Throwback Thursday (aka #TBT) is not just a day of the week for the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Tasked with preserving historical and government documents for the United States of America and making that data more accessible to the general public, NARA has one of the largest curation jobs in the country. The National Archives has a treasure trove of images, movies, audio, and text cataloging the history of the USA. In 2009 NARA launched a YouTube channel and a Flickr account where you can watch the moon landing or see construction pictures of the US Capitol. If you want a more up-to-date place to hear about our history you can also check out their Instagram account. Sharing this country's history has started countless conversations around the content.
Posted Apr 17, 2014
Amazon.com announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the provider of Guided View technology -- a digital comics reading experience -- and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier. Founded in 2007, comiXology offers a broad library of digital comic book content from over 75 of the top publishers as well as independent creators.
Posted Apr 11, 2014
Longreads, an online community for readers interested in longform storytelling, announced in a blog post that it has been acquired by Automattic-the company behind Wordpress. Started in April of 2009 (as a Twitter hashtag) by Mark Armstrong Longreads bring together the longform work of writers across the fiction and non-fiction spectrum.
Posted Apr 10, 2014
In March Neil Mody, CEO of nRelate published an open letter on the company's site calling attention to something he sees as a major problem afflicting web content: native advertisement starting down the path to banner blindness. But rather than defend the practice, Mody is admitted to being part of the problem and wants to put nRelate on the path to "Content Cleanup". EContent talked to him about the problem and the solution.
Posted Apr 09, 2014
Speculation about Amazon's own streaming music service is heating up after Digital Music News posted a contract it says it obtained from sources like "smaller publishers and rights owners, who are being handed ‘take it or leave it' terms without the ability to negotiate." The article also claims that bigger groups are being offered larger sums of money.
Posted Apr 08, 2014
Ceros Inc., an interactive content creation platform, announced it has secured $6.2 million in B round venture capital investment. The investment, made by Sigma Prime Ventures, Starvest Partners and Ceros' A round investors, Greycroft Partners, enables the company to accelerate development of its technology and rapidly expand its sales and marketing activity.
Posted Apr 08, 2014
The applications of gamification are growing. Many companies are finding new and interesting ways to apply this trend in their industries, but others struggle with understanding how to get started. EContent interviewed James Davidson, digital marketing leader and social business strategist for 7Summits about how companies can get started applying gamification techniques.
Posted Apr 04, 2014
The Search Agency, a global online marketing firm and independent U.S. search marketing agency, released findings from the latest edition of its Mobile Experience Scorecard: Web-Only Retailers, which found that the average time the top 100 web-only retailer sites took to load was 2.99 seconds, almost two seconds longer than Google's recommended load time. Google also recommends Responsive Web Design (RWD) for mobile sites, yet only nine out of the 100 sites in the study used RWD to improve mobile experiences.
Posted Apr 01, 2014
With Newsweek's December 2013 announcement that it is reintroducing a print publication and many continuing to stand behind print as a viable option, even in the internet era, content providers are beginning to reconsider their distribution strategies. While the race has been on to "go digital" over the past few years, many are realizing that print is still relevant-particularly in certain niche markets and with certain target audiences.
Posted Mar 31, 2014
Concerns over different formats, multiple channel delivery, and potentially dangerous inconsistencies in content have come to the forefront in a new survey of life sciences and healthcare professionals. The survey was conducted by Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) in association with The Rockley Group.
Posted Mar 27, 2014
Demandbase, Inc., a B2B targeting and personalization company, announced it has closed a $15 million round of equity financing. Greenspring Associates, a venture-only fund-of-funds with nearly $3 billion in committed capital, led the round. The investment included participation by existing investors including Scale Venture Partners, SigmaWest, Altos Ventures, Costanoa Ventures and Adobe Systems Incorporated. The new financing will be used to help accelerate the growth of the company's advertising solutions and fund additional innovations slated for release in 2014.
Posted Mar 25, 2014
Join Jose Castillo, Jeff Cutler, and Steve Garfield for a discussion about creating great video content on the EContent Google+ page. The live discussion will begin at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, March 28.
