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  • clarehiler 4:17 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Follow Topics, Bloggers and Reporters: A New HuffPost Feature

    These days, even the most diligent newsreader can have trouble keeping up. Between newspapers, blogs, apps, RSS, Twitter and Facebook, the options can seem endless. And yet, frustratingly, it’s the story we most care about that so often slips through the cracks.

    That’s why HuffPost is now allowing readers to follow topics, reporters and bloggers on the site and across social platforms.

    Want a tweet every time Arianna blogs? An email when Sam Stein lands a great scoop? Or an update to your Facebook Wall when the latest news from Japan breaks?

    It’s all as simple as the click of a mouse. Here’s how the new follow features work.

    Follow Topics

    You might have already noticed the encircled + icons beside story tags. You can find them on front page stories, and above the text on article pages. Hover your mouse over a tag, and you have the option to follow it on Facebook or Twitter (in either case, we’ll start sending you updates on HuffPost).

    How does this all work?

    We’re using the latest technologies offered by both Facebook and Twitter’s application programming interfaces (APIs) to publish automatically and directly to those platforms.

    We send updates to your News Feed by using Facebook’s Open Graph protocol, automatically generating pages for each of the important topics we cover, called Big News pages. If you Like soccer, for instance, you’ll start seeing updates about the sport posted to your wall.

    With Twitter, likewise, we have created over one thousand Big News accounts — from alerts on Egypt to the latest news on airlines. When news breaks, follow your favorite topics to get instant updates on Twitter.

    Follow Bloggers and Reporters

    Any bylined story on HuffPost now includes a set of follow icons: Fan a blogger or reporter for updates on HuffPost; click RSS to scan their feed; get email notifications; hover over the Twitter icon to start following the writer; and Like the author to get updates posted in your News Feed.

    Read it here on the Huffington Post website: http://huff.to/hTyKVT

  • clarehiler 2:43 am on April 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: KOMU, Second Internet,   

    Today I used storify to chronicle a day of news in Mid Missouri. Storify is a website that gives you the tools to create a completely social media based story. Check out mine below. Would your station like to use this kind of application?

    [View the story “MO News 4-18 [via KOMU-TV]” on Storify]


  • clarehiler 7:02 pm on April 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Accessing, Generating, , , Second Internet,   

    Check out the Six Verbs You Need to Understand for the New Web

    /via http://www.spinsucks.com/social-media/six-verbs-you-need-to-understand-for-the-new-web/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20spinsucks/feed%20(Spin%20Sucks)

    1. Screening. Twenty or so years ago, the prediction would be that the web would be like TV with a gazillion channels. But it turns out “they” were wrong. The “screens in our lives are taking the web everywhere, to the screen in Starbucks, smartphones, tablets, the living room, the workplace, etc.” He predicts that one screen could rule us all and whomever invents it was be really, really wealthy.

    2. Interacting. Remember when you saw the Minority Report and thought it was impossible that you’d ever be able to manipulate images on a computer like Tom Cruise did in that movie? Well, it’s here! Kind of. Kelly refers to the way we interact with content and how the web responds by adapting to our behavior. Now it’s possible for app developers to adapt their products and solutions to our emotions and our individual needs.

    3. Sharing. Everything that can be shared, will be shared and Kelly thinks we’re at the very infant stages of this movement as demonstrated by Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare (ah ha! There are those words). This won’t come as a surprise to those of you who use the social web every day, but sharing is going to continue enhancing the value of whatever it is we do decide to share. Meaning, if I check into Starbucks every day and I become the Mayor (oh wait! I already am), the information I’m sharing, from what time I check in to what I buy, is sent to Starbucks and they begin to target me specifically when they have a sale on lattes. We’ll get even more savvy about what we share and how we share it in order to help the companies that we do business with to customize our experience.

    4. Flowing. I think Kelly uses flowing instead of streaming, which most of us are familiar with (he’s just trying to be fancy, I guess). “Streams are everywhere now, on all of those screens in the screening trend. We can watch movies, listen to music, play games, and participate in conversations by tapping into these streams on the web.”

    5. Accessing. We used to own everything. It still kills me that we bought a server (for A LOT of money) five years ago and it’s already obsolete. Now, as long as we can instantly access what we need, we don’t care if we own it. That goes for files, games, movies, books, etc. Kelly says, “If you can access your collection from anywhere by logging into the cloud, you won’t need to own it. All of the music on the planet can now fit on one six-terabyte hard disk drive in a computer you can buy for $585. But there is no reason to carry it around.”

    6. Generating. This last one is something we’re thinking a lot about as we get ready for the full launch of Spin Sucks Pro (aka Project Jack Bauer) in less than a month. Anything digital that can be copied, will be copied. We can’t prevent it. Sure, we can put in things to monitor how our information is being distributed, but we really can’t prevent people from copying illegally. So what you really need to is what we’re doing: Focus on giving users the opportunity to generate their own content so it’s personalized and customized. Paul Sutton asked me a few weeks ago where I thought content development and delivery was going and I told him we watch the music industry pretty closely. That industry has seen a complete wipe-out because of digital piracy, but musicians now can charge more for concerts, and have them more more often and in smaller venues, because that experience can’t be replicated or stolen as easily.

  • clarehiler 8:39 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Second Internet   

    Are we in the age of the “second internet?” Take a look at this research and decide for yourself.

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