Monday, April 30, 2007

Reuters Acquisition of ClearForest Highlights Value of Making Unstructured Content a Real-Time Resource

Today's announcement of the acquisition of ClearForest by Reuters highlights the shifting value proposition for business information services in the face of a marketplace that needs better information and ideas to compete in a real-time economy. ClearForest is one of the pioneers of mining content from Web sites, weblogs, corporate filings and other sources for businesses seeking to make sense of the sea of content that doesn't reside in neatly structured databases. ClearForest's mining and semantic analysis techniques allow unstructured content to tell tales that can lead to faster evaluation of financial opportunities, customer support issues and other mission-critical functions. ClearForest's modules that analyze news stories to develop data that can support automated securities trading as well, underscoring the need to treat the Web and internal unstructured sources as sources of content that can have immediate impact on operations and client perceptions as much as real-time financial quotes and news tickers have had in the past.

In other words when the world is one big database everything in that database can have a potential impact on business operations. Structured databases still matter for maintaining "golden sources" of content for specialized operations but the ability of technologies such as ClearForest to create on-demand content structure are placing more pressure on subscription database suppliers to deliver more value to their clients - value that relies oftentimes on unlicensed sources of unstructured content. It's a smart move by Reuters at a good time, picking up a company with mature technology that needed a more publishing-savvy management structure to accelerate its growth to the next level.

While the fit with Reuters' existing client base is obvious, one wonders how this will play against the recent jettisoning of Reuters' interest in its Factiva joint venture with Dow Jones. I wouldn't expect anything right away in a competitive direction from Reuters to circle back against Dow Jones and other general business information competitors but expect the already generalized capabilities of ClearForest to offer Reuters some very interesting leverage points that they may use to offer high-value services to business information consumers in the not too distant future.

Headlines for 30 April 2007

Trends
ABC Reveals Big Drops in Circ in Spring 2007
Editor & Publisher
Social Networking Leaves Confines of the Computer
The New York Times*
Mixed Media: Big Media Can Survive
Forbes
Panama Not Enough To Battle Google: Yahoo Acquires RightMedia
TechCrunch
News Corp. to bring MySpace to China
IHT via Content Agenda
Joost's Advertising Model
Advertising Lab
Google nudges state governments to make public records more accessible
AP via The York Dispatch
Physician wikis: Do-it-yourself textbooks
Amednews.com
Internet Radio Bill Would Strip Artist Payments
US Newswire via Content Agenda
ABCNews.com Relaunches with Citizen Journalism
Micro Persuasion
The Latest Must-Have for Yuppies: A Blog About the Neighborhood
The New York Times*
Fast Search sides with newspapers in Web sales war
Reuters
So much for the 'new and improved' GPL
CNET News

Best Practices
New Google Natural Search Patent to Penalise Duplicate Content
Direct Traffic.org
PROMO Magazine Study Reports Large Increase in Interactive Marketing Spending
BusinessWire

Cool Tools
PikSpot Is Splashcast Plus Ning
Mashable
Discourse DB brings Semantic Web to politics
Really Simple Sidi
Find Social Network Users with YoName
Mashable
Finally, the On-Demand, Online Garage Band Gets Real
Wired Magazine

Deals, Parnerships & Sales

Reuters Advances Development of Search Capability with the Acquisition of ClearForest
BusinessWire
Pyxis and Morningstar Partner to Make Wholesalers' Lives Easier
Mutual Fund Wire
New York Times Building Is Sold for About $525 Million
WSJ Online*

Products, Markets & People
Brainshark Expands Professional Services Offerings
BusinessWire
Reuters To Launch Algorithmic News Sentiment Tool
Seeking Alpha
Baynote Delivers Profits from 'The Long Tail' with New Community-Guided eCommerce Solution
PR Newswire
Construction Business Media readies debut of 'Architectural SSL'
BtoB Online

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Headline Summary for Week of 23 April 2007

