According to the survey, 39 percent of respondents said they got their news directly from the net. The only source that beats out online is Television. Even TV seems to be on the downslide compared to the rapid growth coming from social media and other online sources. In fact, 13 percent of the respondents said they sometimes received their news directly from Twitter. In general, social news sharing has climbed dramatically. In the last two years, social-networking as a primary source for news has grown from 9 percent to 19.

Android Authority, News Consumption continues to rise through the Internet, print news declining fast [study], Sep 28, 2012

According to the survey, 39 percent of respondents said they got their news directly from the net. The only source that beats out online is Television. Even TV seems to be on the downslide compared to the rapid growth coming from social media and other online sources. In fact, 13 percent of the respondents said they sometimes received their news directly from Twitter. In general, social news sharing has climbed dramatically. In the last two years, social-networking as a primary source for news has grown from 9 percent to 19.

Android Authority, News Consumption continues to rise through the Internet, print news declining fast [study], Sep 28, 2012

Jagannathan says the company’s plan is to offer this same solution to businesses, allowing them to create their own curated magazine for their customers, employees, partners, etc. In that product, NewzSocial will offer a private business network, private channels, automated tweets and curated content integrated into their website.
At the same time, Nuzzel does allow you go beyond your immediate social graph, with a “stories you may have missed” section, which shows headlines shared by friends of friends, or by the people followed by the people you follow. And you can browse other users’ Nuzzel streams, which can help you follow different interests

On the left side of the grid are applications that are targeted at businesses.
In the lower-left quadrant, we’ve seen tremendous innovation in applications and services that serve the business market with analytics products based on Twitter content. For example, Crimson Hexagon builds actionable reports for brands, media companies and political campaigns based on the conversation on Twitter; Topsy has built a real-time analytics dashboard to help finance, government, news and brands react to news; and DataMinr provides analytics for the finance industry.
In the upper-left quadrant are providers of tools that help businesses engage with Twitter including social CRM providers like Sprinklr, HootSuite and Radian6 (acquired by salesforce.com), and integration companies like Mass Relevance, which aggregates and filters Tweets for display on TV.
On the right-hand side of the grid are applications that are targeted at consumers.
In the lower-right quadrant are services that use Twitter content for social influence ranking, such as Klout.
In the upper right-hand quadrant are services that enable users to interact with Tweets, like the Tweet curation service Storify or the Tweet discovery site Favstar.fm.  That upper-right quadrant also includes, of course, “traditional” Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Echofon. Nearly eighteen months ago, we gave developers guidance that they should not build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.” And to reiterate what I wrote in my last post, that guidance continues to apply today.

Twitter Announcement August 16, 2012

On the left side of the grid are applications that are targeted at businesses.

  • In the lower-left quadrant, we’ve seen tremendous innovation in applications and services that serve the business market with analytics products based on Twitter content. For example, Crimson Hexagon builds actionable reports for brands, media companies and political campaigns based on the conversation on Twitter; Topsy has built a real-time analytics dashboard to help finance, government, news and brands react to news; and DataMinr provides analytics for the finance industry.
  • In the upper-left quadrant are providers of tools that help businesses engage with Twitter including social CRM providers like Sprinklr, HootSuite and Radian6 (acquired by salesforce.com), and integration companies like Mass Relevance, which aggregates and filters Tweets for display on TV.

On the right-hand side of the grid are applications that are targeted at consumers.

  • In the lower-right quadrant are services that use Twitter content for social influence ranking, such as Klout.
  • In the upper right-hand quadrant are services that enable users to interact with Tweets, like the Tweet curation service Storify or the Tweet discovery site Favstar.fm.
    That upper-right quadrant also includes, of course, “traditional” Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Echofon. Nearly eighteen months ago, we gave developers guidance that they should not build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.” And to reiterate what I wrote in my last post, that guidance continues to apply today.

Twitter Announcement August 16, 2012

One of the curious factors in the new wave of publishing services is that they are restrictive in nature. In all four of the services we mentioned - Medium, Branch, Svtle and App.net - you cannot write to them unless you have been given permission to do so. Essentially, they’re read-only by default. In other words, this new crop of services is less democratic than what came before - Tumblr, Wordpress, Blogger and even Twitter.

Richard MacManus, How Online Reading Is Changing - And How to Cope!, August 16, 2012

The companies that are truly winning over audiences and driving consumers are the ones that are experimenting with a balance of automated aggregation and human-directed curation. It’s a process of out-sourcing and in-sourcing.

Fast Commpany, The Content Conundrum: To Create Or Automate, 07-05-2012

(Source: contentcurationmarketing.com)

What’s really interesting here is that this is the first sign of Twitter getting serious about building its own interest graph, as if you’d ever get tired of all this “graph” talk, right? But this is the social network’s first big move that shows it following in the footsteps of Facebook, as the more personal info they collect on your interests and activity on their platform, the more info there is to feed targeted advertising and tweets.
Although Thirst is starting out on the Twitter platform, the company is really more about natural language processing technology. The Twitter iPad app is more of a proof of concept around whether its NLP processor works well. Verma says that it’s really difficult to keep up with information shared through Twitter and there has to be a better way of surfacing the most important news. Thirst uses a custom natural language processor to pick out the most important stories around different keywords or subjects like ‘gay marriage’ (because of this past week’s big announcement from President Barack Obama in support of it).
I certainly send the Twitter engine enough signals — tweets, retweets, follows, followers, and location data — to help determine what is important to me. So far, though, I have to believe that Twitter’s Discovery engine has mistaken me for another user.
U.S. Patent No. 8,171,128 — “Communicating a newsfeed of media content based on a member’s interactions in a social network environment” – Filed on August 11, 2006, and granted on May 1, 2012.

Facebook patents the News Feed, via ZDNet.

The question then becomes: will they use the patent offensively or defensively against other social networks that display news feeds in much the same way (eg., Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, etc.).

Via ZDNet:

Reading the patent more closely, you’ll see Facebook discusses how to let users see certain status updates, pictures, links to videos, and even actions friends take. The social networking giant describes keeping a profile of each person on the social network in a database, identifying relationships between said users, generating “stories” based on the connections, and then creating a News Feed for each user.

Last but certainly not least, Facebook watches what actions the viewer takes in response to the stories (such as Liking, Sharing, or commenting), and then uses that information to serve more stories. It’s also noted that content can come from outside the social network and that users can change preference settings to filter in or out what stories they see.

(via futurejournalismproject)