Ben Lowy photographs Libya with his new iPhone Hipstamatic Lens

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Conflict photographer Ben Lowy is relying on his iPhone and his soon-to-be-released Hipstamatic lens, which applies minimal processing to the images, to document his latest trip to Libya. For the next week, Tumblr’s Storyboard will publish his photographs.

In an interview with Storyboard, Lowy says he’s gravitated to his iPhone rather than a sophisticated DSLR in part because it’s more efficient and inconspicuous. “I think it engenders a greater sense of intimacy with subjects because you’re not putting a big camera in their face.” Read more


Newsweek’s ‘Picture Dept.’ Tumblr: a second stage for photography

Photo editors will curate the best photography from around the Web and point out worthwhile photo exhibits and books.

Newsweek has added another Tumblr to its collection with Picture Dept., a photo blog that provides a second stage for work published in Newsweek and on The Daily Beast and showcases worthwhile photography around the Web.

Images are of course a big part of Picture Dept., but so are posts about photo exhibits and photo books. “We created this Tumblr to participate in the photo community,” said Cara Phillips, a photo editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. It’s meant to be a single destination “where we can share what we think is great out there and what people should be looking at.”

Newsweek has a long history with Tumblr (well, old if you consider that the latter’s only five years old).  Read more


Bitly data shows the best times to post links to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr

Bitly, the URL shortener of choice for most people, has analyzed its click-tracking data to find the optimal days and times for posting links to social media. The results show interesting, distinct patterns among Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

On Twitter, the best window is 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Facebook was hot at 1 to 4 p.m. And Tumblr is a night owl, with posts doing best after 7 p.m. See the charts below for the full breakdown from Bitly. Read more


Reuters photog who took ‘Texts from Hillary’ picture says viral meme was ‘a mystery to me’

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Reuters photographer Kevin Lamarque tells the story behind his now-famous photo of Hillary Clinton wearing sunglasses and checking her BlackBerry:

“On a secretive trip by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Tripoli, only days before the capture and killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi, I photographed Clinton aboard a C-17 transport plane. She was wearing dark sunglasses while texting from a makeshift desk she was working from. Okay, nice image I thought, but we were about to land in Tripoli which was certain to yield the images that the world would really want to see. Initially yes. But that was last October.”

Last week it sparked a meme of 32 Tumblr posts suggesting what and who Clinton was text messaging. They got 83,000 shares on Facebook, over 45,000 Tumblr followers and a blitz of media coverage. Read more

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Time’s must-see Tumblrs: ProPublica, ShortFormBlog, Newspaper Blackout


Among Time’s must-see Tumblrs:

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How to adapt online news in the age of sharing

Internet users are sending a message most media companies aren’t ready to hear: They want to share, reuse and remix your content.

To leaders of news organizations and other media, this probably means one thing: copyright violation. But with a new style of publishing, they could turn it into an opportunity.

The most popular social networks thrive by letting users repost other people’s content. What if news publishers did the same?

The world’s 1.2 billion Internet users spend one in every five minutes on a social network, the fastest-growing of which are those designed for copying and curating.

Felix Salmon reports that the surging Tumblr microblogging network has nine people curating (by “reblogging” others’ posts) for every one person creating original posts. Then there’s the explosive growth of Pinterest (visits up 55 percent in one month), a social network exclusively for curating images and ideas from around the Web. Read more


The year in sharing: Facebook dominant, but Twitter & Tumblr are booming

Facebook accounted for more than half of all content-sharing activity in 2011, according to new data from AddThis.

The company’s sharing buttons are embedded on more than 11 million websites, giving it a pretty broad view of how content moves across the Internet. While Facebook captured 52 percent of all sharing, some smaller players are growing fast:

  • Twitter accounts for 13.5 percent of sharing, but grew almost six times this year.
  • Tumblr sharing grew by about 13 times “and is accelerating.”
  • Use of Google’s +1 button grew almost four times “but has plateaued.”

AddThis also found that 2011 was a big year for sharing on mobile devices, with six times more sharing on iPhones, iPads and Android devices this year. The iPad also surpassed the iPhone in sharing volume in June. Read more


Mark Coatney on how Tumblr can help journalists advance their careers

In this week’s career chat, we talked with Mark Coatney, director/media evangelist at Tumblr. Coatney began using Tumblr when he was special projects editor at Newsweek.com and has since learned how various news organizations are using the tool to share content, advance their coverage and reach new audiences.

Coatney explained how journalists can use Tumblr to advance their careers and the work they do, and he shared examples of news sites that are using the tool in innovative ways.

You can replay the chat here …

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Americans spend just a fraction of online time with news compared to social media

In a report on social media published Monday, Nielsen breaks down how Americans spend their time on the Internet. The results are sobering for the online news industry. Americans spend 22.5 percent of their Internet time on social networks and blogs, and just 2.6 percent on current events & global news. Among the online activities that occupy more time than news: online games, portals, videos/movies, instant messaging and classifieds/auctions. Nielsen notes slivers of time on specialty news, including “computer and consumer electronics news,” but they’re counted in a broad “other” category. These figures were based based on Nielsen’s tracking of a panel of Internet users. Skeptical readers may note that blogs could relate to news, and portals post news stories, so take that into account. Read more


Time magazine launches two Tumblrs

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One is a shorter, more social version of Time’s photo blog, LightBox. The second Tumblr, according to a Time memo, “aims to be a digital scrapbook of this institution’s vintage work, its indelible cultural influence and our own anecdotes on the work we do.” Read more

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