Trends

Dominance is spelled with a "G" these days...
Google Passes Microsoft, Yahoo as Most-Visited Site
Bloomberg News
Google scary now? Personal Health Records, sponsored by Google, next
ZDNet
Google rises at Yahoo's expense
CNET News
Microsoft General Counsel on DoubleClick and Antitrust: Why Did DoubleClick Turn Down Microsoft?
John Battelle's Searchblog
'Frienemy' Google Not a Threat (Yet) to Traditional Ad Sales
MediaShift

While Google eyes new arenas for expansion...
Google warns of limited innovation in enterprise content management
Computerworld UK
Google Courts Broadcasters with YouTube Ads
VNUNet

New players in online entertainment gear up for a shot at YouTube and iTunes...
Eyevio - Sony Launching YouTube Rival on Friday
Mashable
Joost gets blue-chip sponsors
IHT
Amazon set to launch online music store
Times Online
New model for sharing: Free music with ads
NY Times via Content Agenda
Jobs says Apple customers not into renting music
Reuters

Which is more significant, a few portals managing half of online ads or countless others owning the rest...?
The Short Tail of Advertising
Micro Persuasion

As social media gains more widespread trust and authority...
Pew: 1/3 of US Online Adults Consult Wikipedia
Micro Persuasion
Wikipedia ponders selling ads
Toronto Star via Content
Agenda

Traditional publishers are challenged to innovate...
USATODAY.com, Reports Traffic Spike in Registrations
Web Site Host DIrectory
Philadelphia Journalism's New Order
The New York Times*
WashingtonWatch Becomes A Wiki
Web Pro News
AllThingsD: Really Live This Time
paidContent.org

But innovation is not staunching the steady decline of print revenues...
New York Times Shareholders Withhold 42% of Votes
Bloomberg News
Tribune Opens Offer For Half of Its Shares
WSJ Online*
Two Tribune Papers Announce Job Cuts
WSJ Online*
Papers' Web Hopes Dim a Bit
WSJ Online*
Magazines, Online And Off
Forbes

Or stemming the flow of aggregation to user-defined venues...
From Many Tweets, One Loud Voice on the Internet
The New York Times*
NetVibes: In Search of the Perfect Web Page
Slate via Content Agenda
Newsvine Relaunch: Build Your Own News Site
TechCrunch
Social Bookmarks: Not for Bloggers Only
ClickZ Networks

Or the flow of investment to new content production methods...
More Thoughts On Web 2.0 Expo

Read/Write Web
Wireless Startups Searching for VC Dollars
GigaOM

The Chinese marketplace for content is heating up...
Baidu Outperforms, Revenue Doubles Year-On-Year
paidContent.org
Xinhua Finance Media Deals For Two New Regional Magazines Being Launched By China Telecom
PR Newswire via Sys-Con
Elsevier Partnership with Peking University Medical Press
WebWire
Google to Sell Online Ads on China Telecom Web Sites
Bloomberg News

But the rules of China's content game are still up for grabs...
Communist Party to 'purify' internet
Asia News
Yahoo sued for providing data on Chinese dissidents
ComputerWorld
Court orders Yahoo China to unlink 229 songs in copyright case decision
South China Morning Post

The EU tries to get its hands around piracy but its solutions may isolate Europe from innovation...
Controversial copyright directive passes European Parliament
Ars Technica
URGENT! Europeans! Last chance to save Europe from worst copyright law in the world!
BoingBoing

Fair use gets a reprieve as Viacom backs off part of a key claim against YouTube...
Comedy Central parent Viacom acknowledges it erred in asking YouTube to yank a parody
AP via LA Times

What a novel concept, don't pin your content's hope on one choke-point technology...
Glickman calls for DRM interoperability
Content Agenda

