Snippets #1 4/28-5/12 2011

No. 1.9

New Yorker and the end of print

Some interesting quotes from John Biggs's "It Is Finished: The New Yorker iPad App Is The Beginning Of The End Of Print" regarding magazines and digital publishing (emphasis added):

"But I'm about to cancel my print subscription. Why? Because the iPad version is far superior."

"This isn't some rush-job given to a bunch of magazine designers who slap a little video in the corner of a horribly laid-out page. This is a full rethinking of the title and changes entirely how we consume long-form writing."

"What does this mean for the magazines that are currently print-only? Well, they have to become more interesting. They have to embrace the flow of news and information and they have to differentiate themselves from us blogger hacks by spending real money on stories. This is hard."
Created: 5/12/11   
No. 1.8

Tablets doing what computers used to do

77% of tablet users say they now use the tablet for what were previously desktop or laptop tasks, according to Nielsen's Connected Devices: How We Use Tablets in the U.S.

Created: 5/4/11   
No. 1.7

Patrick Meier on the new information ecosystem

Patrick Meier of Ushahidi, speaking at re:publica, notes key differences between the information ecosystems of 1994 ("mediated") and now ("peer-to-peer," "interconnected," "integrated," "horizontal," "meshed communication"). He says the current model is capable of overcoming the "limited capacity that mainstream media have." See the visual in a video of his talk "Changing the World, One Map at a Time":

Created: 5/11/11   
No. 1.6

Forbes on print and digital

Publisher Steve Forbes on the differences he sees between print and digital, as reported at

"Print allows you to deal in a story in a much more thorough way, initially, than you do online," chairman Steve Forbes said during a press briefing this morning. "Online then allows you to amplify things like the lists, to get more information - which gives you the grist to do perhaps another print story. Each of these platforms is different but each has its own unique characteristics for conveying information."
Created: 5/11/11   
No. 1.5

Nonprofits in a digital-first world

Nonprofits in a digital-first world: A report from Cygnus Applied Research, covered in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, finds that two-thirds of donors to nonprofits want all of their communications from those groups to be electronic. When it comes to donating, not surprisingly most younger donors prefer to do it online, but now that extends to those 65+. Over half of the older set now wants to donate online.

Created: 5/12/11   
No. 1.4

Recent examples

Some good recent examples of interactive information presentations:

The White House: Excess Federal Properties Interactive Map

New York Times: Osama bin Laden Reactions Interactive

Texas Tribune: U.S. House Fundraising Map

ProPublica: How the Heart Rhythm Society Sells Access

Guardian UK: What will happen to the world's population?

GE: Stats of the Union iPad App

Created: 5/10/11   
No. 1.3

Al Gore's "Our Choice" and Popular Mechanics article-game

The collaboration between Al Gore and developer PushPopPress produced an envelope-pushing iPad book application for Gore's "Our Choice." Some links: the app in iTunes, the Wired article from April 28, and some Mashable coverage from back in March. Finally, the TED video of PushPopPress's Mike Matas showing off the iPad book:

Meantime, tablet magazine innovator Popular Mechanics has a new edition featuring a "hybrid game and article." Another example of the evolving nature of information as it goes "digital native." Some links: the app in iTunes and coverage at

Created: 4/28/11   Follows: @pushpoppress
No. 1.2

Gingrich announcement in social media

Going digital first, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich announced his Oval Office aspirations on Facebook and Twitter two days before he was to announce on television.

Created: 5/9/11   
No. 1.1

Tablet magazines

David Carr of the New York Times reports on advertising in magazines' tablet editions. He describes "magazine publishers' fitful effort to be part of, rather than run over by, the digital revolution." A good quote from Robin Steinberg of MediaVest and Audit Bureau board member on the need for tablet editions to be more than print clones:

[Steinberg] also suggested that simply replicating the existing print ads and editorial experience in pixels represented a failure of imagination and adaptation. "Delivering the right creative experience is key. Consumers demand and expect something very different from these devices," she added.
Created: 5/8/11   Follows: @carr2n

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