The New Media Update

Pope Gives Social Media ‘Thumbs Up’

Jan 24th, 2011 | By | Category: General, The New Media Update

Pope Benedict, in celebration of the Vatican’s annual World Day of Social Communications, today issued a message inviting Christians to “join the network of relationships” made possible by the digital era. Benedict says “the truth of Christ is the full and authentic response to that human desire for relationship, communion and meaning,” which is reflected […]

Latest New Media Stats May Surprise You

Dec 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Story, iPods & Portable Media Players, Podcasting, Streaming Video, The New Media Update

Pew Internet has a new report out today, Generations 2010, that looks at Americans’ daily use of the Internet. While some of the findings are just what you’d expect [more young people are accessing the Internet via mobile devices like phones and laptops? Gee!], other results of the study were somewhat unexpected. Following up on […]

WordPress Debuts WordPress 3.0, ‘Thelonious’

Jun 17th, 2010 | By | Category: General, The New Media Update

Matt Mullenweg today announced the release of WordPress 3.0, the latest version of the popular blogging application, dubbed Thelonious: Arm your vuvuzelas: WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download (or upgrade within your dashboard). Major new features […]

J&J Case Study Details Rules For Social Media Success

Jun 27th, 2009 | By | Category: The New Media Update

Social media strategist Ron Ploof has published a new case study that is worth a read. “Johnson & Johnson Does New Media” is a concise e-book detailing how the health products giant has established its new media presence. Many companies, large and small, hesitate to jump into blogging, podcasting, video, and social networks, citing “competitive, […]

Denver Tests ‘Individuated Newspaper’ Delivery

Jun 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: The New Media Update

A media conglomerate is experimenting with delivering newspapers that are customized, not just with neighborhood news for a single part of town, but with custom newsgathering for each individual newspaper customer. MediaNews Group, parent company of The Denver Post, is using a downtown hotel and a neighborhood in Denver as a guinea pig for its […]

Pirates Capture Trove of Swedish Votes, EU Parliamentary Seat

Jun 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Commentary, The New Media Update

Campaigning for sweeping reform of copyright, privacy and patent laws, Sweden’s Pirate Party this weekend won enough votes in the country’s national elections to secure a seat (possibly two) in the European Parliament. Sweden is accorded 17 representatives in the EU governing legislature, and the Pirate Party’s 7.1 percent showing is enough for at least […]

Newspaper Industry Implodes In First Quarter 2009

Jun 1st, 2009 | By | Category: General, The New Media Update

If the first quarter of this year is any indication, 2009 may turn out to be the worst year ever for the newspaper industry. According to figures from the Newspaper Association of America, newspaper revenues nosedived 28.3 percent in the first quarter – a $2.6 billion dollar drop from last year. Newspaper revenues plummeted across […]

Webster: Future of Podcasting Lies In Original, Bite-Size Content

May 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Podcasting, The New Media Update

Tom Webster of Edison Research has a thought-provoking piece on the future of podcasting. At his blog, The Infinite Dial, Webster qualifies the cup-is-half-empty findings of the Zenith Optimedia report (as detailed by eMarketer). To review, Zenith sees the future of podcasting as rosy and profitable only for the lucky few, and podcasting ad revenue […]

Rocketboom’s Andrew Baron Launches Magma

May 12th, 2009 | By | Category: The New Media Update, Video

Andrew Baron, creator of groundbreaking video podcast Rocketboom unveiled his latest project, Magma, on Monday night at the NY Video 2.0 meeting. Magma is a video site – and a “trending topics” site – and a social community site, all in one place. Baron explains that Magma is “is an entry point for online video”. […]

Satellite Radio Faces Sirius Problems

May 7th, 2009 | By | Category: iPhone, The New Media Update

Satellite radio network Sirius XM Radio released grim first-quarter results today, with a drop in both subscribers and revenues. Sirius has recently created a new service that can stream radio content via Apple devices like the iPhone and the iPod Touch, but that innovation may be too little, too late, to staunch the hemorrhage of […]