In other major trends in content this week...
Book sales rise in February
Times Record News
According to Gartner we all will go virtual
Really Simple Sidi
GE Shares Rally on Citigroup's Push for Unit Spinoffs; NBC Targeted
Bloomberg News
Yapta Will Be Awesome For Heavy Travelers
TechCrunch
How the Internet is Reshaping Real Estate
RIS Media
Simultaneous VOD release bad for DVD sales
Video Business /Content Agenda

Best Practices
Responding to Andrew Keen’s Anti-Web 2.0 Manifesto
P2P Foundation
We need open wireless
SmartMobs
The Participation Ladder and Its Impact on Marketing and PR
Micro Persuasion
iCrossing Study Finds Most Mobile Internet Users Connect to Search
Phone Content.com
Newspapers Debate Online Reader Comments
The New York Times*
OCLC’s WorldCat Local: A Promising Development for Library Patrons
Information Today
Blog Publishers Reveal Profitable, Web 2.0 Secrets to Climbing Google's Page Rank System
PR Web
User-Generated Content Delivers More Bang for Your Online Marketing Buck According to Study
MarketWire
Thoughts on the Hive Mind
O'Reilly Radar
Using Unstructured Business Content in Business Intelligence
B-eye-to-eye Network

Cool Tools
Mindtouch Launches Expanded Wiki Solution
Mashable
Meshly is Twitter Plus Digg
Mashable
Tablus Brings Next Generation Content Discovery to Large Enterprises
PR Newswire
Social Media is Proving a Big Hit for Global Corporations Inside and Out, but Risks Remain
PR Newswire
Medical software: Large content in small packages
ZDNet
View the voice of the mob
Smart Mobs
Twango: YouTube meets Flickr meets Odeo (sorta)
Download Squad
Kyte: It's Like Twitter That Moves
Read/Write Web
RIM offers BlackBerry without the BlackBerry
IT Business CA
New 3-D layers from AIA on Google Earth
Google Blog
AttenTV turns Web surfing into eerie spectator sport
CNET News

Deals, Partnerships & Sales

Autonomy Exercises Option To Buy Blinkx; Merges With Its Consumer Division; Will IPO It In London
paidContent.org
Silverchair and McGraw-Hill Launch New Online Pharmacy Education Resource for Students
PR Newswire via PR-Inside
ABM Partners With iCopyright on Anti-Piracy Tagging and Content Licensing Program for Members
MarketWire
Elsevier Selects Rightslink(R) for Online Copyright Permissions
BusinessWire
ProQuest CSA And MLA Announce Online Reference And Newspaper Deal
Managing Information
American Astronomical Society Selects Institute of Physics Publishing As New Publishing Partner
SpaceRef.com
NewspaperDirect Breaks 500-Title Mark With Addition of Singapore's Prestigious "Straits Times"
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
Reuters and Barclays Wealth Sign Global Deal for 800 Desktops
BusinessWire
MindTouch Partners with SignOnSanDiego on Strategic Wiki Initiative
BusinessWire
Yahoo, Gracenote launch lyrics service
Reuters via CNET

Products, Markets & People
ScienceDirect Embraces New Web Applications With Latest Release
PR Newswire
Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive Launches Sprig.com
PR Newswire
Salesforce.com Unveils First AppExchange Incubator - Fostering the Future of Entrepreneurship
PR Newswire
Promise of Science to search Dutch doctoral theses
Really Simple Sidi
Wolters Kluwer Health Appoints Mark Spiers as President & CEO of its Healthcare Analytics Business
PR Newswire via Sys-Con
AOL Launches AOL.in
IT News Online
IAC Advertising Solutions Announces Contextual Advertising Product
PR Newswire
Hoover's Announces "The Hoover's Index" List of the Top 1,000 Companies Most Searched
eMediaWire
Exalead Enhances one:search Platform with Addition of Vertical Search Capability
PR Newswire via TechWhack
Wiley announces the launch of Anatomical Sciences Education
EurekAlert
Really Strategies Releases RSuite CMS Version 2.0 with Enhanced Editorial and Production Tools
BusinessWire
Endeca Unveils the Next Generation of the Guided Navigation Experience
BusinessWire via TMCNet
Elsevier Extends ScienceDirect ArticleChoice to Academic Institutes Worldwide
PR Newswire

