Monthly Archives: July 2009

Firefox’s Billion, Amazon’s Misstep, and Facebook’s Hole

By | July 31, 2009

Here’s another appearance on Radio Australia’s Breakfast Club, now called something else, which after a hiatus is back on every Friday—around 1.15 GMT. Here’s the audio of the segment (about 10 minutes’ worth). Here’s what I talked about: My own experiences at the hands of Facebook’s disabling team. Lawsuit: Amazon Ate My Homework – Digits – WSJ how… Read More »

Xoopit, Or Channels vs Trenches

By | July 23, 2009

I’ve been a fan of Xoopit so I guess I am a bit surprised that Yahoo! has bought it. Xoopit, for me, was the future of email. Or a part of it. (For those of you who haven’t used it, or those who didn’t “get” it, Xoopit is a plugin for Gmail—for others, too, but Gmail is the… Read More »

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By | July 17, 2009

Today’s twin bombings in Jakarta—their implications for Indonesia aside—should bring home to conventional media that social media is a multifaceted force, one that is evolving so quickly it’s fast becoming the primary channel that users tune in to for urgent news. Some conclusions to draw from Jakarta (or are reinforced by the sad episode): Social media is not… Read More »

The Heatline of a Story

By | July 12, 2009

Google, apparently prodded by the ground covered by twitter news, has introduced a feature on its Google News search results that indicates what one might call the ‘heat’ of a story—how many sources are covering it over time: As with Google Search Trends, the stories below the chart are linked to the graph via letters (although one can’t… Read More »

Journalists Citing Wikipedia: Rarely an Option

By | July 10, 2009

Reuters has just published its handbook online. A smart move (declaration of interest: I’ve done some training work for Reuters. I’ve got my old dog-eared copy on a shelf nearby.) I posted (approvingly, but without comment) a retweet from Nieman pointing out that Reuters generally forbids quoting from Wikipedia: Online information sources which rely on collaborative, voluntary and… Read More »