Why I am so happy that I chose Flickr over Instagram for my photo of the day project

If you want to learn to be a better photographer, skip Instagram and head over to Flickr. Forget the filters. Skip the smartphone. If you want to become a better photographer, even when you use filters and smartphones, dedicate a week, a month or even a year to carrying around a dedicated camera everyday and …

“There’s no hard-and-fast data that quantifies… but we know”

This pernicious phrase reared its ugly head in a CNET piece about Facebook and teens: There’s no hard-and-fast data that quantifies Facebook’s teen problem. But we know — from observing teens, talking to parents and analysts, and from a few company statements — that age doesn’t become Facebook with this group. There is a reason …

Episode 20: Punctuation versus links

ХудожникБогородица Over at the Interchange Project Jeremy and I discuss the whole Jim Romenesko/Poynter affair and much more this week. We think both Romesnko and Poynter were in the right and wrong here. It’s complicated. We wish things would have ended better. Our discussion of Romenesko leads Jeremy to discuss how he handles miss attribution …

Who needs a business model, anyway? Online journalism does. #jcarn

This post is for the Carnival of Journalism. Every month some of the top journalism thinkers around get together to debate topics in journalism. What’s the biggest problem facing journalism today? Lack of journo-hackers? Not enough staff resources? Too little focus on mobile? Not enough data? Print curmudgeons? Lack of free coffee for employees? No. The …

Social media IS engaging in the political process

I have a voice. You have a voice. Everyone using the Internet to connect with people all over the world has a voice. We deserve to be heard. Social media is amplifying that voice, letting us reach people and institutions like never before. Smart companies and individuals have leveraged social media to connect with more …

Followers (or fans or friends) are not all created equal

It’s easy to get followers; it’s hard to get good followers. Be patient. There are a bunch of tools to get people and organizations a mass of Twitter followers quickly. But raw numbers won’t help you. What your organization needs are followers that actually care about your product and want to interact with you. That’s why I …