Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

Tuesday Dose of social media: Even 100-year-olds are on Twitter & social media

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 13:16 - by

Centenarians show it’s never too late to tweet — If someone 100 years old can use Twitter and social media, so can anyone. Hear that journalists:

Three percent of U.S. centenarians questioned in a new survey said they use the service that allows users to send short text messages, or tweets, of up to 140 characters at least once a week to keep in touch with their friends and family.

Another 10 percent sent emails to stay connected, 12 percent shared photos on the Internet and 4 percent downloaded music from the web.

Link from Yahoo breaks traffic records at New York Times — How does a Home & Garden story about bargain homes in undesirable locations set traffic records for a news organization? When that link comes from Yahoo!

Links are valuable. This story proves it:

Behold the power of Yahoo: A link at the top of the site’s front page helped send more than 9 million page views to The New York Times in the span of two hours last week, breaking records for web traffic at the newspaper.

Now, the Times and other papers still haven’t figured out how to monetize these traffic spikes. That’s the next frontier.

Facebook to emulate Twitter’s follower model with profile fans — It appears that Facebook will be trying to emulate Twitter even more with followers, in addition to friends:

Could it be that you will soon be able to have followers, not just friends, on Facebook too? That definitely appears to be the case. Just take a look at your email notification settings for a little proof.

Notice something different? Look closely and you’ll see the new option to receive an email notification whenever another Facebook user “Connects to me as a fan.” In other words, Facebook followers, here we come.

WARNING: New Facebook scams today, junfunrun and bulitre — Here are the latest Facebook scams to be aware of. Be careful on Facebook when it comes to clicking on links! I received one of these scam links in a private message from someone I haven’t talked to in years. That was a pretty big tip off that it was in fact a scam (plus the message made no sense).

Use common sense on the Internet.

6 gorgeous Twitter visualizations — There are a lot of really cool ways to visualize Twitter and all its tweets, but my favorite might just be Just Landed:

Just Landed is a beautiful geo-visualization of tweets containing the words “Just landed in…”. It finds the tweets containing the phrase, checks for the location they’ve landed in, and the location they were sent from, and shows all this on a 3D map of the world. For more information check out the author’s blog,

Just Landed – 36 Hours from blprnt on Vimeo.

Monday Dose of social media: Newspaper 2.0 with The New York Times

Monday, May 11, 2009 20:27 - by

Amazon tweaks its Kindle store for iPhone users — This is where and the Kindle start to really get interesting. is primarily a company that sells media like books, music and movies. This is the first salvo of Amazon moving beyond the Kindle itself for its e-book products.

Amazon may eventually sell its content on other E-Readers from companies like Sony. But this decision should make e-books more popular and may get more people to think seriously about buying an E-Reader. The biggest negative currently to newspapers putting too much hope or time into E-Readers is that not many people own them.

But if Amazon keeps broadening the amount of devices that can use its content, it may make the whole Kindle ecosystem more appealing to everyone.

The New York Times on Adobe AIR; The Paper Without the Paper — The Times Reader (now 2.0) is a different way to consume NYT content online. It’s a slick Adobe Air interface that many people may find more pleasurable to use than The Times is one of the few newspaper companies out there experimenting with new user interfaces.

The coolest feature of the Times Reader is its offline support. It makes it a good product for people who travel or who are on the go a lot and don’t have 3G service. It’s also cheaper than the NYT on the Kindle.

The Internet isn’t print. There is no reason why companies like the Times can’t have multiple UIs for its content. Different people may like different interfaces.

The Times Reader is more print like than It seems the Times is hoping that the Times Reader appeals to people who usually prefer print.

I’m not sure how many people are willing to pay $3.45 a week to subscribe to the Times Reader. If eventually requires a subscription, I could use paying for Times Reader, but as it stands right now I don’t get this strategy. But, we’ll see how this plays out, because it’s safe to say that there will be big changes in store for the Times in the next year.

In the meantime, try out the new Times Reader. It’s at least a different take on how to do a newspaper digitally.

New York Times R&D Group: Newspaper 2.0The Nieman Journalism Lab stopped by The New York Times R&D department to check out some of the new technologies and products that the Times is working on. Check out the video below to see some of the interesting stuff that the Times is working on.

New York Times R&D Group: Newspaper 2.0 from Nieman Journalism Lab on Vimeo.

Nick Bilton is design integration editor in the Research and Development Group at The New York Times. This video was recorded on May 4, 2009.

NY Times’s ‘The Local’ rough but promising

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 19:10 - by

fort-greene_main1Andy Newman is the editor of the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill version of “The Local,” a newly minted hyper-local blogging experiment by The New York Times.

“I’m about as newbie as you get,” he admitted when asked about previous blogging experience. He’s so new, in fact, that he spent the better part of this morning in Twitter and Facebook training, learning how to use social networks for online journalism.

You see, that’s the thing about The Local, it’s unapologetically experimental. Its two pilot blogs — Newman’s in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area and a second for Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange New Jersey— were born of “financial desperation,” Newman said.

They are part of The Times’ “endless search for any way to get into some enterprise that could conceivably make money.” And while this doesn’t exactly encourage trust that they know what they’re doing, it is a promising sign about the direction of the Times as a whole. After decades of God-like distance from the subjects of their reporting, the company has finally decided to gets its hands dirty in this new and very much unknown venture.

Where traditional Times credo puts professional journalists at an arm’s distance, The Local throws professionals (Newman) and amateurs (college interns and community bloggers) right into the neighborhood, albeit a bit haphazardly at this point. Internet newbie though he may be, Newman embodies this new, hands on approach. The very concept of “covering” a community is “old school,” he said. That type of distance between the subject and object won’t exist on The Local.

“Before we even launched, I spent most of the last couple months calling people in the area, having meetings, walking around and talking to people, getting them to want to contribute,” Newman said.

Plus, there’s the in the URL, “which means something to some people.” As far as current inflow of content is concerned though, he acknowledges that they “don’t quite have the hang of it yet.” Content is flowing in, but the quality and consistency varies.

This week brought with it a successful community-driven back and forth between the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, readers and the Parks Commission. The Park Conservancy’s Web master submitted a post about banning grass-ruining soccer players from the park, readers commented copiously and a follow up from the Parks Department this morning essentially said we don’t care about the soccer players, let them be.

This is the sort of hyper-local posting that’s more specific even than major Brooklyn blogs like Brownstoner and Gowanus Lounge, whose readerships Newman thinks can easily be shared with The Local.

“There’s enough of an audience that’s hungry for this stuff that they’ll read both,’ he said.

As for competing with the Clinton Hill Blog and The Real Fort Greene, The Local is counting on its consistent posting and full-time commitment as opposed to spare-time commitment to differentiate itself.

All in all, the pursuit is admirable, the timing only a little bit late and the enthusiasm level promising. Now if only they could figure out that damn Twitter device…

About BeatBlogging.Org was a grant-funded journalism project that studied how journalists used social media and other Web tools to improve beat reporting. It ran for about two years, ending in the fall of 2009.

New content is occasionally produced here by the this project's former editor Patrick Thornton. The site is still up and will remain so because many journalists and professors still use and link to the content. offers a fascinating glimpse into the former stages of journalism and social media. Today it's expected that journalists and journalism organization use social media, but just a few years ago that wasn't the case.