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Making the news in 2011

As we take our first steps into the new year here is a great Mashable article you may have missed over the festive period.  Vadim Lavrusik has written a piece exploring some of the trends we may see in news media over 2011.

The past year saw the worlds of news and mobile collide, as the iPhone and iPad both grew in market share, the article in particular cites the innovative apps from the Washington Post and CNN, both integrating a social media element to them taking them beyond the realms of traditional news.  From here the article predicts a further grow in mobile applications, but a greater focus on social media as the social web continues to change our online experience.

Beyond social and mobile, the article also looks at the influence of WikiLeaks, the M&A climate, location-based services and the future of news syndication.  But for the full low down, read the full article here.

We’d love to know your musings and thoughts for the upcoming year, either on news or further afield.  If 2010 was the year of Facebook, can we expect more of the same in 2011?

Leave a Comment January 7, 2011

Merry Christmas from Moreover!

Everybody here at Moreover would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, we look back on the past twelve months feeling pretty proud of our achievements with Newsdesk 4 and are especially looking forward to further innovation in the next twelve.  We will leave you with this piece from Mashable, exploring where the news industry might head next year and we’d love to hear your thoughts on similar or reflections on 2010 in the comments section below!

Leave a Comment December 24, 2010

Blogging bits and bobs

A few pieces of news caught our eyes this morning, all on the same subject – that of blogging.  Wired blog, Epicenter, picked up on the Pew Research Center report that blogging amongst younger people is on the wane but is also quick to point out that although blogging, as defined in the early 2000s, might be slowing, information-sharing and other “blog like” activities are stronger than ever.

Which seamlessly carries us into the news that blogging tool of the moment, Tumblr, has raised an extra $30 million in funding.  Tumblr has been a perfect example of how blogging continues to evolve and change, so to see them get this Sequoia Capital investment will only serve to push that innovation further and perhaps see “lifestreaming” overtake blogging on the Web.

How has your blogging behaviour changed over the years?  Have the newer microblogging tools taken the place in your heart of more standard blogging platforms.. let us know below!

2 Comments December 20, 2010

2010 in trends

As 2010 draws to a close we’re being bombarded with lists and Zeitgeists covering all the various trends from the past twelve months.  From a news point of view global events such as the World Cup and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill really seemed to dominate our online behaviour, both topping out Twitter’s overall trends list and also featuring prominently in the annual Google Zeitgeist.

The overall trends do appear to paint a pretty decent picture of what grabbed our attention over the year, although seeing Justin Bieber in there at number 8 does make you question if we all had a little too much time on our hands in 2010!  Facebook have produced a similar list (#6 Justin Bieber) from the year’s Status Updates and as such the list is distinctly different from those generated by Google and Twitter.  For the full Facebook Memology check out the Facebook blog here.

However, it is not just the social networks making these lists.. the 2010 Zeta Buzz Awards measure the popularity of the Web’s major social media sites over the year.  YouTube and Flickr come out as the big winners, gaining positive mentions 91% and 98% of the time respectively, but further illustrating how the once mighty have fallen both MySpace and Friendster dropped out of the Top 10, and I wouldn’t hold out much hope of them returning in 2011.

How do these findings strike you?  Surprised?  Will Biebermania prove even more popular in 2011?  Let us know your thoughts below!

Leave a Comment December 14, 2010

Print’s passing predicted

An Australian-based futurist, Ross Dawson, has boldly predicted the demise of newsprint across the globe, starting with the end of US newspapers around 2017 and then gradually lessening in significance in 52 countries by the year 2040.  The graphic shows it all quite neatly.

So what will drive this downfall?  Dawson predicts newsprint will be replaced by mobile devices, tablets computers and the advance in technology of lightweight digital papers.  We’ve already seen that e-editions of newspapers are rising quickly, but quick enough to see the end of newspapers as we know them in the UK and US by the end of the decade?

Leave a Comment November 1, 2010

Moreover Technologies rolls out all-new Newsdesk 4

Gives users unified portal access to millions of news and social media results daily, cutting-edge faceted search and filtering tools.

Media aggregator Moreover Technologies announces the release of its all-new Newsdesk 4 real-time news and social media discovery, refinement and sharing service.  Newsdesk 4 gives users unified portal access to millions of daily news articles and social media posts, and ability to refine results immediately using comprehensive cutting-edge faceted search and filtering tools.

“Users can capture combined news and social media coverage all in one place, then rapidly slice and dice searches in ways that will pinpoint only what they need, and discard the rest,” emphasizes Paul J. Farrell, Moreover Technologies President.

Product Manager Brian Mackie adds, “We’ve focused on the top concerns voiced by clients – ability to easily and rapidly find, process and share information.  This SaaS application enables users to drill down fast to the best and most relevant search results, decide if or how to modify them, then share them easily while they’re still fresh and focused on the burning issues of the day.”

Newsdesk 4 previewers have cited ease of use of the Newsdesk 4 dashboard tools, intuitive search capabilities, and fast finding of needed content.  Among discussion forum comments are: “…design is real well done,” “…very elegant application,” “…from what I’m seeing, plug and play for us,” and “…you guys are going to do great with this product…It’s a home run.”

Newsdesk 4 meets five major media aggregation aims:

  • Provides multiple ways to find relevant content – including faceted search; category filters; source filters; relevance and rank filters, on the fly (e.g., mentions of companies, people, products, events and stock ticker), and pre-canned searches with cross-referencing to enable targeting relevant information without frustrating trial-and-error.
  • Unifies the search for both real-time news and social media through a single conduit.
  • Captures the depth and breadth of the best read, most highly regarded coverage demanded by the world’s largest companies (2.5 million results daily from more than 1.7 million-plus sources spanning 800 searchable industry categories, 100-plus countries and 50-plus languages).
  • Returns clean, spam-free results that have been editorially vetted.
  • Offers easy-to-use sharing tools that empower rapid and reliable distribution, including automated newsletters, email alerts and ability to maintain editorial control of feeds shared.

