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3 lessons from BuzzFeed’s Twitter swarm during the Golden Globes

BuzzFeed wants to own the Twitter conversation when events of national interest take place, and Sunday’s airing of the Golden Globes gave the social news site another chance to hone its craft.

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‘Undesirable’ U.S. journalist banned from Russia

Time | Radio Free Europe | The Guardian | BuzzFeed
"I have been expelled from Russia and declared persona non grata," David Satter wrote on his website Tuesday. The journalist and Russia scholar was banned from the country, Maya Rhodan wrote in Time Monday, "in what is reportedly the first such ousting since the U.S.S.R. disbanded in 1991."

According to a story Tuesday from Radio Free Europe, Satter had been working with RFE as an advisor since September of 2013, and in December, Satter was told his visa would be renewed.
But Satter says he was told later by a Russian Embassy official in the Ukrainian capital that his presence in Russia was considered "undesirable" and his visa request had been rejected.
The Guardian has a video, here, with Satter explaining how things happened.

"It was typical, during the Soviet period, to accuse foreign correspondents of being spies," Satter said in the video. "But to make a direct accusation of that kind against a journalist in post-Soviet Russia is, in fact, extremely rare."

Moscow's City Center in January, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Is Facebook’s latest News Feed algorithm really intended to save us from ourselves?

Facebook | AllThingsD | BuzzFeed | Forbes
News that Facebook is altering its News Feed algorithm to put more "high quality content" in front of users has publishers fretting for good reason. News Feed changes are often complicated, rarely transparent and always nerve-racking considering the impact of Facebook referrals on site traffic.

The latest change should be particularly worrisome for news sites less focused on in-depth news than on the click bait increasingly flooding the site, according to an AllThingsD interview with News Feed manager Lars Backstrom:
Are you paying attention to the source of the content? Or is it solely the type of content?

Right now, it’s mostly oriented around the source. As we refine our approaches, we’ll start distinguishing more and more between different types of content. But, for right now, when we think about how we identify “high quality,” it’s mostly at the source level.

So something that comes from publisher X, you might consider high quality, and if it comes from publisher Y, it’s low quality?


BuzzFeed CEO: Understanding ‘how information is shared’ can be as valuable as ‘traditional reporting talent’

Adweek | Bloomberg News | Dave Weigel
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti explains to Adweek what his publication looks for in employees: "People who really understand how information is shared on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and other emerging platforms, because that is in some cases as important as, you know, having traditional reporting talent," Peretti says.

(Also: It helps if you can make a raging PB&J.) (more...)

Readers will ‘eventually choose the juicy truth over a heartwarming hoax,’ says Nick Denton

In an email to staffers Tuesday, Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton said it was "bad news" that BuzzFeed beat Gawker in traffic in November. Upworthy, which he describes as "even smarmier than Buzzfeed," is "nipping at our heels," Denton writes.

But Gawker sites had 106 million unique visitors last month, he writes, and its Kinja platform will likely even the race. While Gawker is "not completely averse to crowd-pleasing," Denton writes, Deadspin's Manti Teo story shows "the crowd will eventually choose the juicy truth over a heartwarming hoax."

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Is viral content the next bubble?

The Wire | PandoDaily | The Wall Street Journal The website Viral Nova emulates sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy, and was in October "already nearly half the size of the sites that inspired it," Alex Litel writes. Its success suggests specializing in viral content "can be reverse engineered fairly quickly by anyone with a careful eye for emulation — which is to say everyone on the Internet." Viral Nova publishes articles with headlines like "This Puppy Taught Me More In 1 Minute Than Anyone Else Has Done In A Lifetime" and "Yes, This Is A Boy Chained Up Like A Dog. And The Reason Why Is Even More Heartbreaking." (more...)
A general view of the Olympic Fisht stadium is seen in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Print journalists who use social media at Sochi Olympics could lose accreditation

BuzzFeed | The Guardian | Petal Pixel | The Wall Street Journal
There will be no tweeting, no Instagram-ing, no Vine-ing, and nothing caught on "amateur-standard technology," for reporters at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Max Seddon reported Monday in BuzzFeed.
Vasily Konov, head of the state-run R-Sport news agency, which controls accreditation at February’s games, told a seminar for sports journalists on Friday that print reporters using any sort of multimedia would be “considered a serious violation and lead to their accreditation being canceled,” several Russian outlets reported. Only journalists with professional equipment and special badges will be allowed to do so.
But according to a report Monday afternon in USA Today, journalists can tweet and Instagram, a spokesman with the International Olympic Committee said, but they can't post videos. (more...)

BuzzFeed names Isaac Fitzgerald its first books editor

BuzzFeed has hired Isaac Fitzgerald to edit its books section.

The author Stephen Elliott convinced Fitzgerald to join the literary site The Rumpus, who said in a phone call he had been "just bouncing around" in San Francisco, working at Bucca di Beppo and AlterNet, "smuggling medical supplies into Burma" and working in a biker bar. He stayed at The Rumpus, which he co-owns, for four years and then joined McSweeney's as its director of publicity.

He liked the McSweeney's job, Fitzgerald said, "But I was missing the Internet, and I was missing what I do best, which is talk about books online." He foresees a section built on "shareable content" and personal essays from authors -- "things that people want to share but also can connect with," he said, citing a quote from Alan Bennett's "The History Boys": "The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours." (more...)

Slate appends long correction to article slamming BuzzFeed

Slate "The Virality of Evil," Evgeny Morozov's piece about BuzzFeed's translation effort took a hefty correction Tuesday:
This article originally used different analytics platforms to compare the BBC’s and BuzzFeed’s traffic. The sentence about the BBC has been removed because the comparisons are not exact. The piece also said that “The Viral Web in Real Time” is BuzzFeed’s motto. It was a prominently displayed tag line on the site for some time, but no longer is. The article also said that BuzzFeed is not interested in bringing local foreign news to the English-language blogosphere; BuzzFeed has a foreign editor and correspondents in Turkey, Syria, and Moscow. That sentence has been removed. The article also originally suggested that BuzzFeed is entering local advertising markets in foreign countries. BuzzFeed is not currently in local markets.

Blog strips GIFs from BuzzFeed articles

Buzzfeed Articles Without The GIFs
"I love Buzzfeed's writing, but couldn't stand those pesky GIFs getting in the way," writes the creator of a surprisingly compelling Tumblr blog.

Hunter Schwarz's salute to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was a breezy read when first published in August, but stripped of visual frippery it's even breezier: 88 words that would totally flatten Lord Zedd.

Sponsored content from Dove about the joys of showering? You won't break a sweat reading the 77-word version!

The site's longest read so far: Katie Heaney and Jessica Misener's attempt to troll mushroom-lovers. The all-text version, at 167 words, reads like a website comment left by a crazy person. A brief example:
They are slimy weird bulb food!!! Mushrooms are the surprise ruiner of many a pasta. Some of them LOOK LIKE BRAINS.