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Headlines for 26 April 2007

Trends
Tribune Opens Offer For Half of Its Shares
WSJ Online*
Google Passes Microsoft, Yahoo as Most-Visited Site
Bloomberg News
Thomson first-quarter profit jumps 63.5 pct
Reuters via Globe Investor
AllThingsD: Really Live This Time
paidContent.org
Eyevio - Sony Launching YouTube Rival on Friday
Mashable
How the Internet is Reshaping Real Estate
RIS Media
Social Bookmarks: Not for Bloggers Only
ClickZ Networks
Court orders Yahoo China to unlink 229 songs in copyright case decision
South China Morning Post
Simultaneous VOD release bad for DVD sales
Video Business /Content Agenda
Joost gets blue-chip sponsors
IHT
WashingtonWatch Becomes A Wiki
Web Pro News
Wireless Startups Searching for VC Dollars
GigaOM

Best Practices
Responding to Andrew Keen’s Anti-Web 2.0 Manifesto
P2P Foundation
We need open wireless
SmartMobs
iCrossing Study Finds Most Mobile Internet Users Connect to Search
Phone Content.com
Newspapers Debate Online Reader Comments
The New York Times*

Cool Tools
View the voice of the mob
Smart Mobs
Twango: YouTube meets Flickr meets Odeo (sorta)
Download Squad

Deals, Parnerships & Sales
Xinhua Finance Media Deals For Two New Regional Magazines Being Launched By China Telecom
PR Newswire via Sys-Con
American Astronomical Society Selects Institute of Physics Publishing As New Publishing Partner
SpaceRef.com
NewspaperDirect Breaks 500-Title Mark With Addition of Singapore's Prestigious "Straits Times"
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media

Products, Markets & People
AOL Launches AOL.in
IT News Online
IAC Advertising Solutions Announces Contextual Advertising Product
PR Newswire

Lunch @ EconSM: Edgeio Builds White-Label Classified Systems Scaled for Social Media

The EconSM event is living up expectations for a great networking environment, including bumping into a new company called Edgeio, which provides classified ad systems on a white label basis for publishers of all kinds. The concept behind Edgeio is fairly simple but compelling: use their technology to build up easy-to-track classified ads from individuals and get them placed contextually in appropriate content. You can use just the technology to build your own ad service or syndicate in content from publishing partners using Edgeio. The publishers are in complete control of how ads are priced (or not) with Edgeio taking a percentage of revenues, typically 20 percent. This has good use for publishers in general, but it appears to be especially well positioned for social media, especially Wiki-based microcommunities. As communities grow they can spawn of new microcommunities that can use Edgeio to exchange ads with the parent community and to draw in other highly related communities. There's a lot of talk about scalability in online advertising and marketing at EconSM today but not much talk yet about how classifieds are the perfect one-to-one marketing medium for social media. Expect tools like this to thrive for highly targeted social media content - and to form the base for tools that help higher-powered marketers to reach customers on a one-to-one basis.

EconSM 2007: Monetizing Tiny Bubbles

Maybe I am getting jaded but as good as some of the events that I've attended and helped to organize have been as of late it's been many years since I've attended an executive-level conference that's had as much energy and buzz as EconSM. About five hundred of paidContent.org's closest friends decided to pop in at the Beverly Hilton to hear an all-star lineup of leading publishers, technologists and other industry heavies that you rarely find in one spot. The agenda for the day: every angle on making social media pay that one could hope to cover.

As usual, I'll post links here to the detailed coverage of each segment of the program that we post on our Events weblog. I'll be posting a News Analysis piece later this week covering this event and aspects of the recent Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.

