Category Archives: Media

The Press Release Is Dead — Use This Instead

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Share this postI’m UTTERLY SICK and TIRED of dealing with MILLIONS of tech entrepreneurs (these days there are a HELL of a lot of you) and (some) PR people who have ZERO clue how to pitch me/TechCrunch/the media. Their pitches … Continue reading

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Recent sightings of me on TV

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Share this postHere are my recent appearances last week on Sky and Channel 4 News talking about the Microsoft bid for Yahoo. It was a crazy Friday involving getting across London twice in one evening. Kinda fun though. (Thanks to … Continue reading

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Here's why TV is in trouble

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Share this post People in the TV business are some of the most creative people you will ever meet. So why is it that the body set up to market the major broadcasters to advertisers (Thinkbox) allows you, via their … Continue reading

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Twitter killed the Status Star

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Share this post When Twitter started out it seemed like a cool new web application to update your ‘status’ (what you are up to) for friends and, well, the world in general. Like Facebook status updates, but out on the … Continue reading

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The New New Newspaper

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Share this post As I was reading the free daily Metro on a train the other day I was daydreaming about a different kind of newspaper but similar in form to the Metro. Instead of giving me a brief run-down … Continue reading

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House style killing US newspapers?

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Share this post When I wrote for a US-owned magazine (The Industry Standard), the house style on almost any story, for example about a company closing, was like this: “John Smith looked at his watch. As the seconds slowly passed, … Continue reading

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My talk at PSFK London

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Share this postLast May, at the PSFK Conference London 2007 I gave a talk on how media owners are on a race for survival against technology companies that put the power to publish in the hands of the ‘audience.’ Here … Continue reading

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Virtual worlds open for marketing

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Share this post Brands buying advertising space inside virtual worlds are free to do so in the UK, since the Advertising Standards Authority state that only ads in the 'public realm' – for example, those placed on a virtual billboard … Continue reading

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Will closed social networking kill off User Generated Content?

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Share this post I just need to blog this while it’s still in my head. I’m sure others have come to the same conclusion in a more erudite manner, and posted longer pieces. But I’m starting to wonder if the … Continue reading

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Newser launches human-edited news engine

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Share this post Newser is a news search engine finessed by human editors. The site has been launched by Patrick Spain, the CEO of Highbeam (cofounder and former CEO of Hoover’s) and journalist Michael Wolff. The mission of the site: … Continue reading

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