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  • oiler 6:13 pm on June 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Digital Media, Flipboard, Instapaper, publishing   

    The Power of Online Content, Offline 

    A busy Monday morning for technology and media. To start things off, the NY Times has announced a deal with Flipboard that will make their full content only available to subscribers while on that platform. And as a counterpoint to that move Conde Nast is now pulling full content from the New Yorker and Wired out of Flipboard in fear that it’s stealing eyes from the content on their own apps.

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  • oiler 4:59 pm on June 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Digital Media, newspapers   

    On the front lines of the digital sales challenge 

    This is a popular topic of conversation in the media today:

    From GigaOm: The chart that explains media’s addiction to print

    And there’s an important point being missed by many here. Let’s imagine for a second that the leaders of the industry have a great epiphany over the weekend and come back on Monday will a brilliant silver-bullet to solve the advertising crisis newspapers face as they move from print to digital.

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  • oiler 2:23 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Digital Media, sportswriting   

    Standing around and waiting, watching 

    Cutting to the chase of this widely discussed (in the hockey world, at least) rant from the esteemed Roy MacGregor at the Globe and Mail:

    [Leonard] Koppett, the brilliant New York Times and Oakland Tribune sportswriter who died shortly after his book appeared in 2003, was particularly prescient, seeing that the overload of media in dressing rooms was killing thoughtful exchange. He also believed that “excessive use of statistics, if not checked, may turn out to be a fatal malady.” It’s certainly getting close.

    But Koppett also wrote, “The secret of good reporting is simply being around.”

    Hanging out, he said, is “how a writer learns to know what he needs, what and how to write about it, to evaluate relevance and fairness, and how to distinguish the important from the trivial.”

    It’s a fine sentiment, sir, and we’d certainly be happy to try it if we didn’t have to tweet, blog, upload video, edit audio and continually check our BlackBerrys.

    Maybe it’s because I had the pleasure of getting to know and learning from Erik Erlendsson that I’m optimistic sportswriters will figure this all out.

    The notion should be that you don’t have to “tweet, blog, upload video, edit audio” every day. But you should be doing something every day (that’s called work). Why post a photo when there’s nothing of real value to see. Choose your media wisely. Oh, and obviously, stop using a Blackberry.

    I spent a ton of time the last two years standing around in locker room hallways, waiting. And learning. There is still no shortage of time spent by sportswriters bullshitting. And there is no lack of a better word there. That is the best word. Sports media folk are some of the world’s best bullshitters. So even though MacGregor proclaims himself not to be one, a Luddite’s fears of new technology come from a lack of understanding of it. Good storytellers should be good enough to know when, why and how they are telling any story. Writing 500 words is just option A. You can tell a great story by editing 25 minutes of interview footage into a meaningful two minutes.

    Capture what you know.
    I guess that’s the new ‘write what you know’ mantra.

  • oiler 4:00 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Digital Media   

    Why Digital Talent Doesn’t Want To Work At Your Company from Aaron Shapiro.

    Digital talent won’t want to work at your company if:

    • Every element of their work will be pored over by multiple layers of bureaucracy.
    • Mediocre is good enough.
    • Trial and error is condemned.
    • Your company is structured so it takes a lifetime to get to the top, and as such there are no digital experts in company-wide leadership positions.
    • Your offices are cold, impersonal and downright stodgy.
  • oiler 2:00 pm on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Digital Media, ,   

    Compare and contrast:

    Twitter announced on Tuesday that they were rolling out a long-awaited analytics platform for link their shortener.
    We have to wait months to see it and use it.

    Facebook announces today that they have added a long-awaited ‘subscribe’ feature to profiles.
    I just subscribed to a bunch of profiles.

    • magalie 2:11 pm on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure I like the subscribe feature. If there’s public stuff I want people to see, I tweet it. But good for facebook of trying to win back some of that market, but for me facebook has become just for family and friends.

    • oiler 2:14 pm on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with using FB mostly for family and friends but I do like the feature. It solves the problem for public people who don’t want to have to maintain a fan page… which is a very Wall-oriented, public community.

    • magalie 2:22 pm on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good point, time to start building a Magalie fan base.

  • oiler 1:55 pm on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Digital Media,   

    It’s amazing how fast things can change in the digital space.
    I step away for a long lunch with my parents and everything changes as Facebook announces a subscribe button. And on top of that, I've got 13 newly opened tabs to read that were linked to within the last 90 minutes from people I follow on Twitter.

  • oiler 3:11 pm on September 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 9-11, Digital Media   

    How 9/11 helped to change the media landscape.

    I bought my first laptop a week after 9-11.
    Was in NY at the time. Didn’t want to miss out any more.

  • oiler 5:10 pm on August 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Commenting, Digital Media, , Usernames   

    Hello, my name is oiler 

    I’m on vacation this week, and swore I’d stay off the internet as much as possible.

    But this one got me.

    Clay Shirky tweeted two links this afternoon to stories on the topic of real names on the internet.

