The Media Oxpecker: Sideways Traffic, Embedded Content
august 23, 2012 12:00 pm
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Is the "Great Embeddening" upon us? The future of the internet may rely less on hyperlinks, and more on embedded content.
Where's your traffic coming from? Adrienne LaFrance reports that for some of the major national news sites like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, a majority of visitors are coming in through the side door instead of the homepage.
Lauren Kirchner took one for the team and watched 12 hours of the Huffington Post's new web TV channel, HuffPost Live. The verdict? "Spoiler alert: I do not recommend doing this."
They all specialize in "viral" content, but BuzzFeed, Digg, and Reddit have their own unique personalities:
When democracy rules, as in Reddit and Digg, (where all content is ranked by vote), viewers minds’ are filled with international news, heavily biased social commentary (feminist, pro-gay marriage), and geek pride. When Buzzfeed’s editorial eyes cover the Internet, cute animal pics, celebrity gossip, and political horse-race stories rule the front page … Reddit is a fantastic source for the personal perspectives that can get lost in the process of disinterested journalism.
BuzzFeed goes to Washington.
Rural newspaper publishers are still reluctant to put their content online.
"The Price of Great Journalism": How an article (and its accompanying video/photo package) covering the Syria conflict convinced Abu Muqawama that the New York Times was worth paying for.
Is Buzzmedia making a play for local? Former GeoCities COO Stephen Hansen has been hired as president.
Independent hyperlocal news sites have started their own trade association: Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION).
Paul Rand on the politics of design. (h/t: Josh Curry)
Daily deals are in decline, but coupons and discounts will live forever, says one analyst.
And finally, "where fucks were given," a dynamic heatmap of which cities lead the nation in tweeting the F-bomb.
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