Damian Radcliffe

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links for 2011-02-04

In Daily Links on February 5, 2011 at 1:01 am

links for 2010-09-08

In Daily Links on September 9, 2010 at 2:03 am
  • today, I was able to see a cool new use of some open source software called Ushahidi today to map the impact of the strike on us poor Londoners and our blighted travel plans.
  • Late on Monday night, I wrote a short post here in anticipation of the crowdmap I’d just set up for BBC London, which I hoped would provide a useful service the following day for the London tubestrike, 7th September 2010.

    It’s now Wednesday morning, and I can write, while still feeling slightly shell-shocked from the experience, that all in all, I’m very pleased with how it went.

  • Is this the year of the content farm?

    Last month, Demand Media, which already has a UK operation, published its IPO prospectus. This autumn, AOL plans a UK launch for Seed.com, a platform for freelance contributions that looks a lot like Demand’s. Homegrown entrepreneurs have taken the hint, too: last week, a marketplace for celebrity coverage called Interview Hub opened for business.

    Content farms are an attempt to increase the efficiency with which copy is commissioned, produced and published. Among freelance journalists, the instinctive response is often negative.

    No wonder. Would you fancy competing with thousands of new (and far less experienced) rivals for work that pays far less than it used to?

  • Why should you worry about Net Neutrality? It’s a complicated concept, even more complex in reality. Yet, for people like Chris Anderson of Wired it could spell the end of what we know as the free Internet. At a Polis experts seminar the conclusion was that you should not leave this area of media policy to competition, but that still leaves a lot of debate about what how you might interfere to prevent interference with the Web.
  • A third of the world’s population has given money to charity in the past month, the largest study ever carried out into global social conscience reveals today.

    The “World Giving Index” used Gallup surveys of 195,000 people in 153 nations and asked people whether they had volunteered or given money or help in the last month. It also asked respondents to rank how happy they are with life.

27/08/10 – interesting stuff I read today

In Daily Links on August 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

2010 Social Network Analysis Report – Geographic – Demographic and Traffic Data Revealed

Gender, Education, Age and Income analysed for social networks around the world, including many I’d never heard of!

All insight is gathered from Google Ad Planner and Google Insights for Search.

Top 50 Branded Facebook Pages, June 2010: Clear Winners Emerge

A list compiled by the number of ‘Fans’ brand owned sites have e.g. http://www.facebook.com/converse .

“The Top 5 from December 2009 (Facebook, Starbucks, Coca Cola, YouTube and Skittles) remain in the top 5, all in the same order.

It was no easy task to stay in the Top 5, as they grew, on average, 65.05% over the last 6 months to defend their positions. The list overall grew at an average rate of 47.81%.

Each of the Top 5 grew by at least 100,000 fans this past weekend alone.

Newcomers to the top ten include Red Bull, Windows Live Messenger and Victoria’s Secret. They replace Disney, Pringles and Big Prize Giveways, which fell to 11th, 13th and 18th respectively.”

Students Embracing Online TV and Radio 

A YouGov SixthSense survey into students’ TV watching habits revealed more than 52% watch online through the BBC iPlayer. The survey of full-time students found 4oD accounted for 25% of TV watched, with YouTube accounting for a further 13%. The survey also found 15% of students spend more than five hours online every day, with 81% watching TV through this medium. Online radio had less of a take-up, according to the poll, which found 62% don’t listen to the radio online. YouGov SixthSense research director James McCoy said the rapid growth of streaming services such as Spotify and we7 “partly explained” this.

Crowdsourcing at the Grauniad

Paul Lewis, who was due to join the Times, is now staying and will head up a special projects team which will concentrate on ‘using multimedia and crowdsourcing’.

The President’s SAVE (Securing Americans’ Value and Efficiency) Award

In Daily Links on July 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

“In 2009, President Obama called for “a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better.””

Ideas here.