Working together across silos is hard but it is undoubtedly the way of the future. We’re outside our comfort zones and we must also admit that our discipline is not the center of the universe. We need help. We are pieces of a jigsaw and through collaboration and bridge building we will fit together, unifying around the clear purpose of serving the customer.
“Web professionals need to be bridge builders,” Gerry McGovern
image via IE6death.com
Microsoft announced it would support IE6 through April of this year back in 2009, and today (along with XP and Office 2003) is the last day Microsoft will provide updates. Unless you’re an old user who couldn’t care less or are somehow nostalgic for a broken web, it’s finally time to say goodbye.
“The most hated browser in the world is finally dead,” TheVerge.com
Here’s their explanation of what they’re trying to do:
In particular, the “Vox cards” are a big part of how they plan to do “explanatory journalism”:
At the core of this phase are the Vox Cards. They’re inspired by the highlighters and index cards that some of us used in school to remember important information. You’ll find them attached to articles, where they add crucial context; behind highlighted words, where they allow us to offer deeper explanations of key concepts; and in their stacks, where they combine into detailed — and continuously updated — guides to ongoing news stories. We’re incredibly excited about them.
Excerpts from yesterday’s NYT’s article:
“[At WaPo,] we were badly held back not just by the technology, but by the culture of journalism,” [Ezra Klein, Editor in Chief] said of daily newspapers, as he offered a preview of his new site, Vox.com, which was introduced Sunday night.
While The Post is an excellent publication, he said, he felt that the conventions of newspaper print journalism in general, with its commitment to incremental daily coverage, were reflected in publishing systems, which need first and foremost to meet the needs of printing a daily paper. And he wanted to create something entirely new, which is why he and two Post colleagues ended up at Vox Media, a rising digital empire that includes sites like SB Nation andThe Verge. Vox, he said, had the tools he was seeking.
In this high-tech universe, Vox Media’s content management system — which even has its own name, Chorus, and is used to publish all the company’s websites — has earned recognition. It is credited with having a toolset that allows journalists to edit and illustrate their copy in dramatic fashion, promote their work on social media, and interact with readers — all seamlessly and intuitively.
Here’s the NYT story from this weekend about the motivations:
I think it’s interesting that Klein’s motivation for leaving WaPo wasn’t enough to push the development team to avoid old school highlighting and index cards. I suspect, as fast as Ezra and Co. wanted to move to the future of digital journalism, they were forced to embrace a few skeuomophic bridges (even if only in name) or risk losing customers — often older customers with the incomes to pay for it — forever.
If you move too fast, some people get winded and stop following.
The WSJ blog published an infographic on mobile vs. desktop on eight social media networks:
A little more than two-thirds of the time Facebook users spent on the service happened on a mobile device, according to comScore data that was analyzed by Statista. For Twitter, the number was north of 85%. Activity on image-heavy platforms like Pinterest and Yahoo’s Tumblr are happening on mobile, too. LinkedIn, on the other hand, saw only 26% of its activity on mobile — perhaps its user base is checking in from the old company desktop at the office?
Six noteworthy findings from @shareaholic:
- YouTube is the undisputed champion.
- Although Google+ and LinkedIn drive the fewest social referrals, they bring in some of the best visitors.
- A referral from Twitter is as good as a referral from Facebook — at least, in terms of bounce rate, pages per visit and time on site.
- Pinterest isn’t exactly the social media golden child we all play it up to be.
- Reddit users are the most fickle.
- StumbleUpon drives the least engaged referrals.
“YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn Drive The Most Engaged Social Referrals,” Danny Wong, Shareholic.com