Dec 132013

I saw an article on a media outlet wondering out loud what a big bang (noise) in Arizona was … so I went on Twitter and found the answer including a video on a Geminid meteor hitting near the Arizona airport. I wonder why they didn’t? meteor_shower_by_ron_guyatt-d6kjfd7

Not Listening to Social, Media

This caught my eye and it’s all a bit odd… (part of ABC Network America)

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)– Hundreds claim they saw a large light, as well as heard one to two loud booms across Tucson Tuesday night.

KGUN 9 has received tons of calls and over 600 comments on our Facebook page from people across Tucson and Arizona. We even had a person in Flagstaff claim to see something suspicious.

Here’s an account from our viewer Tony Kubrak: “My wife and I and my son were sitting in the house, and we felt this absolutely tremendous explosion, I mean, it shook the windows, it shook everything in the house. I stepped outside, and had to be no more than 3 minutes later after I hear all of this, and I see this tremendous, white, bright light in the western sky. And it was just…it was absolutely enormous, I couldn’t believe it.”

And then goes on with checking sources:

We also spoke to our Phoenix affiliate, KNXV. They said they have received the same types of calls from people in the Phoenix area.

Here are agencies who told us they have no idea what the booms and lights were: Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Pinal County Sheriff’s Department, Tucson Police, Southwest Gas, Tucson Electric Power, and the National Weather Service in Tucson.

We are still waiting to hear from: El Paso Gas, Tucson Electric Power, Kitt Peak, and Steward Observatory.

We also spoke to Davis Monthan and Luke Air Force Base.

Both said they don’t think it was them, they will have to call us back in the morning.

Which led me to check Twitter, within minutes the sorts of tweets below arrived (I’m writing this a day or two later and don’t remember the first one I saw, sorry).


Which led me to a video which went up within a very short amount of time on Youtube (rather boring one but the meteor is hitting earth)

Which led me to wonder… why didn’t a new/media/TV station know all this in like 10 minutes too? Either: Not a verified source (even with a video), not in the “must call” list (likely) or what’s social media? (unlikely). Strange.

Not For Broadcast, Social Media

Even stranger is the shift in YouTube Land to “Not for Broadcast”. Gives chills up my spine… the writing is on the wall unless the Gov enforces Fair Use (a now mostly irrelevant law). Some of these video “citizen journalists” are getting 3 or 4 million views for breaking news stories. How do we protect OUR copyright.? Message to broadcasters: They’re OUR stories. Not YOURs. We only loaned them to you. Now we’re taking them back. 10,000 YouTube videos have **NOT FOR BROADCAST** on them. We are revolting. Against media stealing our stories.

NotForBroadcast YouTube

It’s going to be a tough road, balancing social need to know against commercial interests in media. But then again, you already knew that…

By the way, I LOVED my stay in Phoenix Arizona. Love love love Arizona. I just want to say that.

Apr 152013

Mongrel Media: Traditional vs Corporate vs Social Media. Bought vs Owned vs Earned Attention. Which will win? I’m betting on the mongrel Corporate taking over Heritage AND Social channels.

Sep 302012

Where do our teenagers learn it is fine to trash someone mourning the death of their father? From the media. #StopTheMedia #TrollMedia Compare these two situations: A UK Teen is arrested for making comments about an Olympian diver’s (Tom Daly) father’s death on Twitter and a lauded Australian Radio Host is lauded for making comments in front of Uni students about our Prime Minister’s father’s death.

Feb 162012

Lord Monckton told Mining executives to buy up big in MEDIA and use the Super Rich to exert control over media messages. Gina Rinehart (mining family) has started buying up shares in Fairfax. And taking out injunctions to stop social media “crowdsourcing” about her, her family and her business. Which is mining and media. What should we do? Lord Monckton explains why Mining should control Australian Media. Here is “Lord”Monckton talking to a room of mining executives about buying up traditional media and dominating the channels with their dogma. Quotes from the piece: “Is there an Australian version of Fox Continue Reading…

Oct 232011

As tomorrow is an historic day – The Australian and other sites move behind the paywall – what WILL we pay for, what SHOULD we pay for and what OTHER revenues streams are being missed by refusal to build online communities around their content? A few nights ago, I went to the bloggers/Twitterers briefing for new digital subscriptons for news hosted by Chief Executive Officer – News Digital Media and The Australian Richard Freudenstein and The Australian’s editor Clive Mathieson. The usual suspects were there – bloggers and twitterers I see around from time to time – and Continue Reading…

Apr 242010

What would happen if you owned a newspaper but you asked your readers to do the distribution for you? The Washington Post has implemented the Social Graph from Facebook: Use your Facebook network on the Post Web site Note to readers: Today you will find a new home page feature, at the top right, that allows you to create a more personalized, social way to experience the news. We call it Network News. The new box highlights the articles, photos, blogs and other content most popular with Facebook users, who click a “Like” button to indicate their interest. The Continue Reading…

Feb 122010

As more trained journalists move into the amateur blogging space, what are the fundamental differences in the blogging style between the two? While some journalists adapt to the new writing style well, understanding the media shifts and blogging well as part of the blogosphere, other journalists that blog – let’s call them journoggers – stand apart from the blogosphere, raiding it for content, and disturbing equilibrium. Please note: that might well be a good thing to do or it might cause the journogger to eventually be rejected. As the BBC tells it’s journos to start using social media as a Continue Reading…

Nov 232009

We look at Freemium revenue in social networks and online communities including asking that: if freemium is the business model of giving it all (or most) of the services away for free, how can you then charge for it? And what is free stuff anyway – marketing? advertising? A mugs game?  If you offer some services at a paid-for premium, which ones should you choose to monetize? Maybe technical support or more of the standard fare or perhaps specialised content and services that the free service don’t get to see? And note: annoying members into paying for premium access doesn’t Continue Reading…