4 Minute Roundup: Scoble on Twitter Lists; Time, Newsweek Hurting

    by Mark Glaser
    October 30, 2009

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at Twitter Lists and how they allow people to group the people they follow on Twitter. Some say they might replace RSS feed readers. Robert Scoble answers Just One Question about how Twitter Lists have changed his life. Plus, magazines are hurting once again, with Time Inc. planning big layoffs and $100 million in cost-cutting, while Newsweek saw ad sales drop 48% in the quarter.

    Check it out:


    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    The Twittering Masses Get Lists at WSJ Digits


    Hands-On with Twitter Lists at News.com

    Twitter Lists Goes Live at Search Engine Land

    Why I Don’t Use Google Reader Anymore at Scobleizer

    World Series Game 2 – Follow Live On Twitter Lists at Huffington Post


    Time Inc. Is Expected to Eliminate More Jobs at NY Times

    Bad News From the Washington Post – Ad Sales Slide Again at Media Memo

    Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged – Newsweek Revels In Condé Losses at Mediaite

    Added Bonus: Here’s the entire interview with Robert Scoble:


    Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results. The question was: “What do you think about the real-time web?”

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    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about the future of newsweekly magazines.

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

    Tagged: lists newsweek robert scoble time inc. twitter
    • me

      with all due respect, Mr Glaser may have had the greatest content in the world but I couldnt make it more than 15 seconds into the podcast due to his absolutely horrible read.

      nasal, dragged out final syllables, mis emphasis, awkward phrasing, all of it. impossible to listen to.

    • Sorry you feel that way and can’t stand my voice. Which podcasts do you listen to and like?

    • Really enjoyed the Scobleizer piece. I am intrigued by the argument that Twitter will negate feed readers. I like the speed and social aspect of Twitter, but feed readers offer just a little bit more content which assists me in deciding whether to dive in deeper.

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