CEOs Speak Up

Social Media Meets Marketing

Social Media Meets Hollywood

Social Media Meets News

Social Media Meets Mobile Media

Social Media Meets Deals

Newsvine Goes Evergreen: Pushing Social Media Stars to the Forefront

Bumping into Newsvine CEO Mike Davidson at the pre-event EconSM mixer tonight was a real pleasure - especially since Newsvine has just launched its new "Evergreen" release, which includes a smorgasbord of new features and sources. Mike was pumped up about the modular design of the new Newsvine front page that allows a user to add and content modules in a drag-and-drop design - including modules that allow one to aggregate headline RSS feeds from major news suppliers such as The New York Times, the Washington Post. Local news and weather get their fair exposure as well. But to me the best things about this redesign are the simple and obvious ones that help to highlight the increasingly powerful contributions from Newsviners themselves. The listing of AP headlines in the upper right corner of the home page are now replaced by an enhanced display of the top news story seeds (bookmarks) from Newsvine contributors, followed by a real-time feed of stories with new seeds and comments. The top AP story is still featured in the middle column but with robust contributions from its members Newsvine can afford to highlight their efforts as a default mode.

There are merits in each of the the social media news services available today but Newsvine seems to be excelling in developing a community of contributors who are more than just bookmarkers and commenters. Newsvine creates a good share of its own original content, including breaking news from contributor "Killfile" on the recent Virginia Tech shootings. As highlighted in our new research paper on social media best practices Newsvine maintains a "Code of Honor" for its members that its lead contributors are intent on using to encourage quality content. The contributions may vary quite a bit in quality nevertheless but an environment that encourages quality more than specific outlooks is a crucial factor in attracting contributors who can find and create content worth reading and discussing. With the Evergreen features Newsvine is allowing its leaders to be seen as leaders more emphatically - and increasingly they're up to the task. Add in Evergreen's ability to blend in mainstream news and information from popular and local sources and it gets that much easier to stick around and catch the real-time news buzz that Newsvine is perfecting one post at a time.

It's a highly competitive field out there for social media news services, especially as major portals such as Yahoo and MySpace become more proficient in blending in news contributions from users, so Newsvine's future is hardly guaranteed any more than any other emerging service. But if you're looking for an example of a social media news portal that gets an awful lot of things right you could do far worse than to use Newsvine as your template for success.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Forbes.com Corporate Org Chart Wiki Tries to Build the Real-Time Org Chart

Forbes.com has announced a new feature for its business news and information Web site called Corporate Org Chart Wiki, a tool that allows anyone to add their views of who reports to whom in the corporate world. The use of the term "Wiki" is a bit of a misnomer here, as the interface bears little resemblance to a traditional user-generated Wiki database, but in concept it's not too distant a relative. Anyone can create or edit an org chart using a drag-and-drop graphical interface to define reporting relationships and to add additional bio information in a sidebar area. Well, at least that's the concept. In trying the tool out on some execs at the Ford Motor Company the drag and drop function worked in a very herky-jerky sort of way and a tool that would supposedly let one roam across a chart larger than the display window didn't seem to operate at all. There's some good thought given to the design of this feature but "Beta" might be a generous description of its capabilities at this point.

More importantly there's no real interactivity with this information and other information on the site: it's a standalone feature that doesn't have any community content built around the org chart function. In concept everyone would love to have a "real-time org chart" built up from people's direct knowledge of an organization but in reality there has to be a sense of ownership for that content as much as in any other social media product. Without even a login ID or some sort of online "handle" to provide attribution on edits most business people would be loath to trust information of this kind for any serious kind of use.

There is tremendous potential for business information built in a social media environment, as evidenced by companies such as Jigsaw and LinkedIn, but it takes more than some tech tools and a label to create successful content services from social media. It takes first and foremost an environment in which a community of editors builds a reputation for reliable contributions. Forbes Corporate Org Chart Wiki is an interesting concept but I suspect that it will take someone who is more willing to take the concept beyond a half-hearted add-in to a media site and into the core of a more enterprise-oriented business information service to make this concept take off. In the meantime it's a tool worth doodling with for a few minutes to get some ideas as to how to take this concept to the next step.

