Mediatwits #47: Positively Dan Rather; Future of Facebook; Rise of Snip.it

    by Mark Glaser
    May 4, 2012
    Longtime newsman Dan Rather said he's optimistic about journalism and the Internet, despite the business model still being worked out. Photo credit: U.S. Air Force "via Wikipedia":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dan_Rather_in_July_2011.jpg

    Welcome to the 47th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the Rafat Ali as co-hosts. On this show, Rafat had the honor (and early-morning wakeup call) to interview news icon Dan Rather at 7 a.m. while Rather was traveling by train to Washington, D.C. Rather has a new memoir out, “Rather Outspoken,” and talked to Rafat about why he’s positive about journalism, the lack of online business model for news and the rise of Al Jazeera. With the Facebook IPO coming in a couple weeks, we had special guest Eric Jackson talk about his new Forbes story, with the catchy title: “Here’s Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years.” Jackson believes that a school of thought called organizational sociology might be relevant to the tech business today.

    Finally, we looked deeper at a new social curation tool called Snip.it, similar to Pinterest but where people “snip” stories they like and put them into categories. Special guest Ramy Adeeb, founder and CEO of Snip.it, explained how he started the service after his frustration with sharing the best stories covering the Arab Spring a year ago. Now the service is growing, and helping to drive traffic to publishers’ sites. But does it have staying power?

    No one's figured out a business model that will support deep-digging investigative reporting on a sustained basis...Someone will come up with business models, but it hasn't happened." -Dan Rather

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    Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:


    0:20: News roundup

    1:20: Could Facebook IPO tank (eventually)?

    4:45: Byliner drops Amazon after a Buzz Bissinger story’s price was dropped to 0.

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    7:50: Rundown of stories on podcast

    Positively Dan Rather

    8:40: Special guest Dan Rather, interviewed by Rafat Ali

    10:00: Rather: I’m an optimist by nature, fairly optimistic about journalism

    12:25: Rather: No one has created a new business model to support quality journalism online

    14:20: Rather: Entertainment values have overwhelmed news values

    17:00: What about newer international sources such as Al Jazeera?

    18:30: Rather: I applaud the BBC coming into the American market

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    Eric Jackson

    Future of Facebook, Google?

    19:40: Special guest Eric Jackson

    21:45: Sociologists don’t give much credence to company leaders

    24:20: Jackson: Google has failed at many businesses despite having money, brains

    28:00: Jackson: Facebook will be slower to adapt to the new mobile world

    Snip.it and social curation services

    30:20: Special guest Ramy Adeeb

    32:30: Adeeb: Social media tools good at info dissemination but not saving stories

    35:00: Adeeb: Goal is to get people to go to Snip.it site, read more stories

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    Ramy Adeeb

    36:20: Adeeb: We will make sure users know which content is sponsored

    More Reading

    Facebook’s IPO show to hit the road May 7 -source at Reuters

    What effect does Instagram deal have on Facebook’s IPO? at USA Today

    Hulu, networks to change model of free streaming at NY Post

    Navigating a Tightrope With Amazon at NY Times

    Can E-Books Succeed Without Amazon? at MediaShift

    Dan Rather: Mark Cuban Has The Guts My CBS Bosses Lacked at Forbes

    Rather Outspoken by Dan Rather

    Here’s Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years at Forbes

    Social curation site Snip.it

    New Middle East collection on Snip.it

    Can a Pinterest for articles crack the eco web code? at GigaOm

    Pinterest For Online Articles Lets You Bookmark What You’ve Read at PSFK

    Khosla Ventures-Backed Snip.it Lets You Clip, Save And Share Collections Of Content On The Web at TechCrunch

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    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. and Circle him on Google+

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