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Social bookmarking and UK newspaper websites

December 15th, 2008 | 4 Comments | Posted by in Newspapers, Social media and blogging

Originally featured on JP Digital Digest, the slideshow below explores the use of social bookmarking tools by UK newspapers.

Louise Thomas, research assistant at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), looked at 34 national and regional UK newspaper sites and found that delicious and digg came out on top as the most frequently included social bookmarking buttons on articles.

Thomas’ research suggests there are significant differences in the use of share buttons by national and regional titles:

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Food for thought on feeds (but only a third fed)

December 12th, 2007 | 4 Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism

Yesterday was a day of thirds for me. Two thirds good, one third not so good. In the first two thirds, I attended a roundtable discussion on RSS hosted by MediaFed, a provider of RSS feed tools and services.

It would have been topped off with an excellent three-course meal had I not had to leave for another meeting after the starter (so only one third of a lunch for me, and those that know me well will appreciate how I grieved for the loss of that sticky ginger pudding).

Ahem, but I digress. The purpose of the first discussion was to get some representatives from the UK publishing industry around a table to discuss their current implementation of RSS feeds and how they expect the platform to develop in the future. Before I summarise the points of the discussion, I think it would be useful to summarise what I think are the key RSS requirements from both readers and publishers.
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