Interesting things for Saturday

sheeeeeetHere is today’s collection of links and things that have come my way in between marking.

First off is something that makes me feel less guilty about giving you lots of links to work with. Gina Chen at Save the Media notes that linking was missing from list of 10 Tips for Journalists Who Blog, and posts about why it’s so important. It is, it really is. One thing I’m asked A LOT by journalists that I meet is ‘How do i get my blog more popular/visible/in search engines?’ I say “link”.

It’s still a surprise that so many ‘blogs’ published on MSM sites continue to appear without one link in the posts. THAT’S NOT BLOGGING. A link is about recognizing/being part of a bigger discussion. As Kirk Lapointe points out in his reflection on his first year blogging ” Giving credit where it’s due is a virtue online because your community feels respected, encouraged and understood.”

Tim Windsor muses on Don Tapscott’s take on the new digital audiences in his book  Grown Up Digital and asks Who are the digital natives? And what do they want? He then asks you “How are your sites changing to meet the increased expectation of Gen Net?” Do you need to ask that question? Are all young people Gen Net? What about Gen Off-Net? And doesn’t the media depend on the fact that a good deal of young people turn in to the same kind of old people their folks are?  Almost like having a demographic band that people move in to rather than defined by peoples behavior. Anyway, it’s an interesting read.

Picking up on yesterdays theme of recommendation (hello to today’s new twitter followers) Elaine Helm has some recommendations for Journo blogs to follow at Wired Journalists. One in particular that I hadn’t seen before was Brian Boyer’s Sixth W. What’s the sixth w? who, what, where, when, why and web.  I like that. I also hadn’t seen Matt McAlister’s Inside Online media. Posting is light, but good. I particularly like his post on Why the open strategy is a good idea.

Another source that gets a mention in the comments on Helm’s post is Delicious’ popular posts tagged with journalism. If you don’t use Delicious I would highly recommend you give it a whirl. Think of it like Digg but without the viral videos. Before you do, you might want to check out Jason Falls’ The Practical Guide To Content Tagging In Social Bookmarking which talks about tagging. I think delicious is a great place to learn/try tagging as it shows how it can work personally and then that experience can transfer across to the way you tag for an audience. It’s the future you know.

Talking of new discoveries and useful things, my new glut of twitter followers has included a number with non-English language blogs that are rather spiffing. These include the French espritblog.com by Fabrice Gontier, who’s all over multimedia at the wonderfully titled Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journaliste. The perfectionnement des journaliste, I love that.  Another new follower is Antonio Granad whose blog Ponto Media I’ve been following for a while.  Of course there are plenty of other great foreign language blogs out there including: onlinejournalismus.de, r73.net and the wonderful Alex Gamela’s O Lago.

Alex blogs in English and Portuguese which makes me think the best language for a journalist to learn this year may not be Java or php etc. but an actual foreign language. But as my grasp of a foreign language (to my shame)  doesn’t stretch far beyond what’s on the back of a wine label, I rely on Mloovi to translate foreign language sites in to English RSS feeds so I can get lots of their loveliness in my reader. I use Google reader which picks up the post is a translation and automatically feeds any post you click to through its translator. Cool.

Speaking of useful online tools. It seems that the macworld rumour mill has kicked in with news that imovie may be going in to the cloud. Crunch gear have speculated that macs low-end, iwork video app may be moving online as Apple get to grips with online applications.  Computerworld notes the rumour and wonders if Apple is truly ready to go online after the ‘fiasco’ with MobileMe.

And finally the picture. Yes, its Clay Davis from the pure genius that is The Wire from Toffutibreak via Ben Hammersley’s Other Blog. And if that’s your thing then this may be as well.