This article talks about how the Seattle Times set up Facebook groups for high school alumni years (class of 2005, etc.) in order to gather people in one place and eventually mine them for info. Ostensibly these groups also became places where those people simply connected with each other. Given the explosion of VOA’s Facebook event page for the Egypt elections as a place for Egyptians to connect and share (and vent), I wonder if news orgs should think harder about how to create these types spaces for people, not to milk them for info but just as a service to bring them together (although hopefully they won’t mind if we tap them for participation every once in a while).
Further to the thoughts from last week (maybe slightly longer ago than that? anyone else have the feeling lately that time has lost all meaning?) about why no one’s thinking harder about new ways to present information that aren’t articles.