Tag Archives: Blogging

Twitter’s New Platform

Last year I posted about Twitter’s development from a sparse messaging service to a mixed media circus. John Herrman of BuzzFeed picks up on the company’s evolution (tweet attachments, video, product links) and notes the great shift Twitter has taken:

“The tweet, in other words, is Twitter’s new platform. The old platform was about getting people to use Twitter. The new one is about making money from them.”

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How Yahoo Can Make Money From Tumblr

This week Yahoo acquired the popular blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Writing for the business and investment site Minyanville, Carol Kopp discusses the likely business model for Yahoo’s newest content creator.

“Here’s a little dose of financial reality for Tumblr users who are upset that their free-to-use, nearly ad-free little corner of the Internet has been bought by big, bad corporate Yahoo: One way or another, probably sooner rather than later, you’re going to pay for your free blog,” she remarks. And that dose of financial reality will come in the form of ads.

“Advertisers are willing to pay a premium to advertise to a small but self-selected group of people with an expressed interest in golf or puppies or movies.”

It’s important to mention that in March Yahoo gobbled the start-up Summly for $30 million. That company offered readers computer generated summaries of news articles, another kind of content that helps Yahoo boost its traffic.

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VentureBeat VS PandoDaily: A Twitter Tiff Over Attribution

  1. Journalists prize scoops.  It allows them to claim temporal ownership of a story, to say, with authority, “Look what I found!”  It expresses a reporter’s acumen and cunning, her connections and foresight.  But online, news aggregation is the new “reporting.”  Repackaged headlines are the new “fresh” angles. And for many sites, news scoops and insightful essays are less important than an endless drip of content — even if it’s someone else’s.
    VentureBeat and PandoDaily are not the shithole domains I’m talking about.  VB provides hard tech news and awesome, nerd-tastic game reviews.  Pando covers tech and start ups but also specializes in thoughtful commentary — on Valley business culture and trends in the social Web.  In fact, Sarah Lacy, the EiC of Pando, makes a special point of separating her site’s original reporting from stories curated from other websites.  Perhaps this is why she took issue with a story on VentureBeat that hat-tipped a Pando writer, but did not initially link to the Pando piece.  Here is the play-by-play on Twitter:
  2. sarahcuda
    wow great article on @venturebeat about my wifi costing me $60 on this flight. did they remember to delete @paulcarr’s byline? #shameless
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:06:03
  3. Here, Sean Ludwig, the author of the VB story fairly covers his butt.
  4. paulcarr
    The correct phrase, @seanludwig, is “as first reported by…”. But, y’know, w-ever.
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:09:46
  5. But Pando’s Paul Carr is still annoyed that Ludwig didn’t link him.
  6. sarahcuda
    @seanludwig @paulcarr wow that was magically deleted in my browser. guess it’s a feature of this $60 internet…
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:10:15
  7. seanludwig
    @paulcarr Updated the story with better attribution. Just trying to get the message out there. These changes are outrageous.
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:14:09
  8. It’s settled, right?
  9. dylan20
    @sarahcuda @paulcarr No conspiracy here. @seanludwig saw Paul’s tweet, took the tip, & did reporting/writing before seeing your story
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:18:31
  10. Shit gets real when Dylan Tweney, the Executive Editor of VentureBeat, gets involved.
  11. dylan20
    @sarahcuda @VentureBeat @paulcarr But now we’ve seen your story, we’re happy to add a link. Not trying to be dicks or anything. But w-ever
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:19:21
  12. The male humanoid displays passive aggression.
  13. sarahcuda
    @dylan20 @paulcarr @seanludwig didn’t suggest conspiracy. suggested “shameless”
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:19:33
  14. Lacy stands her ground.
  15. dylan20
    @sarahcuda @paulcarr @seanludwig Not that either. Just working from a Twitter tip combined with not refreshing Pando every 15 minutes
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:26:22
  16. Tweney throws in some sarcasm, essentially saying: look, Sarah, I don’t freaking scan Pando every second to see if my reporters have overlapped their reporting with your reporting.
  17. paulcarr
    @dylan20 Actually, if the initial tip was grabbed from twitter, one assumes my link to the pando story was also seen. No refresh required.
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:27:18
  18. The writer of the original story, Carr, calls Tweney out by saying: you saw my initial tweet and the link to the story, but your writer still did not link to me.
  19. Boom! Tweney hits back with the original thought that Carr tweeted, which was not a link to a story, but the initial scoop, the kernel of what the story would be.  “Details to come,” it read.
  20. dylan20
    @sarahcuda you might encourage your writers not to tweet about stories they haven’t written yet. 😉
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:32:36
  21. And to finish it off, Tweney does his best impression of Varys from Game of Thrones.
  22. sarahcuda
    note to self: if my “reporting” job is ever watching competitors’ twitter feeds hoping for stories, find new line of work
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 14:45:16
  23. PWNage!  Lacy is no push over.  She clowns on Tweney for conducting a kind of journalistic twitter trolling.

    I respect both editors for fiercely defending their writers. Too many editors throw their underlings under the guillotine after shitty blogging mishaps.  Still, this case is strange because the attribution in question was based off a twitter scoop, not a published story.  I think Lacy wins the argument, but if you take Tweney at his word, he didn’t really do anything wrong (except come off a bit hormonal).


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