Monthly Archives: May 2013

This Week in #SocialTV: Toilet Times..

Yahoo’s $1.8 billion mid-life crisis buys them Tumblr (done) and Hulu (rumored) but is Yahoo too old to wear skinny jeans? I guess that explains why toilet Tweeting is up 20% in 2013. So, bartender, pour me a Fanhattan. That’s Fan.TV with a twist. 


Social by the numbers:

  • 46% admit to using their device for instant messaging whilst watching TV
  • 44% used social networks in bed
  • 30% play games on their second-screen
  • 7% in the bathroom
  • 6% in the toilet (up from 5% last year)


“ConnecTV goes by the tagline: Sync, Share, Play: Sync automatically with whatever ad or TV show is being watched, share with one-touch integration via Twitter, Facebook and other major social media platforms, and play along.”


Moms are sharing.  Parenting and TV takes up one-third of shares.


Start expecting a lot more conversation about socialTV and its impact on various future experiences.


A new social app will let Dish subscribers interact with Facebook and Twitter feeds related to the show or channel they’re currently watching.



Deep Dive: Fan TV



“Built in secret, Fanhattan is finally showing off its Yves Behar-designed device to the world.”  “Like other over-the-top services that create new interfaces for browsing TV and movies, Fan TV improves on the standard 700-channel cable-TV grid by aggressively sorting your viewing options: by type of show, by movie genre, by actor, and so on.”  “Ultimately, Fan TV will work only if cable providers agree to partner with the company to provide a live TV stream.”


“The hook: Fan TV helps you quickly and easily find your favorite programs, regardless of their origins. It then delivers the shows via streaming video or live TV, and can even record like a DVR.”  “The Fan TV hardware runs software that looks like an extension of the Fanhattan app, which famously lets you identify your preferred programs — then shows you where to find them, no matter the online video service or network provider.”  “To make this work, cable and satellite TV companies must cooperate, because BianRosa says this device won’t be for those who don’t have such services — at least not at first. In other words, it’s not for “cord cutters,” those who use services such as Netflix and Hulu and reject cable TV or satellite TV subscriptions.”  “We’re thinking Apple is probably working on the same thing, with the stumbling block being negotiating with those who own the content.”


“Before we go any further we should say that as excited as we are about Fan TV, it’s still pie in the sky. The company has ZERO official partners for the service, there’s no price or street date.”


“Most of the attention in this space surrounds streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video, so it’s interesting to see Fanhattan target cable TV boxes, rather than streaming boxes, specifically. There’s certainly a market for it, but its success will inevitably lie in its price, content offering and overall user experience.”


“The wall that broadcasters and cable companies have built around their services is not long for this world, according to Barry Diller, chairman of IAC. It’s not clear who will tear it down, and it’s not clear when it will actually happen, but the “centricity” of the video world is going to shift from cable and satellite to the Internet, he said at D11 Wednesday.”


“Fan TV is based in large parts on the work Fanhattan has been doing in aggregating video content sources on the iPad and on the web.”



The rest.

“In Google’s semantic world ‘sentiment mining’ (what is being said about you), engagement (how your content is received), citation (where your website and brand are mentioned) and interaction (how your website is linked to) form the four pillars upon which your new marketing needs to be based on.”


“If the last few years have all been about building compelling mobile-first or mobile-only experiences, the latest trend seems to be bringing those experiences back to the web.”


“Chances are good that users will leave Tumblr in droves, alarmed by the rumored avalanche of advertising and the potential crackdown on content. LiveJournal users didn’t have any qualms about going to Dreamwidth and Tumblr; Flickr users bounced to Instagram and back again; and is there anybody left on MySpace? Anyone?”


Yahoo could pay $600-$800 million for Hulu.


Twitter Amplify?


“By offering so-called second-screen content synchronized with the broadcast, the networks hope they can persuade viewers to watch programming live, instead of on a digital video recorder several days after their initial broadcasts are recorded.”




Women Collaborating With Social Media More Than Men [Infographic]


The Difference Between Paid, Owned and Earned Media [Infograhic]




This Week in #Journalism: Here come the Millenials

Social media is A) gossip, B) the future of disaster response, C) a driving force behind print or D) all of the above? Twitter’s CEO thinks the crowd will sort it all out while The Financial Times is jumping all in. Traditional Journalism vs the Millennials? Let the games begin.


