Quick hits: Wal-Mart, Drupal, Bivings Report
A few quick hits before I go offline for a few days again (finishing some writing and then grading and then hitting the road):
Updated 12/25 to clarify, as Martin Langeveld notes, that the Bivings report applies to the top 100 papers. Meant to put that in but in the rush forgot.
- Bill Walsh: An excellent explanation of why it is still Wal-Mart and not Walmart, despite what you see on the signs.
- David Cohn: Nice detail of how the Howard Dean campaign set the stage for today's political technology that came aflower in the Obama campaign. Good little history of Drupal, too.
- The Bivings Group: this year's look at how the 100 largest newspapers use the online space. Some interesting things
- 58% offer some type of user-generated content, up from 24% last year.
- Commenting is now on 75% of newspaper sites, up from 33% last year.
- 10% have social networking features, double last year. As the report says, it's surprising this isn't higher (see my earlier post today on predictions for 2009).
- But almost all (92%) have integration with some kind of social bookmarking site, so that's some progress.