And watch us on the live Web cam here.
And watch us on the live Web cam here.
I think Kinkade says it best. Why 103.7 The Buzz has agreed to let me, Blake Rutherford and David Kinkade back on the air this Sunday is beyond any and all logic. But they have. So there we’ll be. Remember last time? Poor RJ Hawk — our man on the boards with the patience of a saint — does he deserve this type of working environment?
Decide for yourself. Check in on 103.7 FM at 9-noon Sunday for talk on all kinds of subjects, including Wal-Mart’s shareholders’ meeting, the week in politics and much more. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@LT) and tweet your comments and questions.
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Cue the next wave of “Google’s buying Twitter” rumors, despite CEO Eric Schmidt’s best efforts. This, after statements this week by Google co-founder Larry Page and Schmidt, reported today in the Guardian UK.
Speaking at Google’s Zeitgeist Conference, Page admitted that the company has been “losing out to Twitter” in a race to meet Web user’s demand for real-time info, according to the newspaper. That led to Schmidt hinting that Google might be able to partner with fast-growing microblogging site.
The rise of Twitter has sparked speculation that the cash-rich Google could buy the business.
“There is a presumption that somehow you cannot have multiple solutions that co-exist,”[Schmidt] said. “We can talk to them … there is all sorts of stuff we can do. We do not have to buy everybody to work with them, the whole principle of the web is people can talk to each other.”
That, of course, has been one of the more fascinating things to me about Twitter — that the stuff built around the service by third-party developers is often more compelling and useful than Twitter itself. Google clearly sees that it, too, can build upon and around Twitter’s platform, offering its users a search of tweets alongside its traditional search.
Such an arrangement would be good news for Twitter, which has said even this week that it wants to remain free and open to users — as well as advertising free. Perhaps Google can serve its ads next to its Twitter search service. But Twitter sees advertising as obtrusive and, according to its executives this week, not interesting.
So how will Twitter make money? It’s said this week that it will focus on lightweight add-ons to its service aimed at businesses that want to message, interact or learn from its customers.
Google integrating or partnering with Twitter in some way will expose more users to the service in a new way — perhaps one that shows what Twitter’s true value might be: as a resource for finding real-time, relevant information created and curated by more than 6 million Twitter account holders.
And as more people sign on, Twitter would be better positioned to sell those “add-ons” to business and, maybe, even turn a buck.
Last month, I made a date to speak to a group of Little Rock media freelancers, Freeliance, on what Twitter is and how it can help them. We’ll talk about all that today, plus touch on Twitter’s possible future. More on today’s meeting here.
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It was a great day to take a drive to southeast Arkansas and speak to journalism students attending the Arkansas College Media Advisors conference at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Thanks to Dr. Ronald Sitton at the School of Arts and Humanities for inviting me to talk about print and broadcasting journalism and how it’s all coming together on the Web.
Also on the day’s roster: Kelly Kissel, new editor for the Associated Press in Arkansas, who talked about breaking news online; Arkansas Free Press editor and publisher Dotty Oliver, who talked desktop publishing and multimedia; activist and former gubernatorial candidate Rod Bryan, who spoke on covering and influencing state government via his various Web initiatives, including the Arkansas Conservation Alliance and Anthro.tv; and news photographer Liberty Parks (a former Arkansas Business intern), who talked about photography in a wired world.
And there was much more — too much, in fact, to list here. Hopefully, students got a sense of the possibilities that exist in journalism, despite all the gloom and doom of layoffs, newspaper cutbacks and closings and general uncertainty about the future of what we do.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only traveling
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Blogging will be light today as I head to beautiful Monticello to speak about broadcast convergence and journalism at the Arkansas College Media Advisors conference at UAM.
Having never been to UAM, I’m looking forward to it. And, while I’m not the greatest presenter in the world, it’s always fun to speak to a room full of students who’ll soon be “boots on the ground” in remaking how journalism is done as the industry continues to work through its myriad changes and challenges.
It might be tough out there right now, but I remain positive about the new opportunities all this upheaval will leave in its wake.
Check back for my notes and handouts from today’s presentation.