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App use dominates mobile browser use, but what does that mean for news content?

The latest report from Flurry shows mobile users are spending the vast majority of their time with mobile apps, not with mobile Web browsers. So far in 2014, iOS and Android users have spent 86 percent of time with their devices using apps, up from 80 percent in 2013. (more...)
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‘Sideways’ visitors to news sites are less engaged, Pew finds

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People who visit a news organization's website directly engage with its content more than those who enter "sideways," according to a new study by the Pew Research Journalism Project. People arriving via Facebook and search stay a shorter time and view fewer pages. Pew's data "suggest that turning social media or search eyeballs into equally dedicated readers is no easy task," Amy Mitchell, Mark Jurkowitz and Kenneth Olmstead write.

That finding was consistent across the 26 news websites whose comScore data Pew examined, even BuzzFeed and NPR.org, "which have an unusually high level of Facebook traffic," the report says. (more...)
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Millennials: Have more Facebook friends, share more selfies

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Millennials, Pew reports, "are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future."

Which is all well and good, but where do they stand on selfies? But if you remember "The Downward Spiral"'s original release date (20 years ago Saturday), you're not just less likely to post selfies, you probably have fewer Facebook friends than younger people. Pew reported last year that publishers' brands meant little to people who consumed news on Facebook -- they were far more likely to click on something recommended by a friend.

But, Pew writes in this new report: "amidst their fervent embrace of all things digital, nine-in-ten Millennials say people generally share too much information about themselves online, a view held by similarly lopsided proportions of all older generations."
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Flipboard acquires Zite from CNN as bigger players are moving into news aggregation

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CNN has sold personalized news aggregator Zite to Flipboard for $60 million, CNN Money reports. Flipboard will also offer custom magazines for some CNN shows as part of the deal.

Zite — whose algorithm always manages to surface customized content that I don't come across anywhere else — was previously acquired by CNN in 2011. In December, AllThingsD reported that a new round of funding valued Flipboard — with its 100 million active users — at $800 million.

The consolidation by two of the largest news readers comes as major players like Google, Facebook and Yahoo have moved to compete in the space. (more...)
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Poynter at SXSW: Algorithms, Journalism and Democracy

Editor’s Note: Poynter will be at South by Southwest, the annual music, movie and interactive festival, March 7-16, in Austin, Texas. Look for our Poynter faculty members, Roy Peter Clark, Ellyn Angelotti and Kelly McBride, and digital media reporter Read more

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Facebook bets on big future for ‘dark social’ sharing with WhatsApp acquisition

If Facebook wants to maintain its dominance over our social lives online, its acquisition of hot messenger platform WhatsApp indicates it could do so without becoming the hellish, share-everything-with-everyone company from Dave Eggers’ “The Circle.”

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Teenagers don’t use social media to share links, says Microsoft researcher

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In a conversation with Evie Nagy, Microsoft Research Principal Researcher danah boyd talks about how teens use social media. It's not the same way grown-ups do:
My adult Twitter experience is more of people using it for professional communication or news sharing or brand building or comedy. How do teens use Twitter differently, and what do adults need to understand most?

The first thing you would notice if you were following teenagers is that you would not see very many links. Which is radically different than our world. They're doing a lot of interacting and engaging around celebrities, pop culture, really funny trending topics that they think are interesting, I'm sure you've seen some of the crazy hashtags. And of course with Instagram, hashtags have become even stronger on Twitter. Hashtags are content in and of themselves. I'm not sure if you saw that SNL sketch that was like 'hashtag, how are you today?,' etc. There's a degree to which this is kind of true when you look at teen content. They're also more likely to have protected accounts, and use it to talk to a small group of their actual friends. To them Facebook is everyone they ever knew, and Twitter is something they've locked down to just a handful of people they care about--which is often the opposite of how adults use them.
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Mental Floss a big winner after Facebook’s mysterious ‘high quality’ algorithm change

When Facebook announced in December that it was altering its News Feed algorithm to focus on “high quality content,” speculation centered on which sites might be in danger of excommunication as Facebook took aim at the viral bubble.

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Facebook vs. Google, social media vs. SEO: Why BuzzFeed data shouldn’t declare a winner

Last week, the latest traffic referral report from BuzzFeed caught Marshall Simmonds’s eye. The data indicated Facebook delivered about 3.5 times more page views to BuzzFeed Network sites in December than Google did:

 

 

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What’s your news org’s Facebook age?

So Facebook is 10 years old. That makes it, what, a fifth grader? But chances are your news organization's Facebook page isn't quite getting ready for middle school yet, which, if you've been to middle school, is probably a relief. Poynter's page, for instance, is about 6, while the Associated Press' is 4. Most of the posts below are the first ones I could find for these news organizations -- email me if there's something earlier I can swap in. 2004 Facebook begins. Like. 2007 Several news orgs joined this year, including The New York Times. That page goes into the Gray Lady's long past with photos and front pages, but the Times joined on Oct. 29. On Nov. 19, the newspaper added a life event with the move to new HQ.
This photo by Fred R. Conrad/ The New York Times, was part of the Nov. 19 posting.
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