File under “Good to Know”
New-ish Tools for News
- Last week, online media watchers wet their collective pants over Instagram, an iPhone photo-sharing application with a built-in social network, when Mashable highlighted how NPR is using it to connect with its audience. NPR, as usual, is out connecting on another app before everyone else – but whether this experiment will pay off is another story. As of right now, the app is only on iPhone, but it’s user base is growing by leaps and bounds. Judging from the comments on the Mashable post, those using it aren’t pleased at the prospect of influx of media.
- On a related note, The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal gives a good and personal explanation of Instagram’s appeal.
- I didn’t wet my pants, but I fell in love with Instagram too. I’ve started using its nice filters on my personal Tumblr project, 365 Snapshots.
- I’m not sure where it started, but there was also a new media gold rush last week to Quora, an online question-and-answer oriented discussion site. Everyone wants to know how it could be used for journalism, especially since it is such a tame, smart (on the surface at least) community that is curating information. My colleague Daniel Victor blogged about some potential uses and started a topic on Quora looking for ideas (very meta) and. We’ll see where it goes. I know my coworkers at TBD are hard at work on this one.
Real names are the answer – again
- The Sun Journal (Maine) announced it is changing its rules for online commenting and will be requiring real names from commenters. Like every other news outlet that goes this route, they insist this will make their comments less vitriolic. You know I feel about that business. From what I can tell, there’s no system in place at registration for ensuring the names they use are actually real, so we’ll see how that pans out for them.
- NY Times project Mapping America: Every City, Every Block allows users to browse local data from the Census, based on samples from 2005 to 2009 on an easily understood map. I’m in love with it and wish TBD had the budget to build something similar.