Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Pinterest, Tumblr top Twitter for traffic referrals

Jonathan Dube of Cyberjournalist.net pointed to an interesting tidbit: Twitter came fourth in one analytics company’s measurement of global web referral traffic from social media sites. Here are the top 7: Facebook – 67 per cent Pinterest – 10.38 per cent Tumblr – 8.54 per cent Twitter – 6.99 per cent Stumbleupon Reddit YouTube See […]

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Tue, August 5 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Pinterest, Tumblr top Twitter for traffic referrals

Twitter’s future still seen as iffy by some analysts

Twitter’s share price jumped Tuesday after the social media company beat revenue and earnings expectations. But can you make everyone happy? No.

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Wed, July 30 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter’s future still seen as iffy by some analysts

More on the challenges of covering breaking news in real time

Several more good posts showed up in my Twitter feed today, talking about the Boston bombings and covering breaking news. I excerpt them here for your edification and enjoyment. Here is an earlier collection.

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Mon, April 22 2013 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

The Boston bombings – Assessing the media coverage

The Boston Marathon bombings of April 15 are the most significant terrror attack on U.S. soil since the super-terrorism event of 9/11 more than a decade ago. Much has changed on the media landscape since then, and that was reflected in how the tragedy was covered — with smartphones, crowdsourcing and Twitter, to name a […]

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Sun, April 21 2013 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Community + expert curation = Newsana

A new Toronto-based news startup held its launch party tonight – Newsana. It promises to offer a high-quality curated reading experience powered by a community of know-somethings.

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Tue, April 9 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Community + expert curation = Newsana

‘The Onion’ apologizes for a doozy of a vulgar tweet

Of all the people they could target at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, the Onion targeted nine-year-old actress Quvenzhan√© Wallis for a horrible tweet. After an hour of outrage, the online news site took it down. And on Monday, the satirical news site issued an uncharacteristically sincere apology.

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Mon, February 25 2013 » Film, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘The Onion’ apologizes for a doozy of a vulgar tweet

Social media tips for covering U.S. election night

Both of these are from the Poynter Institute: 1. The eight commandments of tweeting on Election Day 2. Six social media mistakes to avoid this Election Day Of the two, ‘six mistakes’ is the more substantial read.

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Mon, November 5 2012 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Social media tips for covering U.S. election night

Meet Violentacrez, the king troll of Reddit

Adrian Chen of Gawker has written a remarkable story about a 49-year-old family man who is responsible for some of the worst content on Reddit, the sprawling online community called the Internet’s front page.

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Sat, October 13 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Meet Violentacrez, the king troll of Reddit

The ‘dark’ social network

Web 2.0 did not mark the start of the social Internet, argues Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic. And the untraceable dark/direct sharing from tools such as instant messages and email still account for almost 70 per cent of the total social sharing at media sites, Madrigal wrote in an Oct. 12 posting.

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Sat, October 13 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The ‘dark’ social network

Ease up on the social media overdependency, news media

Craig Kanalley of the Huffington Post thinks the news media should reconsider its current obsession with social media.

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Mon, October 8 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Ease up on the social media overdependency, news media