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Techmeme Now Posting Tweets As Stories

Update: Rivera has elaborated a bit more on the site’s use of tweets in a blog post (blogs aren’t dead yet):

Hyperlocal News: How Big is the Demand?

Would you read a publication dedicated to news about the neighborhood you live in? The web has made an infinite amount of information from all over the world available to you in realtime at a non-stop pace. We now have nearly every piece of news about everything we care about either coming directly to us via social media sites and/or news readers, and the rest is available in seconds via a quick search. 

Solving the Insolvable Problem of Information Overload
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Every now and then, a debate will pop up in the Blogosphere/Twitterverse about whether or not RSS is dead. One such debate has been raging this week, and has even got some high profile tech bloggers bickering in an embarrassingly public manner (name-calling and all). 

Do you think RSS is "dead"? Tell us why or why not

Facebook Drives Massive Traffic Boosts To Media Sites
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Facebook says it has increased referral traffic to media sites by over 100% thanks to tools like its social plugins and Graph API, both of which were launched at f8 back in April. 

Facebook has worked with some organizations closely to help them find the right integrations, which is good for all parties involved – more traffic for the media sites and more data for Facebook. 

Facebook Gives Users More News Feed Options
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Facebook is now giving users a way to better filter their news feeds so they can really see the content they want. In the past, users have been able to choose whether they want to view "top news", which is a collection of updates that Facebook has deemed most important for you to see based on various algorithmic factors, or "most recent", which just showed you everything in reverse-sequential order. 

Google News Gets News Follow Feature

Google has added an interesting new feature to Google News. Now, when you do a search, near the top of the results, you will see a button to follow news for that query. 

When you click the button, it will add that query to the topic list on the left-hand side of the screen, as well as create a custom section on the Google News homepage dedicated to that topic. 

For example, if I search on Google News for "facebook", and click the button, Facebook is added to my topic list:

Twitter Shows Its Real Power With Latest Top Ten of 2010 List

Yesterday, Twitter released a number of top ten lists for trends in 2010. They showed off the top trends of the year in general, as well as the top in tech, news, movies, people, TV, and hashtags. Today, the company has released a list of what it has deemed as the top ten most powerful tweets of the year

Twitter Releases Top Trends of 2010 for Various Categories

Twitter launched its year-end top trends list today. The top overall trends for 2010 were as follows:

1. Gulf Oil Spill
2. FIFA World Cup
3. Inception
4. Haiti Earthquake
5. Vuvuzela
6. Apple iPad
7. Google Android
8. Justin Bieber
9. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
10. Pulpo Paul

Twitter also broke down the top trends for several categories. The top trends for news events were:

Twitter Explains How Trending Topics Work
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Twitter has taken the time to explain a bit about how its Trending Topics work, following accusations from the Blogosphere that the company was blocking terms like #wikileaks and #cablegate, which Twitter says it was not and is not. 

Yahoo Tests New Local Site for Mobile Users
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Yahoo has launched the new Yahoo Local for Mobile experience in beta. 

How Bloggers Can Find Journalistic Credibility
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Is a Twitter News Service What Consumers Need?
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Many are getting a substantial amount of their news today from Twitter, but Twitter appears to have higher aspirations for becoming an important news service. Note: this article has been updated following recent developments.

Twitter News Service Here: “It’s Called Twitter”

To set the record straight, there’s been a lot of confusion around what Twitter may or may not be doing, stemming from an interview Reuters did with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. 

Stone originally appeared to indicate that the company was considering partnering with news organizations on some kind of new Twitter news service. Since then, the company’s communications team has assured us that the company has no plans to do so.

Can Trust in Journalism Be Boiled Down to Meta Tags?
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Google has released a couple of meta tags it wants news publications to use in order to indicate original and syndicated reporting to Google News. To be fair, the company says it is "experimenting" with the tags, but this seems like an experiment that is destined to fail. 

Is Creating a Unique Experience Enough To Get People to Pay for Digital Content?
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John Loughlin, Executive VP and GM of Hearst Magazines, which publishes Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and other popular titles, provided an inside look into Hearst’s content strategy for the digital age here at ad:tech NY. 

Do you think Hearst’s success in traditional publishing will extend to triumph in the online world? Let us know in the comments section.

Facebook Provides Users With Election Resources

Facebook shared some things with us that it is doing to help people vote in the upcoming elections. "Tomorrow is Election Day and Facebook is committed to encouraging people who use our service to participate in the democratic process. As a result, Facebook is focused on ensuring that all of our users know where they can participate in this year’s elections," Facebook’s Andrew Noyes said in an email.

Journalism Students Turn to Web First, Still Covet MSM Jobs

Journalism professor Roy Greenslade, who blogs at Guaridan.co.uk, shared some interesting findings from a lecture he gave to a class at City University about journalism students and news sources. 

15 Reasons Google TV Will Make a Huge Impact on the Web
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Connected TV isn’t a new concept anymore, but it’s about to get way more interesting, courtesy of Google TV. WebProNews was there for the unveiling of the product at Google I/O back in May, and having seen it in person, I can tell you it’s pretty cool. 

Can Twitter Make Google News Better?

Google is testing a feature that brings Twitter into Google News. It’s not just the addition of tweets into the news mix, but rather a way for users to personalize their experience using the people they follow on Twitter. It makes sense that Twitter is integrated with Google News, and I would not be surprised to see this emerge as a an actual feature, after testing. 

Influence Isn’t Just About Popularity, It’s About Controlling the Conversation
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Vocus and Brian Solis partnered to conducted a survey about "What makes an influencer" and how brands can increase their influence. 50% indicated that that the most important action for increasing influence  was to create, post or share compelling content. I posted an article about blogging that pretty fmuch falls in line with this sentiment. 

Tweetbeat Launches for Following Events Without Hashtags

Kosmix announced Tweetbeat today. A representative for the company tells WebProNews this product will "change the way that we observe and participate in live events forever." A bit dramatic perhaps, but it did just go live and provides tweets about major events, in real-time. 

It’s dubbed as a way to keep up with live sports, headline news, TV shows, conferences, etc. The company tell us it is significant because:

-  It bubbles up the most important/talked about events happening on Twitter