European unions forged online

This week I wrote a piece for the Financial Times about social software in the UK/Europe. Somewhere along the line (sub editing and the limitations of print) it was shortened, so at the risk of putting something unedited out there (yes, even in the age of blogging, some of us think peer editing is important), here’s the unedited version. I had a lot to say… : European unions forged online

Why RSS needs nurturing

I have a been a big advocate of RSS in the past. But this article (which I have come to late, alas) has an interesting take on how RSS might start to look like a DOS attack. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I’m afraid we are going to have to get used to these issues, or come up with more interesting ways of dealing with them, since

Why no Media Guardian RSS feed?

Why on earth is there still no RSS feed from the Media Guardian? Are they afraid of something? Do they think media people don’t ‘get it’ (they may be right actually, but that’s another debate). Or are they worried it might adversely affect their impressions? In fact, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that you have to register for their stories? Could it be that their new

US voters used net, cable and talk radio to inform their choice

Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee who runs the instapundit US political blog says: “Thanks to the internet, cable news channels and talk radio, media bias is easier to spot and easier for people to bypass. This not only changes views, but prevents the formation of a phoney consensus – what experts call “preference falsification” – resulting from widespread, and unified, media bias. “It’s because of

Media catches up with online

Everywhere new media appears to be having an effect which the old media doesn’t seem capable of keeping up with. Blogs Send Stocks Into Reverse was a headline today on Reuters, after the markets suddenly realised that “chatter on the Internet speculated that early exit polls had Sen. John Kerry leading the presidential election in key swing states.” As Nick Denton notes: “In an internet era, it’s impossible to maintain