LOTD: 1/18/08

  • Yes, we’ve all heard about the order by the toy companies who own Scrabble to take down the Facebook application Scrabulous. While I remarked to Tom that it has the unfortunate side effect of pretty much killing any social networking moves Hasbro and Mattel might hope to make in the next five years or so, Shel Holtz has an insightful post on how, from a copyright protection point of view, they couldn’t really let this one go. (CT)
  • Shorter Jeremiah Owyang: “Hey everyone. Did you notice there’s a forest amongst all these trees?” (CT)
  • Shorter Jeremy Pepper: “Hey – You all with the outrage! Did any of you actually read the articles your commenting on or did you just scan the headline and give into the faux outrage?” (Note: No, that’s not a typo. Jeremy actually posted something. Our long national nightmare – caused by his absence – is finally over.) (CT)
  • Brian Chappell is trying to build a comprehensive list of all the marketing professionals on Twitter. He started out with 75+ and encouraged those he missed to drop a comment so go make sure you’re on the list and grab a bunch of new people to follow if you’re so inclined. (CT)
  • If you use WordPress like I do (on my personal sites) you’ll probably want to subscribe to the new WordPress Publisher Blog, which promises to provide tips and hints and point to functionality and tools you might not be aware of. (CT)
  • My list of books to buy just got a little bigger with the addition of Indexed, a book collecting some of the best hand-drawn diagrams from the blog of the same name. (CT)

More change afoot in the media world

Wanted to follow up my previous post on the evolution of the media landscape with another batch of stories in that same vein.

First, the Chicago Tribune has added 13 new communities to its TribLocal site, which lets people in those communities post news, photos and events. The only thing I think they can be doing better in this venture would be to let the people add communities at will, extending the reach of the site indefinitely instead of putting themselves in the position of allowing areas to be involved.

Second, John Frost at the Disney Blog says that the crew from the Orlando Sentinel live-Twittered the opening of a new attraction at Universal Studios Orlando. This might not bring down Twitter like all the live coverage of MacWorld did, but it is great to see a mainstream pub embracing insta-micro-publishing like this.

Next is a piece from Marc Glaser on how mainstream media outlets are slowly beginning to embrace their place in the conversation and allowing for more reader participation on their sites. The internal debate, he notes, is now not about whether things like comments should be allowed, but to what extent they need to be moderated. I stick to my contention that moderation is not an absolute evil as long as the policies regarding said moderation are clearly spelled out for everyone to see.

Lastly, the magazine industry has gotten some advice to start thinking of itself as a multi-platform content provider and not view the Internet simply as a way to bring in print subscriptions.