These are the Millennials. They grew up with computers, instant messaging on AIM, using Facebook in school, they’re not afraid to communicate in GIFs or acronyms, and they’re poised to do great things in the future. That’s why they’re worth watching. 


“Rather than laws that protect journalists, which can be hard to define on an individual level, we need laws that protect anyone engaging in the act of journalism.”


Journalism’s First Obligation Is to Tell the Truth


If we think our community is going to pay for our services (as many, including Voice of San Diego, The New York Times, and Andrew Sullivan do), then we absolutely have to learn how to serve users.


Scott Pelley: “Twitter, Facebook and Reddit? That’s not journalism. That’s gossip. Journalism was invented as an antidote to gossip.”


Twitter CEO: “We are building this global town square . . . the crowd is doing a good job of sorting out what is real and what is rumor.”  “We think of ourselves as very complementary to news orgs.”


“The Financial Times launched a new, mobile-friendly news wire today with an emphasis on speed and brevity. It’s called fastFT, and it’s something like a traditional news wire mixed with a Twitter stream, delivered both in a newsfeed on as well as on a standalone page.”


“Inside and out, [NPR’s new national headquarters] is designed to tell the 43-year story of NPR the public-supported multimedia company, from its radio roots to present-day video, apps, and photojournalism.”


Jess Cagle, Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly: “So I will very often look at the social media surrounding of a particular show and make the decision based on that.”



The new face of disaster response [infographic]

This Week in #SocialTV The Marriage Edition

The premature death knell of movie theaters and radio reminds us that TV and SocialTV still have long lives ahead of them. Will Nielsen’s counting help them count again? Yahoo! asks for Tumblr’s hand in marriage and Time Warner starts dating Hulu.


Is TV Dead? Not so Fast! “Sitting in 1952 it would have been easy to envision a time when radio would go silent and every movie theater in America would close its doors. That did not come to pass.”


“TV will change from what we have known for decades – it’s ripe for it – there’s too much visual ritalin, too many commercials, and, as narrative developments show in the Transmedia world, stories are going to get more complex on TV… as they should in the future.”


“Broadcast and cable networks say Nielsen is leaving out as much as 12 percent of viewers, because it hasn’t perfected a way to capture those who watch on the Web.”


“ABC will participate in Nielsen’s first trial to incorporate mobile video apps into the firm’s online ratings, as the network tries to get a handle on audiences accessing content across multiple devices.”


“Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt has been talking with other cable-TV providers about making a joint bid for the Web-TV hub Hulu.”


“Networks that want a strong position in the future will be great application developers. And the applications will be unique to the content.”


“Only 5% of video-watching households are Zero-TV households, but 23% percent of Netflix subscribers had cancelled their cable or satellite subscriptions.”


“Just like a regular TV network, Amazon ordered up a bunch of pilot shows this year, and will end up making a series out of some of them.”


“Increase stickiness by offering exclusive content available only through the second screen.”


“Shaw Media unveiled today an innovative way for some movie advertisers to engage viewers with a dramatic new approach to commercial breaks known as a live on screen integration.”


“Just a year ago, when you thought of a TV series, you would probably still look at it in terms of episodes and storylines. Now, you’d be more likely to look at it as a series of moments, each with a social dimension and a continuing narrative in the non-linear world.”


“People are making financial bets, if you will. They’re putting their money to work before knowing anything. The risk is certainly not worth the reward,” says Networked Insights founder and CEO Dan Neely, who equates buying ad time at the upfronts to gambling.”



“In tomorrow’s world, we’ll already be living online all the time, so the notion of “sharing” may change.”


Is Marissa Mayer About to Buy Tumblr for $1 Billion?



“TV will become a totally different experience for consumers in the next couple of years, with integrated and interactive tools and hardware made for optimizing browsing on a TV screen.”


“We can stream movies on Netflix. We can buy TV episodes on iTunes. So why, in 2013, can’t we watch live television on our smartphones, tablets and computers without a pricey cable subscription?”