Posted Mar 21, 2014
Moguldom Media Group is the brainchild of its CEO and chairman Jamarlin Martin. The company bills itself as the world's largest network of owned and operated digital brands focusing on African Americans, and now Moguldom is taking what it knows about its audience--64% of its readers believe Hollywood does not produce enough documentaries about the African-American experience-- and producing custom video content to fill a niche it calls "docutainment."
Posted Mar 19, 2014
Viacom and Google have finally reached an agreement in a lawsuit over Google's YouTube that has been a staple of the legal scene since 2007. No terms were given just yet, but the companies made a statement.
Posted Mar 18, 2014
Research from Voxburner has revealed that only 5% of young people expect to buy an e-reader in the next 12 months. This is compared to the 24% of respondents who expect to buy a tablet, and 40% who are expecting to upgrade their smartphone.
Posted Mar 14, 2014
There was a very important birthday this week that you probably forgot. Don't worry, you don't need to run out and get a card to apologize. The World Wide Web doesn't mind that you forgot its 25th birthday. But you should probably feel guilty about letting this milestone pass unnoticed because, according to Pew, the World Wide Web has made your life better.
Posted Mar 14, 2014
Highwinds announced that it is a founding partner of GameLaunched, a new entrant into the crowdfunding scene specifically focused on gaming. Highwinds will offer global distribution over its Game Delivery Network (GDN) and serve in a mentoring capacity to developers through its representation on the GameLaunched "Launch Crew."
Posted Mar 13, 2014
Cenveo Publisher Services, a content and publishing solutions company, announced the launch of a survey to assess publishers' profitability for digital apps and other mobile products. The "Making Digital Pay" survey aims to provide a comprehensive baseline for the industry to understand where publishers are in comparison with others on the profitability scale.
Posted Mar 11, 2014
Jennifer is the production operations manager for the hosted data services team at Connotate, which provides web data monitoring and extraction services for its customers. "My team writes all the processes to automate the reading, collection, publishing, and pushing of data to our customers," Beach says, noting that her group oversees 450 servers. That means working closely with Connotate's sales and professional services web harvesting teams to make sure the company delivers exactly what customers expect. "We're technologists and engineers, but with strong business analyst skills."
Posted Mar 07, 2014
Engage, developers of web and mobile solutions for enterprises, announced that it has open-sourced its suite of DNN modules. All Engage modules are now available for free to the DNN community, licensed under the MIT open-source license.
Posted Mar 04, 2014
Some folks wear their hearts on their sleeves. But before long, it's more likely they'll wear their hard drives. Welcome to the age of wearable tech, where everyday attire from wristbands and eyeglasses to shirts and shoes are transformed into cutting-edge computers designed to receive, transmit, and display information in ways never before imagined.
Posted Mar 03, 2014
Netflix wants to make sure its users aren't sitting around looking at loading screens, waiting for their favorite shows to buffer. So the streaming media service has struck a deal with Comcast, America's biggest internet provider (and owner of NBCUniversal Media, LLC) to make sure its subscribers for more reliable service.
Posted Feb 25, 2014
European courts ruled on a question many of us already thought was answered. According to Gigaom, the EU's highest court decided that linking from one website to another does not constitute copyright infringement.
Posted Feb 18, 2014
A few weeks back, I was lured into reading a nice little story on NPR about texting. When I first clicked on the headline, I thought that the article was going to chronicle the rise of the text and explain how it has changed and adapted over the past 20 years. Maybe it would even talk about how easy texting is, or how it's now the preferred form of communication when compared to email or actually calling someone. But I wasn't even close. The story was about how texting is on the decline.
Posted Feb 06, 2014
ValueClick, Inc., a provider of personalized digital marketing, announced that it has changed its name to Conversant, Inc. Under the new brand the company will roll out the an integrated marketing personalization platform that helps brands connect with people as individuals at major scale. Conversant unites five digital marketing leaders launched or acquired by ValueClick since 1998 to combine video and mobile capabilities, RTB and CRM infrastructure, offline measurement, and device recognition to deliver one-to-one engagement at scale.
Posted Feb 04, 2014