Matt Bourn, 9 November
A fascinating blog has been posted by Clay Shirky entitled 'The Times Paywall and Newsletter Economics'. It's a very useful summary of what's happened to date and the challenge facing News International ... One particularly pertinent point is the following: As of July, non-subscribers can no longer read Times stories forwarded by colleagues or friends, nor can they read stories linked to from Facebook or Twitter ...
THE ROCKMELT HARD SELL
Paul Armstrong, 9 November
I saw a few stories about RockMelt last night before I went to sleepytown and I was intrigued. I signed up like a good nerd to test it out and notified the PR team to add me to their lists and went to beddy-byes safe in the knowledge that all was right with the world.
I awoke to a VERY messy inbox saying I MUST try out RockMelt and that I would 'love it'.
I always think 'hmmmm' when I read that ...
DOWN WITH THE KIDS?
Ged Carroll, 8 November
The Huffington Post is a US liberal blog that is similar to The Guardian's Comment is Free in style. However, most of the comment comes from industry experts and pundits rather than journalists. At the weekend they managed to get beyond the liberal establishment with an op-ed piece by streetwear mogul and prankster Marc Ecko on corporal punishment ... The piece looked like a land grab for the hearts and minds of younger readers ...