This makes me so happy. It exactly encapsulates the way I feel. Check out these quotes:
How many people think the tragedy of 21st century America is that there isn’t enough information to consume? How many people feel a desperate need for more “content” in their lives?
I think it’s journalists who need to take up that challenge — to learn how to spin something coherent and absorbing and contained and in-the-moment and satisfying from the chaos of the world around us.
Twitter fast follow could potentially be a substitute for an SMS service, depending on whether they are able to roll it out around the world or not. A couple of thoughts:
1) The ideal frequency of posting to Twitter and the ideal frequency of sending text messages are VASTLY different. You would probably need to set up a special account just for the fast follow service (and on that note, I’m immediately going to reserve a name for a separate SMS service Twitter account)
2) I’m not optimistic about Twitter’s ability to roll this out worldwide anytime in the near future. They say they’re rolling it out internationally in coming months, but does “internationally” mean “adding a few countries that are not the US” or do they truly mean to imply worldwide? Right now the places that can receive texts from Twitter are EXTREMELY limited
However, if this does roll out worldwide, what a great way to offer an SMS service that wouldn’t cost us anything. I’ll be keeping an eye on this.
Still, the biggest thing that’s missing in the journalistic establishment is people who are good at finding all that great material, and collating it, curating it, adding value to it, linking to it, presenting it to their readers.
Great rundown of things you should think about when measuring your blog’s performance. It’s important to be able to build in your ability to measure these things from the get-go. Tomorrow will have a meeting on how to determine which of these things (and which other things) need to be measured and how to actually make sure we can measure them usefully…
A truly effective slideshow of infographics. Slate illustrates the problem of income inequality from a number of angles and investigates the causes, all through charts. It’s informative and pretty (oh, and by the way, not in flash - yes, you can do pretty without being bogged down in flash)