Bugmenot Shutdown Due to High Traffic, not Threats: Former Host

Claims that pressure from media companies forced the temporary shutdown of the controversial Bugmenot anti-registration site are utterly false, the site’s former hosting company told ClickZ. Bugmenot lets users share user IDs & passwords and therefore bypass compulsory registration at many many popular content sites. The site’s anonymous users had implied that media pressure was behind it going offline last week. But Bugmenot’s former hosting company said that “Nobody approached us, we had no idea what the site even did, nor had we heard of it before.” Brent Oxley, spokesman for Hostgator, said that the heavy traffic to Bugmenot had […]

A Day in the Life of a Spammer

What if the crime of Breaking & Entering into your home were illegal only if the perpetrator wore a mask? Imagine if Breaking & Entering into your home were legal if the perpetrator didn’t wear a mask. Now imagine that we’re not talking about breaking & entering into your home but into your e-mail queue. In the U.S., it’s now legal to spam you if the spammer doesn’t disguise his identity. That’s the situation which the ironically named CAN SPAM Act of 2003 has created. Provided that the spammer doesn’t disguise his identity or subsequently agrees to not break into […]

Woeful Circulation for Just Retailed Digital Edition of Newspapers

The American Press Institute’s Cyberjournalist.net picked up our item last week about the woeful circulation of newspaper digital editions. Cyberjournalist’s lead sentence, although well-intentioned, made a conclusion that we didn’t: “In case there was any doubt that digital editions of newspapers were a horrible experience and destined to failure,….” It’s not quite a simple as all that. Retailed digital editions of newspapers (i.e., those sold directly by the publication to the consumer) do have dismal circulations. This is because the proper technologies (i.e., truly interactive files of less than 1MB per edition delivered routinely, wirelessly, automatically, and without proprietary applications […]

Changes at Folio, Circulation Management, and Online Journalism Review

Two changes to report about news trade journals: The ownership of Folio: and Circulation Management magazines has changed. Both were wholly-owned by Primedia, a company that during the Internet Boom both overgorged on dot.coms (for example, purchasing About.com for spending USD800 million) and overexpanded its print magazine operations. Since that boom went bust, Primedia has been selling off assets to payoff its huge load of debts. Rumors began circulation last week that it wanted to sell Folio:, Circulation Management, and American Demographics magazines. Yesterday, Primedia announced that it and Red 7 Media, which publishes M10, a small upstart competitor to […]

British Online Usage 1999-2003 Increased 8X

Between 1999 and 2003, the time Britons spent online increased by eightfold, according to a report today in netimperative. Text messaging has increased fifteen-fold. People in the UK now spend more money on mobile phones than fixed-line telephony. By contrast, the growth of traditional media has been paltry. UK television viewing increased by only 2 percent and radio listening by 6 percent The report details how there are now almost 50,000 new broadband subscribers every week (DSL and cable), up from around 40,000 additions a week in late 2003. The total number of UK broadband subscribers is on par with […]

Woeful Circulations for Digital Editions

SEE AN UPDATE TO THIS POSTING Here are a few circulation figures for some U.S. newspapers’ digital editions: USA Today – 900 self-reported (0.05 percent of the total weekday print circulation of 2,154,539). The New York Times – 3,172 ABC-audited (0.28 percent of 1,118,565). The Washington Post – 424 ABC (0.06 percent of 732,904). Boston Globe – 321 self-reported (0.03 percent of 452,109). Sacramento Bee – 100 self-reported (0.03 percent of 303,841), Boston Herald – 150 self-reported (0.06 percent of 248,988). Arkansas Democrat Gazette – 3,418 s-r (1.8 percent of 187,601).

