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  • Hillary Hartley 11:53 pm on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , media, news, Pew Internet, presentation   

    Media Consumption After a Decade of the Internet 

    Very cool report from Pew Internet about how media consumption has changed in the last 10 years.

    I encourage you to substitute the word “government” in your head anytime you see the word “news” in the presentation. While the numbers won’t be quite right, the sentiment is spot on.

    For example, from the slides…

    How audience’s attitudes and behaviors have changed:

    • news is pervasive.
    • news is portable.
    • news is personalized.
    • news is participatory.
    • news is a social experience.

    Any of that sound familiar if you substitute “government”?

    Personally, this reinforces my thesis statement from the last post that government sites and news sites have (or at least should have) much in common. Government portals will hopefully continue to learn from the best news aggregation sites.

  • Hillary Hartley 10:09 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , news, , wsj   

    WSJ.com and Twitter @Anywhere 

    The Wall Street Journal has an interesting implementation of Twitter’s new @Anywhere platform.

    @Anywhere allows web sites to integrate Twitter seamlessly into their site with just a few lines of Javascript.

    Twitter @Anywhere is an easy to deploy solution for bringing the Twitter communication platform to your own site. Add follow buttons, hovercards, linkify @usernames, and build deeper integrations with “Connect to Twitter.” @Anywhere promotes a more engaged user base for your site.

    You can see an example of the “hovercards” if you hover over any Twitter username on the Twitter web site.  @Anywhere gives Twitter users a way to follow and engage without going to twitter.com.

    The Wall Street Journal is using @Anywhere to keep people engaged in a subject.  From Zach Seward (@zseward), outreach editor for WSJ.com:

    Reading a discrete news article is often the worst way to engage with a topic.  Let’s say you’re reading about unemployment and care about that issue.  How do you declare that interest?  What if you could *follow* the coverage the way you follow anything else these days: on Twitter.  And what if, by following the coverage, you were actually engaging with it?

    That’s how the Journal is using @anywhere: http://on.wsj.com/bjCDOX

    Reading a post about jobs? You’ll see a button.  Click that button and you have access to our jobs coverage: @JobsWSJ. Ask it questions. It’ll keep you up-to-date.

    The button on WSJ.com launches a popup that connects to Twitter via their oAuth signon system — meaning you don’t give your username and password to the WSJ, you simply authenticate the use at twitter.com.

    This is an excellent way to drive both traffic back to the WSJ, and gain followers at twitter.com.  If the @JobsWSJ account provides compelling news and information, it is an unbelieveable way for the WSJ to maintain readers and attention.

    Thanks to the @twittermedia account — which has a beautiful blog — for the tip. Read more about “the future of context” and the concept that became reality with @JobsWSJ. #futureofcontext

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