Archive | 25 May 2010

Who is danah boyd?

At the MCDM Town Hall this past Sunday, we were brainstorming possible professors/guest lecturers in small groups. I suggested danah boyd, and one of my group members said, “Who’s danah boyd?” Read More…

A Few Tools and Reflections on Design

On the subject of handy plug-ins. My Calendar ( is a great way to add a calendar page to a website. The interface allows for recurring events as well as single events. Another tool for folks wanting to design there own theme is WordPRess Theme Generator ( It allows people create their own simple themes. Read More…

Reanalysis of Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest

A task-based analysis of the Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest ( reveals that site’s navigation could be more efficient to serve its primary purposes. The design certainly doesn’t help navigation. A few clicks can be eliminated as could a pop-up window. Read More…

Online Advertising Made Almost Too Easy

The continual conundrum of the online world is how to make money. Innovative and brilliant websites struggle mightily to establish fiscal success. Increasingly advertising is the angle companies are embracing to generate revenue, whether YouTube or the hyperlocal blog.

Of course, actually getting the advertising is the difficult part of this equation.

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Pew: Traditional Media a Primary Source for Bloggers

Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism just came out with a new report this week that indicates traditional media still provides the vast majority of information leveraged by the blogosphere.  During a 29- week period Pew tracked news stories that appeared in traditional media and blog activity within the top social networks (YouTube, Twitter and Facebook).

Not surprisingly, it was found that news-oriented blogs were the most similar to mainstream news sites in terms of the topics covered.  However, bloggers tended to pick up and run with controversial topics worthy of opinionated “conversation” such as same-sex marriage, changes to the healthcare system and privacy on Facebook.   Bloggers also gravitated to different source outlets for different topics.  Newspapers were frequently the sources for stories about politics and government – 44% of those stories linked from USA Today were on this topic, 34% for the Los Angeles Times, 28% for the Washington Post and 19% for the New York Times.   Fully 87% of the stories linked to were straight news accounts from traditional media, compared to only 13% of opinion columns (most of the opinion column links came from the Washington Post).

BBC News was the most popular source overall, constituting 23% of the total links studied.  CNN and BBC were the most often linked sites for foreign news topics.  The Washington Post was the key source for stories related to US Government and politics and the New York Times was more often linked to for business and economics news (28%).  The New York Post was the traditional rag of choice for celebrity bloggers.   And lastly, Fox was the sole source for domestic defense and military news links, accounting for 11% of all Fox News links and 100% of all U.S. defense stories.

Conventional wisdom says that the blogosphere is going to eventually crush traditional media and make it obsolete.   But these statistics indicate bloggers need the traditional media as a vehicle for engaging the masses and driving traffic to their sites.  Traditional media outlets have demonstrated a willingness to embrace the blogosphere.  It might be nice for the blogosphere to acknowledge the important role traditional media plays in its collective success.

Social Media Revolution? Convince My Boss.

There has been a lot of dialog recently about what everyone is referring to as the “social media revolution.” On numerous occasions during my time here at the University of Washington’s MCDM program we have been told that social media have resulted in a shift in the way we communicate. These platforms have provided a connection between industries and consumers that was unprecedented 10 years ago. The key issue that advertisers and marketers are running into today is convincing their bosses that these platforms are important for the future success of the company, and do require more than a few daily posts by a $9 an hour intern. But what do you tell your boss if he just doesn’t get it? Here are some ideas.

In a speech to the Association of  National Advertisers, the CEO of Procter and Gamble, A.G. Lafley, stated that

The more in control we are, the more out of touch we become. But the more willing we are to let go a little, the more we’re finding we get in touch with consumers.

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Color Perception: It’s In The Brain

I finally had a chance to review the color portion of our class blog and I decided to look up color perception and see what on-line resource would be interesting to me.  What I found was an article on how color perception isn’t Read More…