Half of Mobile Phones Now Have Internet Access

A Mobinet report says that 49% petrcent of mobile phone users worldwide have Internet access (eMarketer has a story about it). Mobile Internet access is 80 percent in Japan, 47 percent in Europe, and 37 percent in North America. Mobinet is a project between A.T. Kearney and Cambridge University’s Business School and the survey is basd upon 4,500 mobile phone users from 13 countries. The study determined that 75% of mobile phone users use mobile data services. However, only 1% are rated ‘heavy users.’ The cost of mobile data was the primary reason (35 percent) that respondents gave for not […]

Paid Online Content Publishing: The Long View, Part 1

ClickZ.com today published the first of a two-part article I’ve written about the future of paid content. During the past two years at that site, I’ve written 36 columns about free-to-fee publishing, but none until now about what I firmly think the future for publishing, broadcasting, advertising, and paid content will be by 2014. ClickZ restricts these columns to about 1,000 words each, so I’ve had to write that topic across two columns, this month and next. This month’s column frames the major change occuring in media; next month’s, which will be published on September 8th, will describe the world […]

Deep in Exotic Kansas

I’m in Lawrence, Kansas, today through Thursday for a two-day conference in which The World Company shows how it’s operating the successful LJWorld.com newspaper site, Lawrence.com community site, and KUSports.com site. The World Company operates the newspaper, a TV station, and the cable television network in this university town. These news & information sites have won many awards and have been the subject of presentation at other conferences from Rome to San Diego. I’m here for two reasons: (1) to ‘steal’ a few ideas for some college-related sites that I’m launching and (2) to see attendees from other newspapers and […]

Four Speaking Engagements Upcoming

We’re pleased to have accepted some speaking engagements during the next ten months: September 23 — at the Segon Seminari Internacional de Periodisme Digital (Second International Seminar of Digital Journalism). The event is being organized by el Grup de Periodistes Digitals and will be held n the Catalan, Spanish, and English languages at Rovira i Virgili University in Vilanova i la Geltr

Another Example of Google News' Odd Choices of Sources

Here’s another typical example (click the illustration above) of Google News‘ odd choices of news sources. It’s a snapshot from about 2000 hours UTC on 3 August 2004. Google chose the Chinese government news agency Xinhua as the most relevant source of Google News’ top two stories. Both of those are U.S. domestic stories that are much more widely, relevantly, and authoritatively reported by U.S. news organizations. In its World news section, Google selected Xinhua as the most relevant source for two of the top three World stories and chosen Al-Jazeera as the third. The Xinhua stories are datelined the […]

Nielsen-Netratings Says Fewer People Used Internet From Home in Some Major Countries

Nielsen//NetRatings believes that usage of the Internet from homes actually shrunk worldwide during the past year. The auditing firm estimates that 3.5 million fewer people worldwide used the Internet at home from May 2004 to June 2004. In the U.S. alone, 3.6 million fewer people used the Internet from home, according to Nielsen//Netratings. Although the U.S. had the greatest numeric shrinkage. the percentages of shrinkage in Hong Kong and Switzerland were higher, three percentage points in each. The number of people accessing the Internet from their home also shrunk in Austrialia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden, but increased […]

TowerGroup Predicts Online Microtransactions to Reach USD11.5 Billion by 2009

The TowerGroup research consultancy in Massachusetts forecasts that U.S. micropayments revenues will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 23% from 2003 to 2009. e-Marketer today describes some of that forecast. The TowerGroup sees new microtransactive softwares and infrastructures being developed and believes that U.S. micropayments, which it defines as electronic payments of less than USD5.00 will rise from USD2.0 billion during 2003 to USD11.5 billion by 2009. [Our own articles & analyses about microtransaction are available on Jupitermedia’s the ClickZ marketing information Web site, where we write the about publishing paid content online.]

From More Than 4,500 Sources, Just a Dozen Account for Most Google News Stories?

[UPDATE: Many of the Google’s senior engineers were attending the Search Engine World conference in San Jose, California when his posting appeared. Within ten days of this posting, Google appeared to have adjusted its news algorithm. Was that a coincidence or a result of publicity from this posting? Only they know. The choices of sources that Google News’ algorithms now use appear more journalistically balanced, although questions are still being raised.] For some unofficial Web sites that we’re launching at several eastern U.S. universities this autumn, we had to find feeds of unusual categories of news stories, the quirky types […]