International Delete Your Myspace Account Day is here!

The day has finally arrived. Last Sunday I declared January 30th to be International Delete Your Myspace Account Day. The idea quickly caught fire, being linked to on hundreds of websites spanning from Digg to Fark to MSNBC. Several journalists interviewed me about the day, including live radio and television interviews. I was also interviewed by a journalist at the Washington Post. A Myspace spokeswoman even responded to the

The New Yorker gains 16,000 new fans during Facebook experiment

A week ago, the New Yorker released a free Jonathan Franzen essay that would have normally resided behind its paywall. The only catch? You had to “like” its Facebook page and access the story through the social networking giant. And you had to do so within the one-week time period the story would appear.

The move was widely covered by the news media, likely adding an even larger boost to …

The 50 most popular newspaper blogs

Every month, Editor and Publisher publishes a list of the most visited newspaper websites based on unique visitors. But while this gives you an idea of the overall traffic of a newspaper site, I was interested in diving in and determining the success each of these newspapers has had with the blogging medium. After all, the New York Times alone has more than 60 blogs, and most of the top …

Tweets coming out of Iran are retweeted an average of 57.8 times

Like millions of others, I’ve been fascinated with the live tweeting that has been emanating from the citizens in Iran. Many have flocked to the streets to protest and are using hashtags to record their experiences, and many outside of Iran have begun to retweet their accounts.

But if an Iranian protester tweets his experience, how many retweets should he expect to get?

To test this, I picked 100 tweets …

LA Times blog editor Tony Pierce responds to criticism about National Enquirer story

tony pierce la timesEver since the National Enquirer broke the story that former Senator John Edwards had visited a Beverly Hills hotel to meet with his alleged lover and love child, there has been no shortage of accusations that mainstream media outlets were ignoring the story. These criticisms were magnified after an email sent by Los Angeles Times blog editor Tony Pierce to his blogging staff leaked to the outside world.

“There has …

Tor Books to offer social networking, original short fiction and nonfiction online

Tor Books, a major science fiction and fantasy publisher, announced recently that it would offer free weekly ebooks of its print titles if you sign up for its email newsletter. But this is just part of a larger online expansion that will include social networking and the publication of original short fiction and nonfiction, sources familiar with the project told me.

Two sources who spoke to me on condition of …

Editors from LA Times, Salon, CrunchGear, Hot Air, and Mediaite weigh in on whether Gizmodo editor should be considered a “journalist”

It was the shot heard round the blogosphere. After nearly a week of speculation on whether Gizmodo had purchased a “stolen” next-gen iPhone, one it then flaunted to the tune of millions of pageviews, police raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home on Friday, confiscating four computers, two servers, and other items as part of an investigation presumably into whether the iPhone had been obtained illegally. Unsurprisingly, the Gizmodo post

Mapping the Diversity of the Blogosphere: A Bloggasm Case Study

Premise: After reading a Newsweek article that discussed the lack of diversity in the blogosphere, I instantly became fascinated with the discussion of how the semi-anonymous blogosphere’s diversity compares to the diversity of traditional media. When talking about this Newsweek article, several bloggers pointed out that in many cases, you don’t know the race or gender of a blogger, which theoretically means that there is a somewhat-even playing field …

Did Random House’s free online book releases affect sales?

john hiltonA doctoral student crunches the numbers to determine whether releasing books through Creative Commons and other methods really does benefit authors and publishers.

John Hilton admits up front that there would be no way to definitively prove one way or another whether releasing a book for free online will help boost print sales of the same title — he called such absolute statements “irresponsible” — but he is nonetheless trying …