Jay Rosen has written article that I could quote 1000 times. It's called National Explainer: A Job for Journalists on the Demand Side of News. It focuses on the huge success of an episode of "This American Life" called The Giant Pool of Money, which serves to explain the US mortgage crisis. This episode has been downloaded 50,000 times more than any other episide. Why? Because the producers (Ira Glass and Alex Blumberg) focused on explanation instead of information. When we talk about... Continue Reading
The whiteboard he used on election night 2000 (not the one above) is now a part of the Smithsonian. Tim Russert has been a staple of our Sunday mornings for years. He is someone for which I had a great deal of respect. Not only was he very, very good at his job, but it was obvious that he loved it and looked forward to it everyday. His enthusiasm was infectious. May we all be so lucky. R.I.P. Tim Russert, you were a huge inspiration.
Over the past 3 weeks or so, I've fallen for Facebook. It has continually impressed me with it's innovation, social design and growing dominance of its space. Facebook does a lot of things well, but the one thing that impresses me most is how it exposes the actions of my friends on the site. I can see it when Kris Krug joins a group or Duncan Rawlinson updates Twitter . It brings the online and public world of my friends closer to me.I can't help but think about the whole idea of stocks and... Continue Reading
Last week I participated in a Seattle Blogwalk (which I haven't yet written about- but soon!) one of the questions we asked was who had blogged about Hurricane Katrina. I raised my hand and talked about using my personal blog to let people know that our friend David Stitcher made it out of the city. I wondered at the time if there was any chance that someone who knows Dave, besides a regular reader, would be able to find that post. Since, I've been following some of what Nancy White,... Continue Reading
I really enjoyed reading the BBC interview with Tim Berners-Lee. But, I was in awe at how Mark Lawson kept trying to get him to say that he felt responsible for the bad elements of the web... But do you feel responsible? You say humanity will do whatever it does with it, do you feel responsible for what happens? You must reflect though on the law of unintended consequences because it wasn't remotely ever your intention when you started on this that so much of the web would be given over to... Continue Reading
I write that title with tongue firmly in-cheek. I do work with a couple of Fortune 500s, but Steve is reacting to the survey results that show that Google Results = Bad PR and referring to a case study I wrote a while back about using blogs to get better search results. He says: Fortune 500 companies need to tear a page out of Common Craft's Google playbook. They boosted their Google rankings by defining a niche for their blog, targeting search phrases, naming categories for each phrase, and... Continue Reading
I guess it's OK to talk about it without Chris kicking our ass now. Dave Winer has posted some that Microsoft is going to show off IE 7 at GnomeDex on Friday. I've also heard that there may be tablet-based demos too, but I'm not 100% on that. On Friday you'll see how deeply integrated RSS is in the architecture of the browser. But that's just the tip of what may turn out to be a very big iceberg. The people at Microsoft noticed something that I had seen, only peripherally -- that there were... Continue Reading
At first I took offense- like un-wired was a bad thing. Then I figured out that it meant wire-less. Woo hoo. Read the short article. The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett-Tacoma city narrowly surpassed former unwired leaders San Francisco and Portland, Ore., which finished second and fourth, respectively, in this year's ranking of the top 100 U.S. markets for wireless Internet accessibility. According to Intel's third annual "Most Unwired Cities" survey, conducted by Bert Sperling of Sperling's Best... Continue Reading
Free Wifi Close Up Originally uploaded by Lee LeFever. I stumbled upon this in a local neighborhood and was taken aback. It's part of a test being conducted in a couple of places around the city. It is supposed to bring computer users to local businesses like restaurants and laundromats. Very cool to see it happening in my backyard. More on the project here.
This is a great big shout out to the Robot Co-op for their Webby in the Social Networking category. The great guys/robots with big brains who created 43 Things deserve it and and I say more power to 'em. It blows my mind to think that just 4.5 months ago there were 139 people doing 411 things. Now, it's 21,500 doing nearly 83,000 things. Go Robots Go!