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Readers expect humor on Facebook, says author of Dallas paper’s funny weather posts

Dallas Morning News Digital Communities Manager Michael Landauer doesn’t run the organization’s Facebook page — Christy Robinson, who he said has quadrupled the page’s likes, is mostly tasked with that. Landauer does, however, write funny takes on the weather for the Morning News’ page, one of which got a bit of attention last week.

The Morning News pushes out weather posts late at night so people have the most accurate information for the following morning. Landauer used to be on the Morning News’ editorial board and said he was “looking for a creative outlet” when he volunteered for weather duty. He began peppering his posts with comments like “Today’s a good day to wear pants” or asking people to observe a moment of silence for Charlie Chaplin’s birthday, he said in a phone call with Poynter.… Read more

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Report: readers more loyal to large news sites

The latest report by analytics firm Parse.ly indicates large news sites see a greater percentage of visitors return within 30 days than small news sites do.

That finding runs counter to the company’s internal hypothesis that niche sites would have higher return rates, the company said in an email. Sites with more than 10 million monthly visitors saw a 16 percent return rate, while sites with fewer than 1 million monthly visitors saw a 9 percent return rate.

The company’s March sample included 500 million visitors and over 2 billion page views. Across Parse.ly’s entire network, an average of 11 percent of visitors returned to a site within 30 days.

Last month, Poynter wrote about Chartbeat and New York magazine’s effort to track what converts one-time visitors into loyal, returning readers.… Read more

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How to make the most of sharing images on Facebook and Twitter

Twitter introduced inline image previews last October amid cries that the platform was becoming too much like Facebook. But the change had big implications for news organizations looking to increase engagement and get more readers to share their content.

Tweets with images get a 35 percent bump in retweets, on average, for verified accounts, according to Twitter. Another study indicates images uploaded directly to Twitter — and receiving a pic.twitter.com url — see 94 percent more engagement than other photo links do. That’s likely because Twitter allows inline image previews for those images, but not for other services like Instagram.

And it’s surely no coincidence that the two most-retweeted tweets ever have included photos:

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Facebook and Storyful launch new ‘newswire’ for journalists

Facebook and the social media news agency Storyful Thursday announced the launch of FB Newswire, a site that the social networking giant hopes “will make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce.” Storyful will provide verified content on the service.

“More and more we are looking for ways to make our content more accessible to journalists,” Andy Mitchell, Facebook’s director of news and global media partnerships, said in a phone call with Poynter. The company has been “driving a lot of referrals to news partners,” Mitchell said. “It felt like we were a positive member of the ecosystem.” The company recently hired Liz Heron from The Wall Street Journal to facilitate partnerships between Facebook and news organizations.… Read more

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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.… Read 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.… Read 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.”… Read more

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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.… Read 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 Sam Kirkland. Here is the third in a series of posts on what we’ll be doing at SXSW.

Algorithms control the marketplace of ideas. They grant power to certain information as it flies through the digital space and take power away from other information. Algorithms control who sees what on social-media sites such as Facebook and YouTube, through search engines such as Google and Bing, and even in defined news spaces such as The New York Times, with its lists of most-shared and most-commented features, and Yahoo News.… 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.”

With WhatsApp, Facebook now offers a significant dark social product — a way for users to share content with small groups of people away from the spotlight of a public social network. While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used the term “open” eight times in a letter defining the company for its IPO, he’s clearly also interested in the growing market for more closed-off forms of communication — from private platforms like WeChat and Kik to very, very private platforms like Whisper and Secret.

Zuckerberg again used the term “open” in a statement about the WhatsApp acquisition but also emphasized that sharing can take many forms:

Our mission is to make the world more open and connected.

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