Friday Finds | September 7, 2012

September 7, 2012

by Kim Taylor

Here’s a collection of the neat things I found on the Web this week:

Pitch Pinning” – Combines Pinterest with Pitch Engine to give your news release a social layer.

Smore – Smore is to fliers (note the correct spelling) what Weebly is to websites … a great turnkey solution for quick-turnaround projects.

What Bill Clinton wrote vs. what Bill Clinton said” – This is simply fascinating for any speech writer or communicator and a heck of a lot of ad-libbing.

The Wall Street Journal’s WorldStream – Don’t think video is important to journalists?  Think again.

Typography is all around us and now there’s an app for that.  Enter, font.ly.

Irrive is described as a social scrapbook.  It streamlines all of your check-ins, photos, status updates, etc. into one easily shareable place.  File Under:  Why didn’t I think of that.

And, just for fun … this is a pretty genius solution for separating the egg yolk from the egg white.  Bonus points if you can actually understand her.


All Intensive Purposes

July 11, 2012

by Kim Taylor

I know what you’re thinking … it’s all intents and purposes You’re right; it is.  But, if you’re one of the students James Courter refers to in his Wall Street Journal piece, you might – like I did a few years back –mistake the two.

Courter blames students’ lack of reading for some of these hilarious gaffes:

Except, the reality is, they’re not so hilarious.  And, they made me think immediately of a blog post I wrote a couple months ago about Florida’s FCAT dilemma.  But, here’s the thing.  I’m well-read and college-educated, but somewhere along the lines of life I heard (or misheard) the phrase “all intents and purposes” (first coined in 1546, by the way) and it stuck.  I used it incorrectly until I was finally corrected by a friend—it’s still a joke between us today.

The point is, FCATs aren’t the answer; reading isn’t the answer; and, writing isn’t the answer.  They are all the answer.  But, thanks for the laugh, Mr. Courter.


The End of the Internet

February 2, 2011

by Roger Pynn

It was only a matter of time.  The Wall Street Journal reported today that the Internet is about to run out of new addresses … those numerical labels you and I probably only see when someone from the IT team is trying to solve a problem with our computers … or perhaps when setting up a new e-mail account.

Remember that wonderful television commercial for Direct-TV where a late-night Web surfer came face-to-face with this message?

Alert:  You have reached the end of the Internet.

You have seen everything there is to see.

Please go back.  Now.

In fact, there are even a number of one-page websites where you can send your friends for a laugh.

For those of us who dream up new uses for Internet sites and work to drive traffic, this has meaning.  WSJ explains there’s a solution … but, perhaps, before rolling out a whole new IP address system we could talk all those squatters into give up some of the addresses they are sitting on.

Here’s one I’ll bet you won’t get someone to give up anytime soon:  66.220.149.32.



A Bright Spot for Traditional Media

September 22, 2010

by Dan Ward

Lost among the alarm bells heralding the death of news media is this interesting finding from the Pew Center for People and the Press, reported in L. Gordon Crovitz’ September 20 Wall Street Journal column:  people are consuming more news, not less.

According to the Pew study, Americans are spending more time accessing news than a decade ago.  The difference, unsurprisingly, is where they’re getting that news.

Among those in their 30s and 40s, as many people now read news through social networking sites as those who read newspapers.  Rather than let an editor they’ve never met decide “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” they’re looking to friends and followers to filter the news for them.

I still enjoy both.  I read a hard copy of the paper each morning, but I also fire up my iPad each day to see what friends are sharing on Twitter and Facebook, and to review the online edition of the Wall Street Journal.

The Pew study tells us that while traditional media continue to struggle turning a profit with all these new distribution channels, they are anything but dead.  If anything, the news they produce is being seen by more eyeballs than ever before.


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