers sending traffic to each others' sites. I guess we'll have to wait for next months's figures to see if we have the two data points that make up a trend in the minds of most journalists.
  • Kevin: The Austin-American Statesman in Texas is working with location based network Gowalla (also based in Austin). The project aims to help locals "explore the city and discover new spots of interest". Users collect pins to show where they have been, and if they complete a 'trip', they earn a special badge. The paper has created a set of eight trips that will highlight local attractions based on content from the newspaper