links for 2010-01-21

  • "In terms of getting new messages, the MySpace Shot is the single most effective photo type for women. " (But if you're a man it's better to show off your pet than your abs!)
  • (tags: data google tools)
  • "I started this list when I spoke to students at a high school journalism conference on how it is possible to do everything you need as a journalist by using free products. Since then, this list continues to grow! It can be helpful for anyone trying to do good journalism on a tight budget."
  • Associated Northcliffe Digital, the digital media arm of DMGT, has acquired the stake in Globrix for an undisclosed sum. AND intends to move Globrix into its Digital Property Group which includes Findaproperty, Primelocation and Findahome.
    (tags: business)
  • "Outsell, a research group, reported this week that only 6 per cent of US online readers say they would pay online news sites if they charged. If we are to take the figure at face value (which I don't think we should), then The Guardian could get 2.1m people to subscribe to it online, making it highly profitable at a stroke. Even 1 per cent would give it a subscription base of 350,000."
  • In the future, both Twitter and Google hope to improve the relevance of search returns in all contexts by adding geo-location data, which can be added to postings sent from smart phones. In general, real-time search "is evolving," says Dylan Casey, the Google product manager for real-time search. "I talk with the guys at Twitter on a regular basis to learn where the feature is going. We get feedback from them, we give them feedback, and our engineers collaborate. It is truly symbiotic."
  • "The report said 25 per cent of companies reported a fall in total spending, while 18 per cent reported an increase. The balance of -7 is a marked improvement from the -15 the previous quarter and was "the highest since the first quarter of 2008, and well above the record lows seen in late 2008 and early 2009"."
  • "Guardian.co.uk says it’s sold 68,979 copies of its premium iPhone app since launching in December. At £2.39 a pop in the UK (and $3.99 in U.S.), that’s £164.859 in income over the month, or, at that rate, £1.97 million (about $3.2 million) a year."
  • "Caroline Little, chief executive of Guardian America, told Press Gazette the company did not have any specific plans but was exploring possibilities for New York-based PaidContent. She said: "We have thought about the possibility of charging for some of our content on PaidContent.org, but the first thing we wanted to do was hear from our readers.""
  • "Rusbridger said: "It would be crazy if we were to all jump behind a pay wall and imagine that would solve things." He conceded that, whilst pay walls are unlikely to be erected around Guardian.co.uk, it was good that journalism was "trying different things.""
  • "Our strategy is to build the metered model while we remain focused on making NYTimes.com more compelling, interactive and entertaining, providing many more reasons for online audiences to visit our site and stay longer. In the weeks ahead, we will be adding resources to achieve these critically important goals. "
  • "Its not summer yet, but that's a lot of swallows. With respect to the End of FreeConomics, we hate to say we told you so, but…well, we told you so :-) Till the next rush of dumb money hits the Tech market, of course…. "
    (tags: business)

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