New research just in from eMarketer confirms that, surprise, paywalls aren’t that popular with readers in the UK. But there are hopeful signs, they write, showing that traction is slowly increasing, with the Sun and Times as examples.
‘The startup world is full of young people, money, and optimism. The media world, the vast majority of the time, is not.’ The words of an entrepreneurial young British journalist explaining why he has refused job offers from newspapers after he quit to launch his own news products. The quote comes from an insightful blog post […]
To kick off Jargon-watch, my collection of colourful emerging digital terms, I present ‘slippery content’, coined by the digital and social media strategist Tiffany St James (left) in a talk to my newspaper outlining the tools and platforms to make content richer and more consumable. ‘Slippery content’ is content that is structured in social-media friendly […]
Stat of the day
How often the newsreader app Flipboard adds a new user, according to recent stats on its blog. No wonder that Flipboard has been cited as inspiration for Facebook’s new Newsfeed. The future of the news, as they say, is social – as long as there’s lots of content with it that you can monetise. Other […]
The UX Report
Fresh from claiming the title of world’s biggest newspaper website, the Daily Mail is advancing on another digital frontier with the first results from its Mail Plus tablet app. I reviewed the app on this blog shortly after its launch in February and concluded that it had raised the bar for news apps by some […]
An app from a startup called Clinch lets users create “experience summaries” – ie lets you combine videos, pictures and content from multiple sources, based on location and time. As the report on the Next Web says, it could be an interesting tool to create collaborative video clips during public gatherings. And with print journalists now being deployed […]
The volume of digital content created this year, including video, images, social media events, and Web-enabled workloads, the equivalent to about 2.7 billion terabytes, according to IDC.
Life hacking for media jockeys
The first of my new ‘discovery of the week’ posts is on we.transfer.com, a lovely solution for transferring files to a friend without going through the extra couple of steps in DropBox or Google Drive. The service, started by a couple of Dutch entrepreneurs, shows changing pictures while you wait for the up or download. […]