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Posts Tagged ‘Simon Dumenco’

Gawker’s Nick Denton on Boredom, Commenters, and Niche Audiences

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Gawker Media founder Nick Denton had some choice words for the commenters on his eight sites, as well as for a couple attendees sitting in the front row at Ad Age’s Media Evolved conference on Tuesday in New York. During a “fireside chat” with Simon Dumenco, Ad Age’s editor-at-large, he was questioned about the sheer volume and often negative tone of comments on Gawker’s sites.

“You can moderate out the toxicity, but not the boring people. They haven’t violated any community guidelines, but they haven’t added to the discussion,” Denton replied.

Boredom was also clearly on his mind when he asked distracted conference attendees seated up front, “By the way, are we boring you?” But Denton’s take on Gawker’s evolution, re-design, editorial goals, interaction with well-known readers and the value of social media was anything but boring.

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Bin Laden News Takes Its Place in Social Media History

A graph of the spike in page views surrounding the news of bin Laden's death.

Last Friday, the Internet strained under the weight of all the interest in the Royal Wedding. Over the past 18 hours or so, the Internet has once again been tested by the news of Osama bin Laden’s death.

CNN says 4,000 tweets per second were posted at the peak of the news, putting it at the same level as the number of tweets for the Super Bowl but well below the number of tweets sent around the earthquake in Japan (more than 6,000). And according to Twitter PR, it was the “highest sustained rate of tweets ever,” with 5,106 tweets per second sent at 11 p.m. ET.”

(Latest Twitter news: TechCrunch announces that Twitter will purchase Tweetdeck.)

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The Press Release is Dead, Again

Hey look: someone else decided that the press release is officially “dead.” This time, it’s Advertising Age media columnist Simon Dumenco, who says Twitter is the killer:

The long-suffering, much-maligned press release, I’d argue, finally died this summer, thanks particularly to JetBlue and BP, with a little moral support from Kanye West and just about every other celebrity with thumbs. (Of course, press releases will probably continue to stumble along, zombie-like, for years to come, because too many PR folks are still heavily invested in grinding them out.)

Tom Foremski, a former Financial Times reporter who now covers tech and media for his own site Silicon Valley Watcher, wrote a widely circulated post calling for the death of the press release four years ago, and just this past Spring admitted that we’ve gotten nowhere. The old beast still alive and kicking. Read Dumenco’s full story here.