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How badges help news websites build community, make money

How badges help news websites build community, make money | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
"Badges can serve many purposes, but the biggest is to help a news organization define and grow its relationship with each reader. Those reader relationships are the most valuable assets of your business."
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"Given the steady fragmentation of the media, the growing paucity of jobs and the nano-ization of freelance pay, it increasingly is up to people who want to be journalists to take affirmative action to promote their work to build audiences they can monetize so they can have satisfying and remunerative careers. This presumes, of course, that said individuals have produced quality work, a subject covered thoroughly in any proper journalism program."

-- Alan Muter on "Why journalists need to build their own brands," in response to a recent dustup caused by the Washington Post's topically curmudgeonly Gene Weingarten.
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The Dawn of the Acronym Decade

Sometimes Squared is convinced our friends in Marketing are really just playing a game of Calvin Ball and make stuff up as they go along. Look at the acronyms in this story on marketing data, for example -- RTB, DSP, DMP and SSP.

Suggestion for another: WTF.
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The Internet? What's that?

Ridiculous, out-to-lunch statement of the day, from a Chicago Tribune story about its parent company reaching a deal to print the rival Sun-Times.

"Casual observers may question the partnership and see it as the end of a long rivalry, since Tribune printing press workers will get an early peek at the Sun-Times. But Brubaker said the workers will respect the confidentiality of the center's clients." "

Really? Really?? Like nobody can already get an "early peek" by looking at. . . . sun-times.com?
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How TapIn plans to master location-based news for the iPad

How TapIn plans to master location-based news for the iPad | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
Jeff Sonderman: A new iPad app released Tuesday, TapIn, takes some bold approaches to location-based news and to mobile business models. (http://sbalink.me/pkHKJl)

Ken Doctor: What if you could really let your fingers do the walking? What if you could find stuff, near you, literally at the touch of a finger? Then, maybe act on it, scheduling your life, buying things and sharing your finds and plans with others? That’s the dream that the MediaNews’ new made-for-the tablet, TapIn taps into. Potentially – and I cannot emphasize that word too much — it may become a prototypical product for the news industry, pointing a new way out of the hollowing-out landscape into which the news industry has meandered. (http://sbalink.me/nRRLHR)
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Early votes: Internet good -- not bad -- for journalism

Early votes: Internet good -- not bad -- for journalism | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
In reader votes so far, East Cost (Rosen) beating West Coast (Carr) in Economist debate over whether the internet is making journalism better. (71%-29% as of this morning). Rebuttals, closing arguments, debate continue through end of the week.
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Beginner’s guide for journalists who want to understand API documentation

"There aren’t many resources that explain API documentation to non-coders. And because the format isn’t standardized, it’s hard to write a one-size-fits-all guide to reading the manual. But assuming you’re dealing with a well-documented API, here’s an overview of how to figure it out."
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Over 500,000 businesses are on foursquare now

An interesting milestone announced by foursquare this week -- a half-million businesses signed on to offer specials, custom info, etc., on the mobile check-in service.

Doesn't say how many are in the U.S., but if it's the same proportion as foursquare's global page views -- about 30% in the States -- the 150,000 local merchants are on board.

That would seem yet another growing and potential formidable barrier between traditional local media companies (and even non-traditionals, such as Patch) and local merchants in the burgeoning mobile space. (HT @jeffsonderman)
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The New Faces of Digital Readers

The New Faces of Digital Readers | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
The Monday Note offers four takeways from a mull of recent research on use of digital devices. Verbatim:

1. There is still a long way to go for applications to match browser adoption; it is mostly a question of interface quality.

2. People expect real-time news, including in applications, or the added value needs to be outstanding.

3. Digital editions carry more of the brand attributes; but as long as they are not supported by better applications, and able to provide real time news updates, they will remain a relatively small market.

4. The advertising model needs a bigger dose of creativity: a large chunk of readers would agree to more ads as long as their publication remains free — which paves the way to reinventing the sponsoring model for digital editions or for encapsulated contents.
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As Deal With Twitter Expires, Google Realtime Search Goes Offline

As Deal With Twitter Expires, Google Realtime Search Goes Offline | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
Google says it will re-launch Realtime Search at some point and will add Google+ streams to the mix. While Tiwtter dominated, other sources in Realtime included Facebook fan pages and Google News.

Danny Sullivan thinks Twitter will be back. "One reason I’d expect Twitter would do a deal with Google sometime soon is that otherwise, people largely have no way to locate tweets that are older than a few days."
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Journalists, take another look at Tumblr

Nice job by Mindy McAdams giving her refreshed POV on Tumblr, what it really is, and why journalists should take a tumbl.

"Tumblr is not a replacement for a traditional blog, and it’s not a substitute for Twitter. Tumblr is something else — part bookmarking tool, part FriendFeed, part scrapbook, part serendipitous newsfeed. Parts of its utility are the “heart” and Reblog features, which make it ridiculously easy to note that you like a post (instantly adding a Note to that effect to the post in question) and to instantly “retweet” with the ability to replicate photos, videos, quotes, links, etc. — while perfectly preserving the original source. Tumblr is thus more socially oriented than a traditional blogging platform."
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Think, think, think

Google launches "Think Quarterly" thought leadership project.

"It’s intended to be a snapshot of what Google and other industry leaders are thinking about and inspired by today.

"The first edition focuses on the broad concept of “innovation” and provides some perspectives on how it's possible to simultaneously lead and change the direction of an industry."
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American Newspapers: Rise and Fall

American Newspapers: Rise and Fall | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
Mark Potts leads us to a nifty Stanford data viz project plotting the rise and fall of the American newspaper.
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"Writing about the Dallas Cowboys in order to take money from Ford and give it to the guy on the City Desk never made much sense, but at least it worked. Online, though, the economic and technological rationale for bundling weakens—no monopoly over local advertising, no daily allotment of space to fill, no one-size-fits-all delivery system. Newspapers, as a sheaf of unrelated content glued together with ads, aren’t just being threatened with unprofitability, but incoherence."

-- Clay Shirky in "Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic."
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Why Jim O'Shea's book isn't on my summer reading list

Why Jim O'Shea's book isn't on my summer reading list | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
Three years gone from the company that nurtured, raised and developed me for nearly 30 years, the large scab from the departure wound is still not fully healed, and ripping the bandage off by reading Jim’s book and getting agita over his view of history — and of the unvarnished history itself — probably would set back the healing.
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FOIA turns 45 today

(Sunlight Foundation) This fourth of July marks the 45th anniversary America's freedom of information law. FOIA transformed our world by giving teeth to the public's right to know. It made government prove why public information shouldn't be disclosed, instead of forcing people to justify why it should be. The internet age has brought another revolution, transforming how we expect information will be available to us. But our freedom of information laws have slowly calcified through a combination of inertia, bureaucratic reluctance, and lack of funding.
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Zuckerberg is on Google+? BFD

I can't figure out why so many people seemed so surprised that Mark Zuckerberg signed up for Google+. Do people really think that the only site or service he visits every day is Facebook? If my CEO and founder didn't stay in direct, constant, hands-on touch with the competition, I'd have serious doubt about his leadership abilities. (HT Bill Oakes)
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"Trying to make a writer or journalist’s use of social media less personal and more “professional” is not only misguided, but actually makes it less likely that any social-media usage will be effective or useful."
-- Mathew Ingram
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OC Register writer discloses she made $2 last quarter as an Amazon affiliate

Who says you can't make money online?
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