Headlines for 25 April 2007

Trends
New York Times Shareholders Withhold 42% of Votes
Bloomberg News
Forbes.com Rolls out Corporate Org Chart Wiki
BusinessWire
Glickman calls for DRM interoperability
Content Agenda
Pew: 1/3 of US Online Adults Consult Wikipedia
Micro Persuasion
Newsvine Relaunch: Build Your Own News Site
TechCrunch
Book sales rise in February
Times Record News
'Frienemy' Google Not a Threat (Yet) to Traditional Ad
Sales

MediaShift

Best Practices
Thoughts on the Hive Mind
O'Reilly Radar
Using Unstructured Business Content in Business Intelligence
B-eye-to-eye Network

Cool Tools
Meshly is Twitter Plus Digg
Mashable

Deals, Parnerships & Sales
Autonomy Exercises Option To Buy Blinkx; Merges With Its Consumer Division; Will IPO It In London
paidContent.org
Reuters and Barclays Wealth Sign Global Deal for 800 Desktops
BusinessWire
Elsevier Partnership with Peking University Medical Press
WebWire
Google to Sell Online Ads on China Telecom Web Sites
Bloomberg News

Products, Markets & People
ScienceDirect Embraces New Web Applications With Latest Release
PR Newswire
Wolters Kluwer Health Appoints Mark Spiers as President & CEO of its Healthcare Analytics Business
PR Newswire via Sys-Con
Hoover's Announces "The Hoover's Index" List of the Top 1,000 Companies Most Searched
eMediaWire
Exalead Enhances one:search Platform with Addition of Vertical Search Capability
PR Newswire via TechWhack

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

ContentBlogger Now AnswerTips-Enabled

I was very excited to learn about the Answers.com AnswerTips capability a few weeks back but never got around to pushing out the tool to ContentBlogger. Well, in the process of rolling out a template change for ContentBlogger recently to highlight our SIIA 2007 CODiE award for Best Media Blog the AnswerTips feature was pushed out. What does this mean to you? Double-click any word on ContentBlogger and you'll see - you get a little pop-up with a definition for that word and related content links.

The net effect of this tool is a little more clear when you try it a little carelessly. In the example on the left I double-clicked on the word "conversion" and the tool picked out nearby words to provide a definition of the term "cost per conversion." Click on the word "missing" further along and it picks up the word next to it to return the definition for "missing link." Neat. Other words I am less crazy about because they return links to other weblogs and content sources instead of reference content from Answers.com, but if someone is in research mode that's probably a good thing for them. If this were an ad-supported site I'd probably feel somewhat different, though.

Give it a whirl and let us know what you think. The reminder link is at the bottom of each page - we try not to highlight technology partnerships in ContentBlogger to maintain an objective presentation of information - so you'll have to remember that it's there for now. But it's there. Our thanks to Answers.com for a handy tool that's a clever, low-key way to embed value-add content into weblogs.

Cashing in on Social Media: A Cost-Effective Advertising Medium

A new research report announced by online ad network BlueLithium provides some interesting insights as to how valuable social media sites are as an advertising medium. When comparing ads shown on non-social media sites to social media sites, the ads shown on non-social media sites had a 32 percent higher rate of converting users into action-takers. However, due to the lower cost of advertising on social media sites, the cost per conversion for non-social media sites was 58 percent higher. This would imply that there's a a considerably lower cost per conversion via social media, but there's a flip side to this stat. A second phase of the study revealed that the conversion rate of ads shown on non-social media sites from the comScore top 250 was 175 percent higher as compared to social media sites. BlueLithium points out that the non-social media comScore 250 sites have a resulting 7 percent higher cost per conversion as compared to social media sites.

