Such a great idea. Slacker is giving paid subscribers the ability to insert 5-minute newscasts from ABC into their music channels. So you would get your headlines on the hour or something like that. This came up on my Slacker station the other day, as part of a free trial of the service, and I loved the concept.
Very clever. Must remember to look into whether similar music services operate in our target regions that we could tap into in this way.
Also, just the other day we were discussing innovative ways to present radio programming on online platforms, and one of the key things we came up with is part of what’s being applied here - being able to break streams up into their component parts and associate appropriate metadata.
A lot of radio programming is broadcast to TV sets now, especially over satellite. Some stations are setting it up so while their stream is playing, the TV screen shows other information from them, like an RSS feed of news or something. But what if we could set it up so while a story is playing, the screen shows additional information about the story? Photos, videos, data, etc.? That would be real value-added.
Who knew that all those drawings I do on napkins before designing something is actually a necessary part of the process with an actual name? Maybe next time I’ll graduate to one of these instead of using the spare paper towels on my desk
I’m getting more and more skeptical about the value of inline links. Not about link journalism, which I think is the future (context! curation! yes, please!), but about the presentation of those links inline as hyperlinked text. Here’s why:
1) Hyperlinked text often doesn’t tell you exactly what you’re getting when you click on it.
Check out this post from Geekologie, one of my favorite blogs as an example. The hyperlinked words are “pot” “pr0n” “sign” and “road.” In not a single one of those cases do I know clearly what I’ll get if I click.
2) Hyperlinked text in the middle of a sentence or paragraph disrupts the flow of your thinking.
When a part of a sentence is hyperlinked, you have to stop for a second and think whether you want to leave what you’re currently reading smack in the middle to go read something else. Sure, you can open it in a new tab to set it aside for later, but it’s still disruptive to the flow (and not everyone is a compulsive tab collector like I am).
I don’t think I agree with that either. By the time I get to the end, I’m not sure I would remember why each link is supposed to be relevant.
There was a great piece I read that I wish I could resurrect, but can’t seem to find anymore, that described a usability study testing link placement on an article. The three options were inline, at the end, or in a sidebar. If I’m remembering correctly, they found that inline were the least usable, and endnotes and sidebars were equally usable.
My suggestion is what I’ve been doing here:
When the hyperlink is to something that illustrates a point, include it as an inset immediately after the relevant text. This way, the reader gets to finish your argument before being directed to the example, and he/she gets more information about what the link will be.
I still included inline links in places where I was paraphrasing or referring to information from a specific article. The reader doesn’t need to access the article, because I’m already including the information they need to know, but the link is there as a courtesy and a reference. I guess these types of links could be done as insets as well, but I like the idea of keeping a distinction between source material that the reader doesn’t need to access and featured external material that will enrich the reader’s understanding.
Does creative commons mean Vimeo videos are going to be more likely to be distributed and reused? And if so, do we want to be on there as a way to get our content wider visibility through 3rd party use?
Nice breakdown of the roles a community/social media manager needs to fill. Clarifies exactly what I was thinking this morning, which is that I’ve been somewhat remiss in the outreach functions of our social media (what he calls the “friend” and the “recruiter”). Now that I’ve got the editorial/curation bit down pat, it’s time to take a step back and look at the other parts.