Monday, October 17, 2011
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Tablet owners tend to consume a greater variety and volume of news on their devices, and tablets’ visual, interactive features encourage in-depth exploration, according to a joint study from Starcom MediaVest and the online division of the BBC.
Seventy-eight percent of respondents said that they read more news stories and follow a greater variety of news topics. More than three-fourths said that tablets make the overall news experience more enjoyable, and more than a third said they spend more hours per day with media because of their tablets.
The findings were derived from six informal, in-depth interviews and a 1,100-person survey of people in the U.S. ages 15 to 54, 88% of whom were already in possession of a tablet. All identified themselves as consumers of news content.
The study also found that two in three tablet owners frequently use their devices while doing other things, such as watching TV or spending time with friends, a habit that was even more frequent among those who had owned a tablet for seven months or longer. (Said behavior has already fueled the development of a variety of tablet apps designed to be used while consuming content on a second device, namely television sets.)
Additionally, respondents tended to gravitate more toward established news brands on their devices over “news aggregators” — a statistic the BBC will no doubt enjoy touting to advertisers. Significant numbers of respondents also said, amusingly enough, that they would sooner give up sports (47%), coffee (44%) or Facebook (44%) before giving up their tablet news apps.
One month after the first protesters showed up on Wall Street, similar movements have popped up in cities throughout the world — and many more are being planned or discussed. As “Occupy Wall Street” evolves into “Occupy Everywhere,” several new services are mapping the social media chatter surrounding them.
Similar to the dashboards news outlets like Al Jazeera and independent projects like IAmJan25 and HyperCities created to track social media surrounding the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street maps now show where relevant geotaged tweets, YouTube videos and Flickr images are being posted, in real time.
“I don’t really have a strong political opinion,” says Humphrey Flowerdew, who started mapping Occupy Wall Street tweets on Cravify.com. “I’m just interested in technology and what practical things you can do with it.”
He and his partner Trung Huynh, who are both based in London, originally built Cravify to aggregate and map real estate listings. When the London Riots started in August, however, they realized that they could use the same technology to track Tweets. The duo created a feature that would alert users when someone tweeted from their neighborhood. Once the feature launched, Huynh and Flowerdew started spreading word of the new service through their personal twitter accounts. Flowerdew says the page had 25,000 unique visitors within 24 hours.
The Cravify riot site’s quickly accelerating userbase convinced Huynh and Flowerdew that there was a demand for this kind of mapping, and it was one factor in their decision to shift into tracking Occupy Wall Street tweets. In addition to seeing where the protests are gaining the most chatter, users can read individual tweets to see how the protests are being perceived in different areas.
“It’s just a different way to get a quick snapshot of what is happening around the world,” Flowerdew says.
The Cravify Occupy Wall Street map shows tweets from throughout the world with the hashtags such as #occupywallst, #occupylsx, #occupyrome, #occupytokyo that are frequently updated.
A similar map, being maintained by geographic system software firm Esri, is more than just a hack, it’s the company’s business. Esri makes software that has been used by organizations such as the State of Texas and FEMA to map disasters in real time.
Its Occupy Wall Street map includes information from Flickr and YouTube, in addition to tweets. Their maps can be tweaked to search for specific terms in a given area. There’s also an embed option that allows anyone to post a map with their specifications on their own website.
While its true neither of these maps show where actions in the physical world take place (Mother Jones and ABC have both taken on this task), they do give an interesting look at where in the world the protests are being most discussed online and how those discussions differ.
“If you zoom out to the whole world and see the tweets coming out of American and the Western world and compare those to the tweets coming out of Asia,” Flowerdew says. “It’s interesting to see the perspective people take. And those are different than [the tweets coming] from South America and Africa … It conveys the world-wide nature of it”
I'm seeing a lot of lips in fashion magazines. Lips of all shades and colors. Big, bold lips are everywhere. Granted, blue and white lips are a fad, however, it's hard to argue that lips aren't an important fashion focal point this year.
You could say they haven't harmed anyone here downtown, except that they have. In McPherson Square, where some two or three dozen of them have been camping out for the last week, they have already ruined a few newly sodded sections of the park. The re-sodding of the park was completed this year as part of a $419,000 stimulus project to refurbish the square.
The bullet that killed Lincoln and the brains of the man who assassinated President Garfield: Military museum reveals grisly artefacts from America's past
Among the artefacts on show at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring are the brains of the man who assassinated President Garfield, the shattered right leg bones of U.S. Army Major General Daniel Sickles and a cannonball similar to the one that hit him during the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, the bullet that killed President Abraham Lincoln and the autopsy kit used on Revolutionary War Navy admiral John Paul Jones.
Occupy Washington DC movement is working with well-known media members to craft its demands and messaging while these media members report on the movement. Someone has made the emails from the Occupy Wall Street email distro public and searchable. The names in the list are a veritable who’s who in media.
...includes well known names such as MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi who both are actively participating; involvement from other listers such as Bill Moyers and Glenn Greenwald plus well-known radicals like Noam Chomsky, remains unclear.
The movement began a month ago in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park with loosely organized protests against what demonstrators consider unbridled corporate greed.
So far, those showing support for the OWS protesters:
President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, the DNCC, SEIU, the American Nazi Party, the American Communist Party and the communist leadership in China. Will Al Qaeda lend their support too?