2.D’oh! Weekly Round-Up: Print ‘n’ Read!
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A key moment in Web 2.0h. . .really? history: I’ve decided to include in my weekly round-ups one story worth actually printing out on paper to read.
Every once in a while, I find an in-depth article is too long and annoying to read on the screen. It may have more lasting value than even a del.icio.us bookmark allows. Occasionally–occasionally!–there’s a story worth going totally retro with. Hit print. Staple. Read in bed.
[I hereby promise to plant one tree each year to offset my increased forest-products footprint. ]
This week’s Print ‘n’ Read (sm) item:
A long-form interview with John Byrne, Business Week executive editor/BusinessWeek.com editor-in-chief. A former ink-in-the-arteries guy reborn in his 50s (!) as digital evangelist, he delivers haymakers to his web-averse colleagues and has very smart things to say about how journalism–even hard-core investigative work–can flourish in a digital world.
Favorite idea from the interview: Context, not content, is king.
The interview was conducted by Chris Roush for Talk Biz News. Print out the comments too–the BizWeek vs. Forbes flamewar is an idiot’s delight.
Crowdsourcing for Fun and Profit–But Mainly Fun
A new service called Name This invites companies to have random webbists suggest names for their business, product, idea, dog, etc.
A name-seeker pays $99 for 48 hours of worldwide cogitation. Winners gets $80, distributed among the top namer and “influencers” of the final selection. The remaining $19 goes to Kluster, the company behind Name This.
But Name This is only an adequate business name–clear but not much fun. It’s almost worth spending $99 to see if the system itself can beat its own name. MoniKernels? NameTag? Handler?
And Finally, Our Weekly Sighting of the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse ™
Disqus blog proposes an online Commenters’ Bill of Rights.