Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Anatomy of Facebook | Facebook

While we will never know if it was true in 1929, the scale and international reach of Facebook allows us to finally perform this study on a global scale. Using state-of-the-art algorithms developed at the Laboratory for Web Algorithmics of the Università degli Studi di Milano, we were able to approximate the number of hops between all pairs of individuals on Facebook. We found that six degrees actually overstates the number of links between typical pairs of users: While 99.6% of all pairs of users are connected by paths with 5 degrees (6 hops), 92% are connected by only four degrees (5 hops). And as Facebook has grown over the years, representing an ever larger fraction of the global population, it has become steadily more connected. The average distance in 2008 was 5.28 hops, while now it is 4.74.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

CNN’s redesigned iReport will look more like a social network than a news site | Poynter.

Pew: Fox News leads in Twitter engagement, while most news orgs just share links | Poynter.

Texas newspaper begins printing Twitter, Facebook contacts with each story | Poynter.

Choosing a strategy for content: 4 Ws and a H | Online Journalism Blog

How A ‘Business Class’ And ‘Economy Class’ For News Sites Would Look | paidContent

Information Architects – Business Class: Freemium for News?

Twitter: A self-promotion tool for mainstream media | The Digital Home - CNET News