“Rather than limiting the streaming distribution of its shows to Apple TV through Netflix or Hulu, the new CW app will offer users direct access to full episodes of the network’s lineup”,2817,2419121,00.asp


“GetGlue’s approach to the second screen has been to create activity feeds for each show. Each feed is a mix of comments, video, pictures, re-caps, gifs, memes and more.”


Squawka’s european second-screen experience = cash.


“ABC’s announcement that it’ll allow live streaming of its shows via its iPad and iPhone app.”


SimulTV combines streaming video content, Facebook and Twitter integration and video chat all into one web browser-based interface that you can access anywhere.”



“M-commerce sales will account for 15% of total commerce sales in 2013.”



This Week in #Journalism: It’s all About the Data

Mobile, local, amateur. The future of online journalism seems to be fast, atomized and crowdsourced but are the mountains of data we create every day accurate?

Social + mobile = the “dynamite”

“Thorough and reliable sourcing takes time, and while the papers of record focus on assembling traditional articles, less trustworthy sources take to tweeting with the slightest of substantiation.”


“Local broadcast TV viewers are 85% more likely to post photos and videos than users of all media — as compared to radio, newspapers, broadcast and cable television. But local newspapers  are higher than all other media in generating retweets — with a 54% greater likelihood.”


“Amateur journalists is an oxymoron. Those gossiping via Twitter and Facebook are not journalists. If news professionals were to put stock in such chatter without verification, they would be wrong, but there is little evidence of that really happening. The wild frontier of social media shouldn’t be conflated with the established world of journalism.”


“Though many people do still read news online that has been produced by traditional outlets, many users are now expressing that they feel the traditional outlets are ‘too slow’ or that their reporting has ‘too much of an agenda’.”


Now the New Yorker magazine says it can help journalists, and their sources, cover their tracks. It is rolling out an electronic tip box it says will give leakers and tipsters the ability to cloak their identity when they reach out to the magazine.


As the media have become more social and thereby more “networked” — whether they like it or not — smart publishers like The Guardian and ProPublica have taken advantage of this phenomenon to crowdsource knowledge in a variety of ways.


“We live in age where more data is collected than ever and that data will be used for setting policy goals and decision-making. But we also all sit behind computer screens and databases are not rocket science anymore, so if you’re not using data for investigations, you’re missing out.”


Organizations and journalists using sensor technology to create their own real-time data and then report on it. But is sensor journalism feasible or sustainable?


“Yahoo announced a new partnership with Twitter Thursday that will see select Tweets being folded into the Yahoo newsfeed.”


How Much Data Does the World Create Every Year?


How the New York Times can fight BuzzFeed & reinvent its future

“Now, if they can actually overcome their angst — and it hurts me to say this — they can change the conversation in the media business away from the increasingly shallow content and instead bring the focus back to quality and in-depth journalism, which is their stock and trade.”


Here it is: In 2012, newspapers lost $16 in print ads for every $1 earned in digital ads. And it’s getting worse, according to a new report by Pew. In 2011, the ratio was just 10-to-1.


Moreover, 59% of Americans age 18-24, the youngest group of adults surveyed, access newspaper content across all platforms during the same time period, the study found.


The web is awash with all kinds of news. With people’s access to internet dramatically increasing in recent times, more and more newspaper readers are switching camp, putting a big question mark on the survival of print media.

This Week in #SocialTV: The Mother of All Cabletastrophes and Better Living Through Tweetistry

Wherein Mashable schools us on the history of The Second Screen, Tumblr chief nerd boasts h’wood cred (look out Twitter and Facebook?), NBC takes the live contest to the last level, and the cable industry (finally) considers The Great What-If? The Mother of All Cabletastophes? Continue reading This Week in #SocialTV: The Mother of All Cabletastrophes and Better Living Through Tweetistry

This Week in #Journalism: Everything Under the Banyan Tree

While you were busy doing other things, this week in SocialNews stayed frosty. Among the highlights below: A New News Coop under the banyan tree, NYTimes gets a small screen face-lift, [data] print circulation down while aggregator and mobile readership up, Facebook releases a press best practices guide and, [infographic] on TV/Tablet buddy-ship brewing.

Continue reading This Week in #Journalism: Everything Under the Banyan Tree