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Tumblr is a microblogging platform created in 2007 by David Karp and Marco Arment and owned by Yahoo. Tumblr is often referred to as a “microblogging” service because its features are designed for simplicity. Though the blogs offer users background themes and other design options, Tumblr is not as customizable as platforms like WordPress or…

Megan Garber    May 7, 2010

The Awl put it best: “For sale: Perennial runner-up weekly publication in dying media segment. $0 or best offer. Includes funny Tumblr.” The Tumblr in question? Newsweek’s. Yes, Newsweek‘s. The “foul-mouthed” and “Gawkeresque (old Gawkeresque)” cousin of newsweek.com — the site that, in response to this week’s news of the magazine’s sale, announced: “Look, We Don’t…

Twitter    March 8, 2010

Now that it’s passed the billion-pageviews-a-month benchmark, Tumblr sets its sights on revenue generation http://j.mp/ct94iv » Media exec on the problem with online video: “It’s hard to justify $75 CPMs on Hulu and other big properties” http://j.mp/dz4zEK » “Be ready to shift gears often”: Our @martinlangeveld‘s white paper on publishers’ iPad strategies http://j.mp/djfrb4 » Meet Mediagazer, Techmeme’s new…

Twitter    November 23, 2009

Nice. Newsweek has a Tumblr, and it looks good, links out http://tr.im/FBtW (HT @bigboxcar) » Speaking of news orgs on Tumblr, @NYT_JenPreston says the NY Times is getting in on that “very soon” http://tr.im/FBAJ » RT @bigboxcar: We have a tumblr, too. Not nearly nice as Newsweek’s http://minnpost.tumblr.com | Us, “too!” http://niemanlab.tumblr.com » NYT tries a “living article” for global…

Joshua Benton    April 15, 2014

At Digiday, Ricardo Bilton has a piece on a few news orgs’ moves away from comment sections. The Chicago Sun-Times is temporarily killing them off (and yet: “we are working on development of a new commenting system”). Vox launched without comments (though some sort of system is in the works). I feel like “some news…

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Caroline O'Donovan    April 8, 2014

About a year and a half ago, a team of developers and journalists won $450,000 from Knight to redesign Census.IRE.org, now known as Census Reporter. The funding for that project expires this spring, after extensive user interviews and demos. It’s interesting to look at what nearly half a million dollars and a year can do…

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Joshua Benton    April 2, 2014

If you’ve got an iPhone or an iPod touch, NYT Now is out now and a free download. The new app from The New York Times promises to offer a subset of the Times’ content to a mobile-focused audience that gets its news on the go and wants a lower price point. It’s the most…

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Mark Coddington    March 21, 2014

High expectations for FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver relaunched his data-driven blog, FiveThirtyEight, this week under the auspices of ESPN as a full-blown data journalism site covering sports, politics, economics, science, and culture with a masthead of about 20. Silver introduced the new site with a manifesto for his style of data journalism, outlining a four-step process of collection,…

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Joshua Benton    March 5, 2014

Hey, look, it’s some boiled crawfish: And the great Creole fiddler Cedric Watson: And a stock photo of a professor in a classroom: And Walter Lippmann lecturing in 1952: Those photos are all from the esteemed Getty Images — a place we at Nieman Lab and thousands of other publishers have paid good American money…

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Mark Coddington    February 21, 2014

Why WhatsApp? And why $19 billion?: The arms race between Google, Facebook, and Twitter reached stunning new heights this week when Facebook announced it was buying the messaging app WhatsApp in a $19 billion deal — by comparison, it bought Instagram two years ago for $1 billion. The Wall Street Journal has a good overview of the…

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Joshua Benton    February 11, 2014

You may have seen my column yesterday on the rise of content designed for social sharing — a category that for me includes everything from pure-viral outlets like Upworthy to more newsy but still sharing-optimized sites like Quartz. This was my basic argument: It’s easy to be put off by viral headlines — even in…

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Eric Athas    February 5, 2014

By now you’ve likely come across Digg’s terrific piece on viral audio. And if you haven’t ventured beyond the headline, it’s worth a read. The piece picks apart this question: How come audio never goes viral? That’s a question we’ve been exploring over the past year here at NPR Digital Services. We set out to…

Justin Ellis    January 29, 2014

The team at Breaking News has been tinkering with how to deliver information to readers more effectively on mobile devices. Late last year, its compelling new iteration on its mobile app gave readers the option of customizing what news and alerts are most interesting to them (more Syria, less Miley — or vice versa). Now…

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Mark Coddington    January 6, 2014

This week’s post covers the past two weeks, including everything from Christmas up through this weekend. The Times pushes for Snowden’s clemency: U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden received some strong support from a rather unexpected source last week, as The New York Times editorial board made a forceful case for the U.S. to grant…

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Joshua Benton    December 27, 2013

The 25 Most Popular Nieman Lab Stories of 2013 In rough chronological order, and with a pinch of design inspiration from BuzzFeed. posted on December 27, 2013 at 10:00am EST The newsonomics of a news company of the future reddit.com The Financial Times is ahead of the curve in harnessing data on its customers —…