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Friday, October 26, 2007

Social Media, Vermont News

Two brief updates today. Sorry I'm not more prolific. I'm up to my eyeballs in a major project that we'll be unveiling in the not-too-distant future.

First thing — check out the article on Champlain prof. Elaine Young in today's Burlington Free Press. And look — they even embedded a link to her blog in the article. Nice.

Second thing — I got a notice today that WCAX is following my Twitter feed. Smart! Apparently, our local TV station has a Twitter feed of their own. They won't find out much by following mine, though. I don't update very often.

I thought about setting up a Twitter feed for Seven Days, but I haven't, because we really only have a batch of new content on Wednesdays. Anybody think I should do it anyway?

October 26, 2007 at 11:51 AM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink


Yay Elaine! What the hell is with the print media's general cluelessness with hyperlinks? It's the fundamental thing that makes the web different from print. Why are they so reluctant to embrace that? It's so cheap to do and adds tons of value to their content. That you even have to point out that the Freeps included one embedded link is ridiculous. That article should be covered in links -- it's an article about the web!

Warren Ellis has been talking about online magazines a bit lately on his blog. He writes...

Magazines on the web that replicate print magazines are just fine. It’s all about content, after all. But sometimes I get itchy. Sometimes I think that a magazine for the web just transposes the strictures of print on to the web — in terms of an sf magazine, which has been the conversation this week, that’s the simple transposition of prose and a little art to the screen — and that a web magazine would have prose and art and photography and sound and vision.


A web magazine would, surely, give equal weight to the multimedia provisions of webspace — where, in any given week or issue, you’d find spoken-word, sound collage, music and video interpretation at least as often as you’d find artwork.

Posted by: bill simmon | Oct 26, 2007 11:59:21 AM

Looks like they just changed from vtnews to wcax.


Posted by: Jim Brayton | Oct 26, 2007 3:30:13 PM

Thanks, Jim. I updated the link in my post.

Posted by: Cathy Resmer | Oct 26, 2007 4:19:11 PM

I'm not an expert on Twitter, but I wonder if setting up a Facebook group would be an easier way to basically do the same thing. Then you would not necessarily have update it as often. Of course, you have your own Facebook account, so it may be redundant.

Posted by: ed c | Oct 26, 2007 8:47:50 PM

I know someone else locally who said that WCAX was now following their Twitter profile. This guy isn't in media or blogging per-se, so I suspect the reason he's being followed is because he says he's from Burlington in his Twitter profile.

Part of the strategy might be hope for a quid pro quo: "If we start following you...Will you return the favor and start following us?" Last I checked, WCAX appeared to be using Twitter as a "breaking news" service. Not a bad use for the technology, I must say.

Posted by: Nato | Oct 27, 2007 5:33:22 PM

Yeah, I think it's pretty cool.

I like how you can see all those Vermonters on their Twitter profile. That's a good idea.

Posted by: Cathy Resmer | Oct 27, 2007 6:10:40 PM

yes, you should.

Posted by: Andrée | Oct 28, 2007 9:46:19 AM

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