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Ezra Klein Ventures Into World Of Reddit

Ok, kind of neat from a social media nerd perspective as well as a personal branding perspective. Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein participated in an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on the internet forum Reddit.com earlier today to promote a tool he developed that may or may not predict the upcoming presidential election.

Venturing into Reddit can be as dangerous as swimming in shark-infested waters with an open wound. As actor Woody Harrelson (or more likely, a Woody Harrelson flack) found out when he refused to answer any but the most self-promotional questions, do the wrong thing and you will face the wrath of the Internet. Klein seems to have gotten it, though, writing “And let me emphasize that you can ask me about non-model issues. I want to promote my project a bit. But I don’t want to bore people.”

And as promised, he answers all sorts of offbeat questions. Star Wars or Star Trek? “Comic books,” Klein replied. Another redditor asked, “Why does Rachel Maddow go without her glasses for her show, but with her glasses everywhere else?” Klein: “How do you know she’s the same person?”

As Poynter’s Mediawire points out that NYT columnist Paul Krugman is scheduled to do an AMA on May 1.

Klein is the most major media figure we can think of who’s done an AMA in recent months (though two months ago, Neil Strauss, author of The Game, did a successful one). If your industry/specialized knowledge appeals to a broad base of 20-something males, consider hopping over to the /r/iAMA forum and try your own hand at answering questions. We are talking a billion PVs a month here.

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What Are You Reading?

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Oh blogs, blogs, blogs! You’re ruining the news market with your free information and your constant updating. So what are you talking about that’s getting everyone so hyped up they just have to pass your stories along?

According to Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism 62 percent of the most linked-to stories by blogs and social media sites were about the economy this week. According to another Pew report, traditional news organizations only covered this topic 41 percent of the time during the same period. Last week 65 percent of all stories linked and viraled from blogs were about the economy. Only 53 percent of the stories from traditional media outlets were on the economy last week.

Perhaps the problem is that traditional media is not doing enough to cover the topic that users are interested in reading about right now. Then again the shear mass of the blogisphere may simply be out doing the power of traditional media outlets. The pew survey tracks topics that appear in the more than 100-million blogs and other social media Web pages concerned with national news and public affairs. That’s a lot of coverage!

Read about the top stories being discussed and linked to after the jump.

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