AJ goes to Texas. The passing of an era. I remember well the ALS game with the dropped third strike. Norm and Herb were at the game and had to call me at home because Ed Farmer and DJ were talking about what the call was. AJ will be missed by me among other fans.

Don’t Keep Readers Out, Make Them Want to Come in

According to a Guardian executive, thanks in part to the growth of the Facebook app, social sharing is now close to generating as much traffic to the paper’s website as search does — a fairly incredible statistic, considering that social produced just 2 percent of the traffic to the site as recently as six months ago. The Washington Post has seen similar success with its social-sharing app, and the paper’s ombudsman recently described how   the Post sees these kinds of tools as a better short-term response than a paywall: in other words, a way of increasing readership instead of trying to restrict it. This is from Don’t build a paywall, create a velvet rope instead by Mathew Ingram in GigaOm, and I couldn’t agree more. The Guardians’ strategies lately are going to be effective as far as I can see. They are going to publish reports from experts but let local people contribute as well.

Sy Bounds got some Video of Social Media Workshop

I presented a workshop on Social Media 2.0 for people who work at nonprofits recently, and Sy Bounds was kind enough to video some of the session and share them with the world. Here is a link to his tumblr and some of the video are viewable below. Contact me if you would like a similar presentation for your class, group, or business. http://drbarbiversonhandsontech.tumblr.com/ (I think the videos here are in chronological order)

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