Thursday, September 05, 2013

"Auteurs" and "artists" who know me should network online; Post staffers disagree on "news customer" trends as Bezos takes over

Here are a couple “random” remarks, like in a mathematics textbook.
A number of artists, musicians, writers, journalists, filmmakers, technology bloggers and the like may find themselves frequently mentioned in some of my blogs.  In some but not all cases I may be linked to them on Facebook or Twitter (not always both) or LinkedIn.  I encourage people whom I know (or whose work I know and follow) to meet one another online.  Usually, the easiest place to check is Twitter, first the professional feed if there is more than one account for a particular person.  Many but not all people link their Twitter feeds into Facebook.  I do that. 
I can remember that maybe six years ago, many people kept blogs on Myspace.  By then, some celebrities had both Facebook and Myspace blogs, but until maybe 2009 or so, the Myspace blogs were often much more complete, as Facebook had much smaller character limits (I think it’s 450, but not 140 like Twitter).  For example,  I can recall a few years ago that Ashton Kutcher had a lot more material on Myspace than Facebook.
There has been a lot of talk about the acquisition of the Washington Post by Jeff Bezos, and what kind of tinkering or experimentation he may try.  Bezos seems to express skepticism about the development of paywalls, because users can always go to other sites that summarize the news “for free”.  There’s also a lot going on right now on Twitter among Post staffers, to the effect that people under 35 or so don’t read anything on printed paper at all, and that almost everyone over 50 does.  I think that’s an overstatement.  Some papers and magazines (including scientific and medical journals) like to set things up so that the most cost-effective subscription gives both print copies and digital access.   I think social media has an effect on how people receive news, with the Facebook Timeline concept, personalizing it, so that not only conventional print media but older Web 1.0 information sites blogs and have trouble competing for audience.  I have to think about this, and I think that the business models of service providers, if not even shared web hosts, can eventually be affected, as they will be affected by “do not track.”

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