Twitter co-founder Ev Williams acknowledged Monday that available metrics like follower counts are not great measures of success.
In any local market, the dozens or hundreds of available news websites make up a news ecosystem.
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The Knight News Challenge is giving more than $1.375 million to six projects that use networks in different ways to solve journalism problems.
Two of the winners announced Monday address issues on opposite ends of the journalism process:
Alexis Madrigal: Photo galleries an ‘invisible poison’ to news sites
“Readers may click through your slideshow, but they’ll hate you a liiitttle bit more than they did when they got to the site. … You can get a page view spike that’s actually a negative for your brand. And the more the slideshow spreads because of a clever headline or just because the topic is hot, the farther that brand damage spreads. Congratulations! You juiced the stats with an invisible poison!”
Figures reiterated quite often on blogs, forums and in tweets suggest that some 20% of their keyword traffic is hidden behind secure search (when a person is signed into their Google account and searching the web).I checked Poynter.org's analytics: Keywords were hidden in 29 percent of searches in April. That's up from 22.5 percent in November, shortly after the change was made. Now "(not provided)" makes up the largest category of search terms, dwarfing the second place term: Poynter. Overall, 6 percent of inbound traffic now comes from a black box.