Category Archives: web 2.0

SofaTube: A different way of looking at content

When you have a spare minute, drop by the new SofaTube, a service that swipes YouTube and Revver videos and completely reconfigures the layout to make it more viewable from far away (hence, on your sofa).SofaTube is apparently being marketed … Continue reading

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Examining the relationship between writer and message board troll

Salon’s Gary Kayima has written a thoughtful, well-written (if somewhat long) piece examining how the outpouring of public commentary is affecting writers’ relationships with their readers. Also, make sure to browse through the comments. Some highlights from his article: “All … Continue reading

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Martin Luther strikes back at Joel Stein

Oh, the irony. Joel Stein, in his rant against hordes of opinionated Web users, cited Martin Luther and his theses in arguing that a piece should stand alone without commentary. And along comes economics/politics blogger Brad DeLong to give Stein … Continue reading

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A blog, by any other name…

When does a blog think it’s a blog, but really it isn’t? TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington and Zoli Erdos are pointing the finger at the Google Blog, asking if it truly is a blog. Why? Because they don’t allow comments. Michael … Continue reading

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Top Digg users banned for itchy palms

A couple of Digg‘s most loyal users have been banned because they’ve apparently taken money for posting articles. Along with instances of phony articles appearing, it seems as if Digg has had its hands full containing some of the mayhem … Continue reading

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‘You’ was Time’s best choice

Many of the “You”s are upset with Time magazine’s choice. The blogosphere is aflame with ridicule for Time magazine’s choice for Person of the Year, “You,” an allusion to the explosion of user-generated content on the Web. It feels as … Continue reading

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Yahoo! strikes down message boards

Is there a possible trend brewing here? Yahoo! News announced it has nuked its message boards because they have been causing “a small number of vocal users to dominate the discussion.” The Arizona Daily Star recently zapped ts boards as … Continue reading

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Should newspapers follow the MySpace example?

As newspapers increasingly ramp out Web 2.0 features, Ryan Sholin ponders whether we should be following MySpace’s example and start ramping out our own social networks. I’d argue that, if we were to prioritize our efforts, we should be emulating … Continue reading

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‘You’ is Time’s Person of the Year

Well this is a lot cooler than “The Whistleblowers” or the Ayatollah. TIME magazine has decided that Web users, or “You” are this year’s Person of the Year, thanks to the emergence of blogs and YouTube as a political and … Continue reading

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Daily Star zaps reader comments

The Arizona Daily Star, apparently fed up with the army of trolls on its message boards, has delivered the online equivalent of capital punishment: it has shut down several of its boards. The reason, from executive editor Bobbie Jo Buel: … Continue reading

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Fort Myers News-Press works its mojo … yeah, baby!

Check out this Washington Post article documenting the efforts of the mojos (that’s buzzspeak for “mobile journalists”) at Gannett’s Fort Myers News Press. This hardy group of young journalists roams the city with Kevin Sites-like gear bags and reports on … Continue reading

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Will users work for content and like it?

[UPDATE: 12-2-06, 11:28 p.m. —  Some good discussion is going on in the comments.]   Would making users jump through a few hoops make your content more valuable and more viewed? Amy Gahran from Poynter writes about an, an e-mail service that … Continue reading

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