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A new path to social media insight at Vision Critical

A new path to social media insight at Vision Critical

People who post frequently on Facebook and Twitter are more than 3 times as likely to care about being the most fashionable person in the room, compared to more passive social media users. That was one of the surprising findings that came out of a major social media...
Blackout ribbon: Avoiding grim news and spoilers

Blackout ribbon: Avoiding grim news and spoilers

There have been some horrific stories in the Canadian news recently, involving a combination of homicide, dismemberment, and some kind of atrocity towards children. Or so I gather. That’s about all I know of the latest grim news cycle, because I have very...
How to use your RSS reader to enhance community

How to use your RSS reader to enhance community

Does the Internet make our conversations richer or poorer? This is the question that has driven my research and consulting for the past fourteen years — for most of that time, focusing on how to make the Internet’s impact as constructive as possible,...

Good news for Internet users who need a boost

Happy News is a site that accentuates the positive: it promises to deliver only good news stories. You wouldn’t want to make it your only source of information, but when the endless stories of crime and conflict get you down, here’s a nice way to balance...
10 tips on how to make a great iPad app (live blog)

10 tips on how to make a great iPad app (live blog)

I’m live blogging the news app demonstrations at Hacks/Hackers Unite, where we are seeing a variety of interesting applications for news gathering and delivery. Just as interesting, we’re hearing the panel of judges reflect on what makes a compelling app,...

Demo apps for iPad news (live blog)

I’m at Hacks Hackers Unite, where a group of eighty journalists (“hacks”) and software developers (“hackers”) have spent the weekend building demo apps that show the possibilities for news gathering and delivery on the iPad. You...

DoodleBuzz offers a new way of visualizing the news

Tired of Google Reader‘s straight-ahead interface for catching up on the latest news? DoodleBuzz describes itself as a “typographic news explorer”. Type in any keywords, and then use your mouse to scribble on the screen; DoodleBuzz will present news...
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