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Facebook, ABC News and Washington Post. You “LIKE” it?

I signed on the this morning and saw a curious thing. Under “Popular on Facebook” was the name of Jim Kavanagh, a former colleague of mine who now works for the out of Atlanta. He was recommending a story.

The previous day, I had noticed Jim recommend another story.

I don’t recall the coverage he called out, but that’s OK. He’ll likely point out something else later today or in the ensuing days.

Welcome to the continually blurring lines between social media and mainstream media. Thanks to changes in Facebook designed to expand the service’s horizons, mainstream media are moving fast to become more interactive, more relevant, and more immediate. In other words, more fun.

Who’s jumping on this bus? Try ABC, ESPN, along with CNN and…

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More newspapers go “hyperlocal” in search of dollars and new avenues of communication

I’ve got one word for you: “hyperlocal.”

OK. So that’s a cheap ripoff of the famous line from “The Graduate” but the promise of hyperlocal may soon equal that of the “plastics” industry urged to be Dustin Hoffman’s future.

Recently, I detailed in this article how the media’s rush to increase its local connections would impact communities, accelerate the pace of news and greatly impact how business and thought leaders effectively communicate with a variety of audiences.

Now, Steve Safran of LostRemote, a blogger who covers the local media space, reports that the New York Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Miami Herald, The Tribune Co. and Dow Jones Local are forming relationships with, the aggregator and distributor of hyperlocal information that depends on…

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What would 9/11 have been like with social media?

It’s a predictible yet thought provoking question poking its way along the Internet today. What would the horrors of 9/11 be like if we had social media?

Alexia Tsotsis raises the question in a blog post in LA Weekly.

Others are raising it as well. On Twitter today, #whereiwas is attracting some interesting and heartfelt reflection.

“In school, crammed in front of a tv with dozens of other students, and also on the computer, all of which in utter disbelief.” @annakarene

“Woken by the first plane, my NY apt windows that overlooked the towers shook… Couldn’t comprehend until the 2nd plane struck.” @tcroberts

I was in the newsroom of the Akron Beacon Journal, horrified at the news cascading across the wires and the Internet and unfolding on television. We…

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A multi-media firestorm

If you still question the power of the media, or the role of social media in societal debate, take the temperature of firestorm U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson unleashed upon himself last night.

It was rather surreal. There was President Obama speaking to a rare joint session of Congress, when suddenly, a member of that legislative body yelled, “You lie!”

The reaction was immediate, and negative. After the speech, I went online to see who had violated the sacred congressional decorum. The New York Times was blogging the speech live, and mentioned the event on its home page. But no name. Minutes later, I learned from CNN that the suspected screamer was Wilson, a Republican from South Carolina.

It was clear Wilson was in for a very rough time.

Now if Wilson had chosen to…

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Twitter and Iran: A case study for the world

It is predictable. Case studies and articles will be written about the role Twitter is playing in the Iranian protests of late. This is a fascinating topic, but has Twitter’s role been transformative? Or is this another example of social media supporting other forms of communication?

Business Week points out that there is little proof that Twitter has helped organize the protests that are creating such vivid video and photos. Word-of-mouth and text messaging is have a greater impact on the organizing inside Iran.

But there is no doubt Twitter has been used to communicate news around the globe. This Business Week article reports that the coverage even is part of the reform candidate’s media relations strategy. Get Twitter involved and the media cover the role of…

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