Daniel Bachhuber said: All of these ideas are smart. Specifically, Sean offers clever ways to use reader engagement with a website to build a profile of their interests and areas of expertise.
If Foursquare can turn going out for a burger into a competition, why can’t The Times do the same for in-depth news? Much like going out to dinner, reading the Times is a status symbol. My friends may see me going out every night on Foursquare and assume I’m a social butterfly. Those same friends can see the articles I’m reading in The New York Times and assume I’m an intellectual.
Daniel Bachhuber said: It searches across the UK, US, New Zealand and Australian governments' data sites, and they also have a gallery of the 10 best visualizations and mash-ups built on top of the data.
Daniel Bachhuber said: Content producers would bid to have their articles, images, videos, etc. appear next to related NY Times articles. Smart, intriguing subsidization idea.
Greg Linch said: Good piece by Ryan Tate on this trend and an interestingly ironic affect programmers will likely have on journalists.
Shirky goes on to postulate that programming, as a craft, will become more democratized. In other words, journalists will do to programming what programmers' blogging platforms have done to journalism: saturate the industry with unpaid amateurs.
Brian Manzullo said: "The trend raises the question: are media organizations using college journalism students to fill the gap of traditional reporting and better serve local communities or are students being used as cheap labor?"