So if you're going with a leading media site you're going to do well on conversions both from a penetration and cost of conversion standpoint as compared to social media. However, this data may be sidestepping one of the most important aspects of a social media site - their ability to create conversations on a more personal level. To some degree existing advertising services, being more tailored to major media outlet content, may not be providing the most effective messaging for social media sites. Social media has enormous potential for providing high multiples through advertising but the missing link may be to be able to target the people available through social media outlets in a personal enough way to take advantage of social media's ability to play to audiences as peers. It's nice that social media is a cost-effective medium for creating conversions but I'd rather hear that social media is worth its weight in gold in creating conversions. All in time.

Frittering with Twitter: Messaging as Publishing

I was prone to thinking that Twitter was "yet another social media login" that would fast become another time-waster, but the buzz is becoming rather deafening so I finally broke down and set up an account. Twitter is basically a SMS-compatible messaging tool that allows one to broadcast text messages to networks of selected friends and, by default, the world. A Twitter profile allows one to get messages on any popular instant messaging service as well as on a mobile phone or online via a Web site, an embedded widget or an RSS feed. This uber-framework allows people to catch their network of contacts wherever they may be - and to shoot them little live observations.

Twitter messages can pack a fair amount of insight into a short space so some have begun to look at it as a "microblogging" service. As with blogs the medium is only as good as the message: do people really want to know every little twist of your day? Or, on the other hand, you can get over-enthusiastic about the medium and let go on a topic that gets broadcast a little too soon for its own good - as Steve Rubel noted recently. From this standpoint Twitter is more than a messaging service - it's a publishing medium that allows people to reach both micro-communities and the world as a whole. For people on the go who are shifting constantly between mobile devices and computer keyboards Twitter allows micropublishers to keep up with their social network more efficiently than either platform alone could manage.

Probably the most compelling aspect of Twitter from a publishing standpoint is its ability to onpass key URLs very quickly to people on the go. The next logical step would be to use Twitter as a service that will pop up content automatically for connected friends to share simultaneously via a browser. Instead of just social bookmarking we would then have social viewing - like having sixty people in the living room all playing with the TV remote at the same time. Twitter has its moment in the sun for now but if it cannot keep up the pace of development to stay abreast of people who want to share more than just little text messages effectively it may see its time come and go fairly rapidly. In the meantime, though, it's a convenient way to let people when you're off to the airport, down to the store for a jug of milk, sealing a deal or snapping up an award. Getting ahead of the real-time content curve will be all that more difficult as a result.

Headlines for 24 April 2007

Trends
The Short Tail of Advertising

Micro Persuasion
Communist Party to ‘purify’ internet
Asia News
Google scary now? Personal Health Records, sponsored by Google, next
ZDNet
In Search of the Perfect Web Page
Slate via Content Agenda
Yapta Will Be Awesome For Heavy Travelers
TechCrunch
A Difficult Annual Times Meeting for Sulzbergers
The New York TImes*
Two Tribune Papers Announce Job Cuts
WSJ Online*
Comedy Central parent Viacom acknowledges it erred in asking YouTube to yank a parody
AP via LA Times

Best Practices
User-Generated Content Delivers More Bang for Your Online Marketing Buck According to Study
MarketWire

Cool Tools
Mindtouch Launches Expanded Wiki Solution
Mashable
Kyte: It's Like Twitter That Moves
Read/Write Web
RIM offers BlackBerry without the BlackBerry
IT Business CA
New 3-D layers from AIA on Google Earth
Google Blog

Deals, Parnerships & Sales
ABM Partners With iCopyright on Anti-Piracy Tagging and Content Licensing Program for Members
MarketWire
Elsevier Selects Rightslink(R) for Online Copyright Permissions
BusinessWire
MindTouch Partners with SignOnSanDiego on Strategic Wiki Initiative
BusinessWire
Yahoo, Gracenote launch lyrics service
Reuters via CNET