    The first one:

    The link points to this post by Danah Boyd titled “Real Names Policies Are an Abuse of Power”.

    In it, Ms. Boyd notes that she is a high school teacher (and government employee) and a rape victim. She brings up many good points about the need for privacy on the web, especially as it pertains to women.

    The overall case Ms. Boyd argues specifically against Google+ is strengthened by the search company’s apparent lack of gender diversity (willingly or unwillingly is immaterial). Their real-name enforcement policies seem to come across to me as being more naive than anything else.

    The second link from Clay Shirky:

    That links points to a Alexis Madrigal post in The Atlantic titled, Why Facebook and Google’s Concept of ‘Real Names’ Is Revolutionary.

    I’ve been a big fan of facebook commenting on websites. In theory at least. I don’t like their practice of how comments are technically displayed and stored, but that’s a separate topic.

    What I do love is the idea of using the world’s most central phonebook (eg, facebook) as a way to authenticate users across the web on sites where news is posted and comments are allowed.

    For me, reading anonymous comments is a useless practice I no longer take part in. Having worked with comments as a developer on a state-wide political campaign, city newspapers and most recently a NHL franchise’s website, I need to know more about the people behind the comments (hello, Quora) for them to matter.

    On the web, one of the most frustrating mistakes I’ve encountered as a user is when an account I’ve signed up for prohibits me from changing my username (I’m looking at you, espn). The reason for this is most likely that whomever built that system decided to make the username a primary key in the database so it can’t be changed. And that’s a mistake not only technically, but philosophically.

    You should always be able to manage your username. Like with twitter. Change the name all you want, but your followers and followings stay the same. More importantly, so do your tweets.

    Online identities are real. And they are separate.

    You don’t have to use your real name, but you should be tied to your account. Fake accounts and multiple identities are fleeting. In the end, you always go home.

    And all of this is pointing to a new site, my.nameis.me, that supports “your freedom to choose the name you use on social networks and other online services.”

    Use of real names isn’t the answer. But establishing an online identity is important. If you want that to be the same as your real life identity, fine.

    Pick Mr. Anderson or Neo. But it’s important that 90% of the internet only knows you as one.

  • oiler 9:34 am on July 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Digital Media, journalism,   

    Conversations With Media 

    On the July 27 episode of TWiG, Jeff Jarvis dropped a quote I hadn’t heard before but thought was interesting enough to write down.

    James Carey, who is a scholar and who unfortunately died a few years ago – was an expert on journalism and media – says that it’s media’s job not to inform the conversation but to be informed by the conversation that we’re having.

    This was on the heels of Jarvis’ #fuckyouwashington rant. And the Carey quote serves as an interesting meta point about the tide technology is bringing in.

    The odd thing is that just minutes before Jarvis quoted Carey, I was thinking to myself how funny it is that Jarvis has risen into such an influential role. He’s a blowhard. A self-described one, but still one nonetheless.

    He’s a guy that goes too far, too often. But yet I still listen to him because he has his ear pressed firmly to the train tracks of topics I want to know about. I come back to listen to Jarvis because of what news he brings, not to hear what he thinks about it.

    If he gets upsets about something, I want to know what it is because I’ve learned about myself that when he’s upset about a topic, I probably am interested. Even if I don’t agree.

    He’s having the conversation we’re having.

  • oiler 11:34 pm on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Digital Media, , google plus, , , unation   

    Filtering Social Networks 

    I put this up on G+ last week, but it probably deserves a place here since I still stand behind the whole ‘own your own content’ philosophy.

    Finally figured out what G+ is for (at least to me).

    The revelation comes from how I’ve trimmed my Twitter’s following list. I follow Om Malik but not GigaOm. I follow Danny Sullivan but not SearchEngineLand. On twitter, I follow people I don’t know but want to learn from.

    On Facebook, I keep up with close friends and family.

    It’s through Google Reader that I bring Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, GigaOm, the NY Times and all the other ‘brands’ into my life.

    G+ has to make that experience better. Integrate it with Reader and add a layer on top. And bring it to the workplace. I don’t want to share on FB or TW most things I see in my Reader that interest me because the audience is wrong. But if my coworkers and peers were all here, it would make sense.

    Twitter is for following. Facebook is for family. G+ is for work.

    And in the days that have passed since writing this, I’ve found myself curating my main twitter news feed even more in this direction (people over brands).

    I’ve even gone so far as to consider unfollowing TechCrunch as I’ve been skipping past their stuff more and more as I continue to rely more on Reader to scan through their headlines (I’ll still follow @parislemon though).

    And the whole ‘Brands and social media’ discussion took another turn today when Amber Osborne reminded me at lunch over what a local Tampa company called UNation is building over at their offices just north of my home town of Temple Terrace.

    In sum, I truly believe right now that people will continue to connect with individuals more as digital social media has a chance to settle in to their everyday lives and brands will be pushed into a corner of their digital social experience.

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