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July 28th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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July 26th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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July 25th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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links for 2011-07-22

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  • “The one I want to tease right now is in-call advertising. The average length of a video call is going up — it’s about 27 minutes now — and you’re doing a lot of things in that time. If we’re talking, you’re not just looking at me, so we have a lot of opportunities there.”

    Asked if that might involve ordering a pizza, for example, Bates responded: “Why not? Why not, because we have this intimate relationship, at the end of the call, I share an ad with you? Watch this space. We think this is going to be a very exciting area.”

  • For 20 days in June, July or August, every council is legally required to open up its draft accounts for the public to inspect. By law, this annual display has to be advertised in at least one newspaper circulating in your local area, at least 14 days before it’s due to start.

    In the past, if you didn’t spot this notice in your paper it was pretty much tough luck, and a matter of waiting for September when the audited accounts were released (although some websites, including Richard Orange’s Orchard News Bureau, do track the dates).

    Now, thanks to Eric Pickles, here’s a list of exactly when council accounts are available to read. There’s even a search engine so you can place your postcode and find the draft accounts page.

  • In general, the more ideological sites tended to be funded mostly or entirely by one parent organization-though that parent group may have various contributors. They tended to be less transparent about who they are and where their funding comes from. And they tended to produce less content-in some cases generating one or two stories per week produced by a single staffer.
  • In some ways, the Enterprise Fund seems like a spin-off of the News Challenge, but aimed specifically at supporting for-profit companies that are compatible with Knight’s mission. The Enterprise Fund, which was officially approved in December, will be investing $25,000 to $500,000 in individual companies — roughly the same scale as what most News Challenge winners received. And the News Challenge allowed for-profit companies to apply for grants. But the Enterprise Fund comes with the potential benefit of a return on investment — which, if all goes well, could have the cyclical effect of boosting more Knight projects.

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July 22nd, 2011 at 8:02 pm

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links for 2011-07-21

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July 21st, 2011 at 8:02 pm

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links for 2011-07-20

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July 20th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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links for 2011-07-19

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  • Hyperlocal websites, now numbering in their thousands, have been popping up in communities around the UK. Ranging from neighbourhood forums to parish newsletters, these sites are increasingly places where people turn to find out, publish and share news about what's happening in their community. Moreover, research suggests that these sites are adding democratic value to society in a way that many mainstream papers struggle to match with two thirds of users feeling more able to influence decisions locally.
  • Increasingly, some of the more established hyper-local groups in Edinburgh are realising that it is not individual blog posts that matter – it is building a sustainable relationship with a local audience and developing it into a community of ‘engaged’ citizens that matters.

    And having got over the ‘gee, isn’t this neat’ phase of wonderment at the technology and what you can do with it, this means asking some tricky questions. Who is it that “owns” the audience a site has developed? What is the most sustainable tech platform for it? And who ultimately makes decisions about the sites long-term future and aims?

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July 19th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

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Ten sites for local sharing

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I’ve recently being doing some research into sites that make it easy for people to share stuff.

The things to be shared could be news items or pictures of something happening right where you stand.

But equally important are those occasions for sharing items that are useful for everyday life – tools for gardening etc. which might be too expensive to go out and buy, but being able to borrow from a neighbour would make sense.

The ten sharing services I’ve outlined on this spreadsheet approach the question in different ways so I’ve attempted to identify those differences with a basic description and outline of the Unique Selling Proposition.

If you use any of these  services– or know of any better ones – I’d be interested to hear about it. What do you value about the service? What would you like to see more of? Please feel free to add information into the spreadsheet or let me know via the comments below.

My search for sites looking at connecting local people like this is continuing, in part, as work I’m involved in with the site www.n0tice.com (more on that here). If you’ve previously signed up for this, you’ll have n0ticed (sic!) that it’s out of view at the moment.

Don’t worry it’s not for long, there’s plenty of work going on behind the scenes and soon there’ll be a beta version to use. I’ll keep you updated on progress.

Picture on this page is by Britta Bohlinger and viewable on Flickr here.

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July 15th, 2011 at 7:01 am

links for 2011-07-14

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July 14th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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links for 2011-07-13

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July 13th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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