links for 2009-08-22

  • Kevin: I am a huge fan of visualisations, and I see them being a larger part of what we do as journalists. They can often uncover patterns in complex sets of information. Mashable highlights some fascinating visualisations that look at Facebook, the networks, connections and sharing in that vast group of groups.
  • Kevin: Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures talks explores the idea of sharing so much of one's life on the internet. "I also understand that many people will never twitter about their golf exploits or check into restaurants via foursquare. Not everyone wants to "life stream" like I do.

    But a lot of people do. Extroversion on the web is a growing phenomenon."

links for 2009-08-20

links for 2009-08-19

  • Kevin: "National Public Radio (NPR) has just opened another means for developers to access content from a Transcript API. This API provides access to tens of thousands of transcripts from some of the most popular programs on NPR." Other radio orgs (hello BBC) should be looking at this. NPR is really moving forward with a lot of very interesting projects.
  • Kevin: Alan Mutter asks why newspapers didn't buy Everyblock, Adrian Holovaty's hyperlocal site (or micro-local as the site refers to itself). "The fact that the leading hyperlocal website was snatched up by a multimedia partnership operated by NBC and Microsoft shows a dismaying lack of imagination, foresight and, perhaps, economic resources on the part of the companies operating the nation’s struggling newspapers." And Alan continues, "With Microsoft, NBC and MSNBC feeding Everyblock resources and traffic, the site has the opportunity to take as big bite out of local news and advertising as Craig’s List took out of classified advertising."
  • Kevin: An interesting Q & A with Ewen MacAskill, the Guardian's Washington bureau chief about the Guardian's operations in the US.
  • Kevin: "Last Thursday, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals weighed in on what procedural safeguards are necessary to protect the rights of Internet users to engage in anonymous speech. In Solers, Inc. v. Doe, the D.C. high court set out a stringent standard for its lower courts to follow and emphasized that a plaintiff "must do more than simply plead his case" to unmask an anonymous speaker claimed to have violated the law."

links for 2009-08-18

links for 2009-08-17

  • Kevin: Ben Parr at Mashable loves US National Public Radio's new app. It has the day's big stories and news articles but it also has links to the 1000+ NPR radio stations, news programmes and live streams, available to listen to anywhere.
  • Kevin: Stowe Boyd writes: "But I disagree that the conventional wisdom is now that newspapers screwed up by giving away content free: that's the conventional wisdom in old school journalist circles, and perhaps nowhere else.

    I hold — along with others like Jeff Jarvis and Jay Rosen — that they are screwing up by not finding new means to compete in a horizontalized media world."

links for 2009-08-11

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links for 2009-08-03