Spotted gets a new framework

Back in the last decade we created a community photo-sharing platform called Spotted. The original idea was borrowed from a simple, successful content/marketing program at Cox Interactive Media, where I was executive editor at the turn of the century. We sent someone with a digital camera to an event with instructions to turn around and shoot the spectators, and hand out business cards. The resulting slideshows were huge traffic generators.

Didn't mean to quit blogging

I didn't mean to quit blogging, but I've been busy at work and living in two cities. And honestly, I've grown tired of the old pointless debates: free or paid? is the Internet the end of journalism or a new beginning? and so forth. Twitter has displaced blogging of the "blurb and link" variety, and Facebook has displaced blogging of the "I just want to express myself" flavor. I think that narrows the purpose of a blog, but it does not eliminate it. Maybe I'll do some more, now that I hacked my way past a forgotten password problem.

It's an 'and' universe: responsive design with a companion mobile app

We pulled the veil off today. It's our first foray into fully responsive Web design, adjusting automatically to viewport size with optimizations for smartphone, tablet and desktop viewers. At the same time, we launched a mobile app for iOS and Android.

Your email marketing is outdated

News alerts, headline pushes, weekly digests, Daily Deals ... most of us running news organizations use email marketing to get the word out and drive website traffic. It's cheap, it's easy, and it addresses the Web's greatest weakness -- that it's a pull medium, not a push-delivery medium.

Staffers, freelancers and photography

The news that the Chicago Sun-Times is laying off its entire photo staff is puzzling on many levels except the financial one: it reeks of desperation.

Fear and paywalls

Alan Mutter finds "paywalls" scary. I don't. Here's why:

Hyperlocal vs. the United States of Generica

Another day, another smooth-talking dotcom entrepreneur with big ambitions runs aground trying to build a national hyperlocal site, or network, or something. Jeff Jarvis has studied the matter and concludes: