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What if Worked Like Flickr

His site is down at the moment, but last month Doc Searls pointed out that nearly every newspaper site looks really, really awful. I agree, and so it was with interest that I read Travis’s article re-imagining a newspaper story for a social media future:

We see that Flickr isn’t itself perfect, and certain acknowledge that it has been imperfectly adapted in this exercise for a second life as an online news site. However, we feel that there’s much to be learned, and frankly, improved, in traditional media sites, and you could do worse than to copy one of the most successful sites to appear in recent years.

Newspaper editors of the world, pay attention.

2 Responses to “What if Worked Like Flickr”

  1. CNT

    I agree that Tickr is better than (not to mention every other online newspaper, although isn’t half-bad) in every way, but are newspaper sites designed in order to facilitate the exchange, transfer, etc of information?

    I would argue that online newspapers have no intention of facilitating “sharing instead of…telling.”

    Who would they share with? Newspapers are in the business of selling advertising, whether it be online or in print. The content itself is almost an afterthought.

    I would also argue that there isn’t much *unique* content to be shared. Take out wire service stories and generic content that can be accessed across Canada, and you’re not left with much, unless you’re the NY Times, which has plenty of content.

    And whatever is left behind is hidden, more often than not, behind the proprietary firewall/label of “premium content.”

    And is this contenmmost newspapers have so little in the way of content, that there is nothing much to tag.

    Once again, I think the issue that prevents newspapers from acting as social media is that they’re in the process of selling ads rather than creating information. That said, someone has to create the information in the first place, and due to their size and resources, newspapers and other media orgs really have the power to do this.

    Blah blah blah

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