Teens Learn About Sharing Too Much Online

March 31st, 2009

It is that time of year when high school students are starting to learn whether they have been accepted to their dream colleges.  But now, rather than knowing with just a glance at the thick or thin envelope that arrives via snail mail in the privacy of their homes, students are learning of admission decisions online.  And they are checking constantly for the updates while…

Want to Publish Your Own Magazine?

March 30th, 2009

Now you can.  The New York Times is reporting today that HP is offering a low-cost printing solution for consumers with start-up magazines.  The new service is called MagCloud.  The magazines are printed on-demand and cost 20-cents per page.  This new type of business model presents a great opportunity for those "consumer journalists" to experiment with what they think might be a cool, niche idea. …

Work for Displaced Journalists

March 30th, 2009

The Huffington Post announced yesterday that it will pay investigative journalists to write about the nation's economy: "Work that the journalists produce will be available for any publication or Web site to use at the same time it is posted on The Huffington Post, she said. "The Huffington Post Web site is a collection of opinionated blog entries and breaking news. It has seven staff…

Mobile Coolness, Continued

March 30th, 2009

Yesterday, I wrote about some cool things you can start doing with your mobile device.  Today, the New York Times published an article about Skype coming to mobile devices.  Skype is an Internet calling service that allows users to contact (voice or text) other Skype users at no cost and allows users to call landlines at a greatly reduced cost. "The idea of bringing Skype…

Mobile Phones and Some Cool Things To Do With Them

March 29th, 2009

The average American is never further than four feet away from their mobile device at any point throughout the day.*  Cell phones will become a key route for communicating to customers as marketing tools continue to evolve.  How we do that exactly has yet to be determined: opt-in text messaging, advertising on search sites/services (i.e., Cha Cha), and banner ads on mobile-specific websites (i.e., Wall…

Radio: "The Screen-Free Complement to Online Browsing" (Update)

March 22nd, 2009

I will admit that I have never been an avid radio listener.  For the most part, the reason for this lack of interest has been the radio "personalities."  I have never found one that "clicks" with me.  Unfortunately, I think that local radio has to cater to the lowest common denominator of public taste in order to make the money they need to make to…