Mackie elaborates, “Search options abound. You can look for headlines, languages, locations, individual sources, and result digests summarized by various criteria which can be further refined.  You can conduct very user-friendly Boolean searches.  While sophisticated and intuitive, Newsdesk 4 also is simple and straightforward, appropriate for everyone from power users to novices.”

Newsdesk 4’s intelligence-gathering capabilities enhance strategic, tactical and operational decision-making that scales for small and enterprise businesses alike, according to Rossen Roussev, Moreover Technologies’ Vice President, Enterprise Strategy and Business Solutions.

Roussev, former External Intelligence Chief at Royal Dutch Shell, attests that Newsdesk saved his company $5 million in one year, due substantially to consolidating a variety of media monitoring vendor contracts under Moreover Technologies.

He identifies a variety of intelligence-related uses, including ability to: create an early-warning system for threats, identify emerging opportunities, compare performance and sentiments across regions, countries and competitors, refine messaging to help achieve business and communications objectives, and share all pertinent information with the right people through user-friendly distribution channels.

“Newsdesk 4 gives you a myriad of ways to find information you weren’t even looking for – such as negative information that can damage reputation, but has remained off the radar,” Mackie points out.

For more information, contact Brian Mackie, bmackie(at)moreover(dot)com.

Leave a Comment October 20, 2010

CNN’s social stats

CNN have been studying the ‘power of news and recommendation‘ (or ‘Pownar’ for short) looking at how readers share articles through social media and networks.  The research showed that 43% of online sharing came via social media like Facebook and Twitter, followed by email (30%), texting (15%) and instant messaging (12%).

Probably not a huge surprise as we’ve long since seen the growing relationship between traditional and newer media types, perhaps a more interesting aspect of the study was the finding that a rather small set of ‘influencers’ is responsible for the spread of the news.  The findings revealed that 87% of all shared news only accounted for 27% of all users – evidence that a minority of active Web users are driving this sharing of information.  An average user will share 13 articles a week, whilst receiving 26 stories, as highlighted before it is partly this behaviour which has pushed an increase in online news consumption in the United States.

So how do you find yourself sharing online news content? What types of news are you most likely to spread across the Web? Let us know!

Leave a Comment October 13, 2010

Pew Research sees online news flourish

The Pew Research Center, a US Think Tank based in Washington D.C., have published a report into how people are consuming news showing a shift from print to the Web.  This follows up an earlier Pew study we blogged about back in February, examining the relationships between youngsters and online behaviours.

With the decline around traditional media being widely reported, it seems that the digital world is more than capable in filling those gaps.  Around a third of participants went online for news, which is slightly higher than those reading it in print and the same numbers as news radio, however if you broaden that to include mobile, email, and social media then the figure rises to 44% of Americans getting their news digitally.  Of course I fully expect the Moreover iPhone sport news app to be making up a healthy proportion of that number..

The table (left) breaks it down nicely, illustrating the general upward trend for digital content and the more mixed curves for traditional media, television still being our chief source of news.  As much as anything else a report like this shows how we are now consuming information from a wealth of differing outlets – 36% of Americans reported getting news from mixed sources, compared with a marginally higher 39% relying solely on traditional.

Overall this can only be a good thing for users and publishers, as we are offered more ways to consume news and as such have increased our time spent with the news.  Check at the full report here at Pew Research, and let us know below in the comments how you see the shift in media consumption patterns affecting the ways you read the news.

4 Comments September 14, 2010

The interest in influence

How many followers do you have on Twitter?  Number of times listed?  Retweeted often?  Determining a users impact has become so much more than mere popularity, with influence being judged more on a users engagement level than just number of followers.

The Guardian recently reported on Hewlett-Packard’s smart research paper measuring influence using a “Influence-Passivity Algorithm”, leaving the social media blog Mashable as Twitter’s most influential account.

HP are not alone though in measuring influence, Klout, the San Francisco based start-up, is gaining recognition when it comes to online influence.  And tech company PeerIndex is using algorithms not dissimilar to Google PageRank in identifying the web’s most authoritative voices.

Switching back to HP’s findings, the study concluded:

This study shows that the correlation between popularity and influence is weaker than it might be expected. This is a reflection of the fact that for information to propagate in a network, individuals need to forward it to the other members, thus having to actively engage rather than passively read it and cease to act on it.

As influence becomes ever, erm, influential in terms of brand monitoring (not to mention online ego satisfaction) then the way we measure and rank it over Twitter, Facebook, etc becomes a key metric in developing the social graph.

The ten most influential users on Twitter according to HP : @mashable, @jokoanwar, @google, @aplusk, @syfy, @smashingmag, @michellemalkin, @theonion, @rww, @breakingnews.

1 Comment August 25, 2010

Social shifts

Here is a nifty little graphic (click-through to see it in all its glory) from the BBC/Nielsen illustrating the ever-changing landscape of various social media platforms across the globe.

The rise and rise of Facebook seems to be the big story here, with the social network now being home to over half a billion active users, including almost half of the UK population!  Obviously the recent privacy concerns and quit campaigns haven’t hurt the site particularly (I wonder if the forthcoming movie will..) but how long do you think Facebook can stay as the planet’s favourite social network?

Leave a Comment July 23, 2010

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