The thing about this that is interesting to me is not that print or broadcast is declining but rather their audience is shifting to another format that the user controls yet major brands (like newspapers and broadcast networks) are exquisitely well positioned to take advantage of. Just like NBC expanded into several distinct cable channels, they could likewise do internet only distribution. Newspaper online traffic is increasing while at the same time their print distribution is declining.
Jeff Zucker to Print Reporters: Drop Dead
“When we try to evolve NBC News, a lot of people want to write about that,” he said, suggesting that newspaper reporters’ seeming obsession with the declining fortunes of the TV-news business was a bit of schadenfreude.
“The thing they want is for the [TV-news] business to die faster [than the newspaper business], because that’s what makes them feel better,” he added.
[From Jeff Zucker to Print Reporters: Drop Dead - 2/28/2008 12:40:00 PM - Broadcasting & Cable]
While generally not a fan of technology roll-ups, Mzinga (stupid name IMO) does have an impressive array of community technologies under one brand now. This is bad news for Jive.
Enterprise Community Provider Mzinga Swallows Propsero
Burlington, MA-based Mzinga, which provides social networking, community, and e-learning solutions for the enterprise, is today announcing that it has acquired Prospero. Prospero is itself a provider of enterprise community solutions, but where Mzinga mainly deals with corporate social networks, Prospero’s product line focuses on the consumer side of community building. The combined company will become a market leader in the enterprise community space, with 1 billion pages served per month across 14,000 communities.
[From Enterprise Community Provider Mzinga Swallows Propsero - ReadWriteWeb]
This piece on the AP/Google deal is a really good read. Basically I think that newspapers have sown the seeds for their own destruction insofar as abandoning real reporting in favor of wire services. But in the end it points to the need for newspapers to double down and focus on local and regional coverage as a means of driving their advertising.
The AP/Google Alliance sends bad signals to newspapers
Mutter beautifully describes the decision by Google to divert traffic away from publishers and broadcasters by linking directly to news of AP, AFP, UK Press Association and Canadian press. Consumers will no longer follow an AP story to the Bighorn Bugle.
Mutter does a great job of explaining the banner ad implications of the move and he correctly points out how papers like the Bugle have never netted huge traffic from AP stories. And, he is spot-on when he describes the way too many newspapers are shying away from original content on their sites and relying on wire copy.
[From McGuire on Media » The AP/Google Alliance sends bad signals to newspapers]
When are “privacy advocates” expressing something other than worry about technology?
Radio frequency ID tags in garments worry privacy experts
Their goal is to raise awareness among consumers that the data-gathering chips are becoming embedded in their lives – in items like credit cards, public transportation passes, work access badges, borrowed library books and supermarket loyalty cards.
[From Radio frequency ID tags in garments worry privacy experts - International Herald Tribune]
Of course when it comes to Facebook we should probably be watching the privacy topic more closely…
Enraged by Facebook
But today took the cake. Today I received a comment on a posted item from a person who is not in my friends list, and it tipped me off that something must be funky over in privacy setting land again.
To my horror and irritation, Facebook has re-vamped that whole page… and re-set all my privacy options back to so that I’m sharing my Facebook life with “All my networks and all my friends”.
[From Enraged by Facebook | ~a smattering of sarah~]