First, some innovation news: Journalists are trying out Foursquare as a news tool. Metro, a Canadian paper, will begin integrating Foursquare with their content, allowing followers to receive mobile alerts when they’re in the vicinity of a story Metro has covered. Here’s the link to Metro’s own story on the team-up. Keep this in mind as you prepare to develop your own innovation projects.
Also, remember the video Austin showed us in class Tuesday? As if they read our minds, Apple’s making it happen. Check out this liveblog from the New York Times on the announcement. Then check out philly.com’s reasons for why it’s not as great for journalism as everyone’s saying.
(While you’re at it, take note of how a liveblog works – liveblogging tonight’s State of the Union could be a nifty post!)
For week 4, we’re going to be talking about links as the atomic unit of online communication. The hyperlink is an obvious use of linking, but social media applications employ linking in their own way. So let’s read about links:
- David G. Post, in this 1997 essay (ancient history!!!), lays out some common questions and criticisms of the humble link that are still pertinent today.
- Bill Thompson talks about links as the key component of “the semantic Web.” We may argue, as he puts it, “a link is just a link,” yet often there is more going on in the way the link is used.
- Finally, here’s a business-oriented strategy guide to “link wheels” focused on getting your site into the thick of bigger sites’ linking process. What’s your impression of what the author describes?
What do you think about links? What is the nature of a link, and what are the ways in which we use them? Do you agree that the link is the fundamental unit of online communication? Finally, what kind of ethics and etiquette do you see as necessary for linking in journalistic and personal work?
Remember to respond to this post by noon on Monday, Feb. 1. As always, responses should be around 200 words, and links to arguments or evidence on your own blog or elsewhere are strongly recommended.