Interview with Matt “BlackBelt” Jones by Rusty Foster of Kuro5hin. “I’m working for the BBC’s new media development team — and currently working closely with News Online around initiatives to involve people with politics, democracy and their civic environment in general. This is taking the form of a major ‘social software’ project — that is one that seeks to help people self-organize and collaborate in the creation and exchange of knowledge and information around this subject matter — which integrates with BBC News Online’s depth of content and coverage.” Also see Matt’s weblog. (OJR via JD Lasica)
Newsplex opening: EPN World Reporter is live on the scene of the 3rd International Summit on Newsrooms, running in conjunction with the opening of Newsplex .… Also check out this video Tomorrow’s News, which features convergence scenarios of fancy technologies deployed in a newsroom.
What Happened to Community Online?: A view of online community from a marketing/advertising perspective, though a little thick on the marketing lingo. “A marketer that identifies key affinity groups for their products and develops campaigns specifically targeted at speaking to those groups is truly utilizing the web the way it should be.” Later in the article, “The best affiliate campaigns identify different affinity groups with groups or segments of the product line and target them with tailored messaging aimed at that audience.” (MediaPost)
GooglePeople will take a “who is” question (like Who is the founder of Google?) and give you back a list of potential people. We got a bunch of “Server errors” when we tried it. But we like the idea...
Two DOM ideas: Adrian Holovaty drops a couple innovative Document Object Model (DOM) ideas for news/information sites: User comments within articles, User-manipulated stories. Definitely worth a read.
New weblog: Steven Johnson, author of Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software now has a weblog. There’s not much on there yet, but he says he’s working on a new book. Perhaps we’ll get a peek on his weblog....
Publish your heart out with easy-to-use Web tools: “… grass-roots publishing tools are putting the power of authorship in the hands of millions — although ease of use often comes at the expense of creative control. (Reuters on Yahoo via Scripting News)