Products, Markets & People
Endeca Unveils the Next Generation of the Guided Navigation Experience
BusinessWire via TMCNet
Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive Launches Sprig.com
PR Newswire
Salesforce.com Unveils First AppExchange Incubator - Fostering the Future of Entrepreneurship
PR Newswire
Elsevier Extends ScienceDirect ArticleChoice to Academic Institutes Worldwide
PR Newswire

Monday, April 23, 2007

Headlines for 23 April 2007

Trends
Google rises at Yahoo's expense
CNET News
From Many Tweets, One Loud Voice on the Internet
The New York Times*
Papers' Web Hopes Dim a Bit
WSJ Online*
Amazon set to launch online music store
Times Online
Google warns of limited innovation in enterprise content management
Computerworld UK
URGENT! Europeans! Last chance to save Europe from worst
copyright law in the world!

BoingBoing
USATODAY.com, Reports Traffic Spike in Registrations
Web Site Host DIrectory
Magazines, Online And Off
Forbes
Wikipedia ponders selling ads
Toronto Star via Content Agenda
More Thoughts On Web 2.0 Expo
Read/Write Web
Microsoft General Counsel on DoubleClick and Antitrust: Why Did DoubleClick Turn Down Microsoft?
John Battelle's Searchblog
Google Courts Broadcasters with YouTube Ads
VNUNet
Philadelphia Journalism’s New Order
The New York Times*

Best Practices
OCLC’s WorldCat Local: A Promising Development for Library Patrons
Information Today
New model for sharing: Free music with ads
NY Times via Content Agenda
The Participation Ladder and Its Impact on Marketing and PR
Micro Persuasion

Cool Tools
AttenTV turns Web surfing into eerie spectator sport
CNET News

Deals, Parnerships & Sales
Silverchair and McGraw-Hill Launch New Online Pharmacy Education Resource for Students
PR Newswire via PR-Inside
ProQuest CSA And MLA Announce Online Reference And Newspaper Deal
Managing Information

Products, Markets & People
Wiley announces the launch of Anatomical Sciences Education
EurekAlert
Promise of Science to search Dutch doctoral theses
Really Simple Sidi

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Going for Business Gold: Conde Nast's Portfolio Launches a Glossy Business Magazine and Portal

Conde Nast is nothing if not a contrarian publisher at times, so it's not out character for them to be launching Portfolio, a new business magazine that is loaded with business advertisers new to Conde Nast publications, according to The New York Times. Portfolio covers serious business issues but it does so with a focus and style reminiscent of the chatty and sometimes catty fashion and lifestyle publications for which it is best known. While Portfolio may seem a fish out of water to more traditional news publications it's actually a very clever play at an interesting time. Print appeals very well to those on the very high end of the economic scale, a fashion statement of sorts that speaks to the exclusive circles in which major executives find themselves. Why fritter with Twitter when you can relax on your G6 business jet with a copy of Portfolio next to your spouse's copy of Architectural Digest? It's an out-Forbes-ing of of Forbes' already elite outlook and a direct poke in the eye to McGraw-Hill's increasingly online-oriented BusinessWeek property.

At the same time, though, there's quite a bit to be said for the Portfolio portal as well. Yes, it's not armed with in-depth data and other tools found typically on business information Web sites but it does have absolutely top-notch graphics and layout and a five-story top news summary that cuts to the chase with very brief summaries that accompany more in-depth features. Features include profiles of key executives, a roundup of clubhouse figures one is likely to encounter in the most elite social circles. It's not clear that many of Portfolio's print subscribers are likely to spend much time at the publication's online site but if they do they should feel comfortable browsing through its generously spaced and well-designed pages. There aren't many publishers who can deliver business information as a lifestyle publication of this sort and once there's one publication of this kind there aren't likely to be substitute products that will elbow their way into such a rarefied niche. Kudos to Conde Nast for recognizing an opportunity that plays to its strengths - for now.

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