Media

Twitter, soon as worthless as MySpace?

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Jeremy Schoemaker – perhaps better know as ShoeMoney, his online moniker – wrote in a blog post July 13 that “Twitter will suffer a similar fate as MySpace.” It’s somewhat hard to tell from Schoemaker’s post what exactly MySpace’s fate is in his eyes, but in his own words: MySpace’s financial situation is much worse. [...]

WEEI learns a lesson. Maybe even two. Or none at all.

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Wrote Kirk Minihane, WEEI.com columnist, on April 4, 2011: Unless there is a radio simulcast that I’m not aware of — are the Bruins even on the radio? The Boston Globe’s sports media columnist Chad Finn’s reporting on the 2011 spring ratings should help Minihan find his way around the dial: “We’ve seen steady growth [...]

98.5 The Sports Hub kicks the crap out of WEEI

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

The 2011 spring ratings book is nothing short of a disaster for WEEI, the station that only two years ago ruled the sports-talk roost in Boston. Reports the Boston Globe’s Chad Finn on Boston.com: …98.5 The Sports Hub, the Bruins’ flagship station since launching in August 2009…, finished first in the market among the all-important [...]

Industry thought leader vs. local service leader

Friday, June 24th, 2011

One of the online marketing recommendations dispensed at the Google AdWords seminar I criticized in a previous post was for small business owners to blog in order to become thought leaders in their respective industries. The presenter also urged attendants to stay away from social media where he predicted they would end up having conversations [...]

Movie review: Daybreakers. When vampires run out of humans.

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Daybreakers is a 2010 movie that delves into a theme that is often hinted at but hardly ever explored in vampire movies, namely what happens if the undead bloodsuckers go through the world’s entire supply of human. A mere ten years after an epidemic – described in fairly vauge terms – has turned the vast [...]

The link diseconomy

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Diseconomy: a factor responsible for an increase in cost. Merriam-Webster. This past week a German journalism pundit I follow on Twitter tweeted a link to a post on his website that quoted a chunk of a blog post, with a link to the blog post at the end. A day or so earlier another person [...]

White lines in Hotmail below images

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Hotmail recently slightly altered the way it renders HTML. As a consequence the service re-introduced an old display bug: White lines that run below certain images in a design. Specifically the issue appears for images that have a break tag appended. Here are three examples of emails affected by the white-line bug in Hotmail: There [...]

Is WEEI getting an FM signal or what?

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

It took WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub one year to catch up to and in some ways overtake regional sports-talk behemoth 850 WEEI in the ratings. I have my – admittedly rather conventional – theories for why The Sports Hub is beating WEEI – but there’s no doubt that the newcomer has changed the game [...]

Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten signs 1,200 copies of How easy is that? at the Natick Collection

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa of Food Network television fame, is barnstorming the country’s Williams Sonoma stores for hugely popular book signing events for her new cookbook How easy is that?. Yesterday she visited the Williams Sonoma store in the Natick Collection mall in Natick, Massachusetts where she signed all available 1,200 copies of the [...]

Google Places Location On Top, But Why?

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

It’s been a busy year on Google’s Search Engine Results Pages: Caffeine, MayDay, the 6-domain SERP, Instant. Today the roll-out of the new location-based SERP, Google Places, was added to the list of noteworthy changes. You can find a pretty good description of the new Google Places at Search Engine Land. The practical effect of [...]