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Is Damian an omen for mainstream media?

Changing channels: Damian gets his news on Twitter. A well-informed colleague of Share Wars doesn’t read newspapers or look at news website homepages anymore. Aged 33, @Damian78 grew up reading papers and spent his 20s on websites and blogs. Through the 1990s, his staples were The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald. Now, he uses Twitter […]

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Four points from Yury Lifshits

Four points from Yury Lifshits

We have been in contact with Yury Lifshits, the author of the Yahoo! Labs Ediscope paper, who is now in Russia working on not one but four new non-Yahoo projects. Unfortunately none of those involve social analytics, so our earlier hypothesis that an excess of tech investment money caused Ediscope to shrivel on the vine […]

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The mainstream news/social media value exchange.

The mainstream/social value exchange

While Share Wars is chiefly concerned with how journalists and their organisations distribute through social networks, we’re also pondering the role of the mainstream publisher in reporting and explaining stories trending in social media. Since the early days of the web, portals have presented a filtered view of the total offering. Each day, portal editors offer a […]

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The loyal dog of the Japanese tsunami

Loyal dogs = engaged readers

The image of the dead soldier’s dog lying by its master’s coffin, heaving deep sighs, is one that’s going to be with us for a while. The story broke on Thursday. Navy Seal Jon Tumilson died in the Chinook chopper downing that killed 37 other American personnel in the most deadly single incident of the […]

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Winehouse, Oslo and the bearers of bad news

Winehouse, Oslo and the bearers of bad news

Amy Winehouse’s appearance at the Camden Roundhouse in north London last month seemed to be just another strange performance by the soul singer renowned for her drug and alcohol problems. Fresh off the wagon, Winehouse reportedly drank shots at the bar before jumping on stage alongside her goddaughter, singer Dionne Bromfield. Video footage of her […]

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Cover of Raymond Chandler's Pick-up on Noon Street

James Gleick, The Information and good stories

“Information implies surprise.” One evening in 1955 Claude Shannon walked to the bookshelf, pulled out a book and read an incomplete sentence to his wife. The sentence was “A small oblong reading lamp on the -” and the book was “Pickup on Noon Street”, by Raymond Chandler. His wife had to guess the next letters […]

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The ultimate guide to healthy sharing

The ultimate guide to healthy sharing

Each of the following five stories has appeared on ninemsn’s Health site during the past six months: Women’s habits men find annoying One-in-five brides gains nearly 10kg in first year of marriage Breast cancer vaccine on the way Get Jessica Biel’s body 65 Roses Day helping fight cystic fibrosis One of them received 620 Facebook shares, […]

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Why Share Wars?

It is commonplace in digital news media to talk about social networking. In fact, no one gives it the full name anymore – it’s just “social”. “What are you doing in social?” “Social is our emphasis this year”, and so forth. The most meaningful result of all this talk has been the adoption of Facebook […]

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