"While more journalists are on LinkedIn than any other social network, they have increased their presence on other networks, too. The [Arketi Group] survey found that 85 percent of journalists are on Facebook and 84 percent use Twitter. Only 55 percent of journalists used Facebook in 2009, and 24 percent were on Twitter."
"Though it can't promote and share the content created and then locked down on its website, the paper has worked to incorporate social media. Last year, [WSJ deputy managing editor Alan Murray] interviewed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner during a 'Digg Dialogg.' Geithner answered questions submitted and voted on by Digg users. "
"Bit.ly’s new Bit.ly Now service will show popular links at any given time, just like Digg (for now, Bit.ly sends the most popular link every hour to a twitter account). When Bit.ly Now launches, that link data will be combined with additional metadata about the URLs. In particular, they plan to extract important entities, people and topics from the stories in real time, allowing for a categorized approach to popular links. Bit.ly says they are talking to a number of third party services, including Reuter’s Open Calais, to help them do this."
"The hundreds of links which succeeding in Digg will create, will boost search engine positioning and could ultimately result in that audience which can be monetised hitting your site."
"Telegraph.co.uk gets an astonishing 8% of its visitors from social sites like Digg, Delicious, Reddit and Stumbleupon, Julian Sambles, Head of Audience Development, has revealed to me."
"Despite tens of thousands of submissions every week, the last seven days have shown that 46.6% of the Digg front page comes from 50 websites, according to data accumulated on di66.net." -- and guess who's top: the Telegraph.
Bill Adee explains how the Chicago Tribune participates in social media sites using its avatar Colonel Tribune: "Can a mainstream news site become part of the social media scene? Absolutely, yes. But be warned. To do this requires having the same kind of great team I had: Facebook-savvy youth, an innovative Web staff, and an extremely supportive newsroom."
"[E]ven in their decline, newspapers remain prodigious generators of cash. This moribund industry generated $13.7 billion in profit in 2007. The same cannot be said of Digg,"
"[A] piece consisting entirely of popular keywords might get lots of hits, but it would also have a very high rate of "bounce" - people would exit as quickly as they'd entered, and definitely not pass it on to their friends, or link to it on their website, or use it as a hyperlink in a blog. It would, in effect, be nearly invisible to a search engine such as Google - and, indeed, Brooker's piece doesn't show up when you type any of those key words in."
The Telegraph has a new (?) widget showing the popularity of its stories on Digg.
"Made-up bullshit still drives huge traffic, if it's marketed right."
"[W]e've just added a great new feature to www.journalisted.com. Click on any article written by a journalist and you'll be able to see who's blogging about it."
How to (ab?)use the Wall Street Journal's first-click-free approach to Google News and Digg to get free access to the bits behind the paywall ...
"What’s the most obvious sign that a traditional news brand is merely reproducing online what they do in print, instead of publishing in a way that makes sense for the web? They way news is organized on the homepage."