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Are traditional news organisations failing to exploit Twitter?

This is a perfect example of how mainstream news orgs got so far behind on the web — they see the web as just another distribution channel for their own content. Open the chute and shovel the content in.

Scott Karp at publishing2: http://publishing2.com/2008/10/29/newsrooms-can-grow-twitter-followers-by-using-twitter-for-link-journalism/

“Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

It’s hard to see why anyone would bother following a twitter feed from a news organisation that is simply redirecting an RSS feed of their current headlines, after all, that’s what RSS is for? As Scott Karp points out – it’s probably more effective to have a real, opinionated, human journalist posting “tweets” that are more personal and interesting.

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Aberdeen Press & Journal Security error reveals users details

“Scottish newspaper The Aberdeen Press and Journal inadvertently made it easy to harvest sensitive information about registered users from its site as a result of a basic information security mistake.” The Register http://www.theregister.co.uk/

Details here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/02/scots_paper_privacy_snafu/

Aberdeen Press & Journal website: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Default.aspx

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Monster.com founder launching death notice site

Jeff Taylor, founder of jobs site Monster.com is launching Tributes.com for paid death notices.

Interview with Portfolio here

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UK heads list of long hours culture countries

The UK tops the list of wealthy nations who work excessive hours, according to the International Labour Organisation.

Does this imply that they are over-taxed  or have a dismal home life thanks to a dysfunctional society or have wonderful jobs at amazing companies? Discuss.

Link: BBC coverage.

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Dawson News investing in new systems

Dawson news has announced a £9m investment in supply chain management systems. The allocation and warehouse fulfillment systems are being provided by Sterling Commerce.

Details of the investment are contained in this press release

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The decline of news delivery

BBC Online has published an interesting magazine piece about the current state of news delivery in the UK. The piece arises from comments made in the recent NFRN conference regarding the decline of the news delivery service in British society. Essentially, kids today have enough disposable income courtesy of their parents not to care about these sorts of jobs- so employ older people perhaps? 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7431224.stm

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