Twitter, content sharing, chewed postcards and the Dresden Dolls

Web metrics analyst Hitwise reports on the rise of Twitter in the UK. It's now the 38th most popular site in the UK with a 22-fold annual increase in traffic, etc, etc. None of which should come as much of a surprise to anyone with half an interest in digital media. However, what for my money is more interesting is Hitwise's analysis of Twitter's clickstream traffic, which reveals that 55.9% of clicks out from Twitter go to content sites - blogs, social networks, news sites, etc., with only 9.5% of Twitter traffic going to e-commerce sites. (Google in the UK sends 30.7% of its traffic to e...

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Tweetminster – aggregating political conversations

I discovered Tweetminster yesterday as I followed the election of the new Speaker of the House. Tweetminster is a relatively simple idea - it aggregates and publishes Parlimentarians' tweets (though it would seem that the eventual winner, John Bercow, doesn't yet Tweet). And there's value in this, because without spending time following every Twittering politician (assuming you know their user info) there isn't an easy way to aggregate this kind of info in Twitter. Personally speaking, I think we'll see more places publishing aggregated discussions - pulling together feeds from across th...

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Google IO – Canvas, Web Apps and HTML 5

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5aJAaGZIvk The Keynote address at Google IO outlines Google's view of technical developments on the web. Which, if you can't be bothered to watch the video, is all about HTML5, pixel level control of the browser with the Canvas tag, Javascript, CSS and the DOM, bringing the power of native apps to the browser, video tags, SVGs and Web Workers.

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Newspaper aggregation and the political demise of the English squirearchy

I recently did some consultancy work on the shift to digital for a large newspaper, which is why I was particularly interested in this recent post about content aggregation and the newspaper business by Nico Flores at On Demand Media. The crux of Nico's argument (one to which I subscribe) is that the real value of newspapers is their ability to aggregate content, something that wasn't necessarily apparent when they were confined to print. However, as Nico points out elsewhere, there are some powerful forces that make it difficult for newspapers to adopt a new aggregation-based model, in wh...

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The Guardian datastore

The Guardian Datastore is an excellent resource, where editors source and collate data (often as Google docs spreadsheets), which readers can then use to create their own mashups and visualizations. Amongst other things, they currently have the latest data on MP's expenses, world booze consumption and two centuries of bio diversity data from Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire. Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbriger explains why data and the Guardian Datastore matters. Also, the Guardian Datastore is running a competition for: 1) The best user experience for understanding meaning in data, and ...

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Interactive storytelling part 1: audio slideshows

Interactive storytelling on the web - I'm specifically thinking about audioslide shows - has a bit of a chequered history, it's often been touted as the next big thing, but few content providers have really embraced it. There are cost issues - Flash development isn't cheap, and then there's the bandwidth to think about, but the same issues apply to online video, and, from a personal perspective, I think that well-made audio slideshows can have as much impact as online video: image quality is almost always better, and the audio is usually more focused. There are other reasons why it's wor...

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David Lynch – The Interview Project

David Lynch's Interview Project launches today. The idea behind Interview Project is simple, David Lynch and his team travel the US interviewing people they come across. And that's about it: in essence the Interview Project is just a big, unstructured oral history project (though it does remind me a little of the field recordings of American folk songs made by John Lomax and Alan Lomax.) The David Lynch Interview project has only just gone live - there's only one interview up at the moment - so it's a little early to judge its success or otherwise, however, I think it's a great example of...

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