July/August 2008 Issue

News Features

Google Friend Connect lets websites grow traffic by adding social features simply by adding a few snippets of code—no programming necessary. Social features are chosen from a catalog of widgets on the Friend Connect website that enable an end-user website to engage more people.
- Posted Jun 24, 2008
With its unique publishing and editorial structure, and limitless topical scope, Wikipedia traffics a huge amount of information. Out of more than 2.3 million entries in English, the mere presence of some entries is enough to offend certain groups.
- Posted Jul 01, 2008
In an age when most information is transmitted digitally and most digital information takes the form of words and letters projected on a computer monitor, the visually impaired may often feel hopelessly and helplessly left out in the cold. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is taking efforts to ameliorate this all-too-common problem by launching the DAISY Digital Talking Book, a centerpiece for a free, downloadable plug-in to provide feature-rich, structured information for individuals who are blind or print-disabled.
- Posted Jul 04, 2008
BudgetTravel.com has begun incorporating social media tools into its online experience, with the aid of the on-demand social media platform KickApps. Visitors to the site now find that they have several creative ways to share their travel advice with one another, and they can even make an impact on the print edition of the magazine.
- Posted Jul 11, 2008

Featured Stories

Blogs have come a long way from their earliest manifestations as little more than the online journal entries of individuals wearing bunny slippers while typing away on a home computer. These days, traditional media companies are still struggling to figure out how to leverage the innate characteristics of blogging—immediacy, focus, global reach, interactivity—in a way that will complement existing media channels.
- Posted Jul 01, 2008
As Web 2.0 tools have developed, audiences have grown to expect to be involved. While many new businesses have developed around this idea, traditional media has had little choice but to jump on the bandwagon. The results have been mixed, but companies new and old are finding ways to leverage community for content and revenue.
- Posted Jul 08, 2008
My plan was to pick up a few different e-readers, play with them for a while, and then happily give them back. This plan has backfired. My name is Sherry. I am a Kindle-aholic. This is my story.
- Posted Jul 15, 2008


Agile thinking is something we do everyday. Perhaps we miss a word or two on a bad phone connection, or we don't express our thoughts clearly in an email, yet the person on the other end of the communication detects myriad clues from context or experience to interpret meaning, or asks follow-up questions for clarification. Michelle Manafy, editor of EContent magazine, waxes eloquently on the topic . . .
- Posted Jun 26, 2008
Are you sure that the search system you're using will satisfy the requirements of the Federal Rules for Civil Procedures (FRCP) regarding electronically stored information (ESI)? If your first reaction is "not more acronyms," I feel your pain. Vendors create acronyms faster than they upgrade their products. So let's start with the meaning of the FRCP, focusing on the amendments regarding ESI that went into effect on Dec. 1, 2006.
Posted Jul 07, 2008
A few years ago, the department of information studies at the University of Sheffield invited me to be a visiting professor. On a recent visit, I talked to an undergraduate student who was starting to look at what might be her first step on a career in information management. Like so many information professionals, I got into the business by accident, after discovering that I was not really that good at chemistry. While not uncommon, that approach is difficult to commend to a student.
- Posted Jul 10, 2008
I recently spent the day with my editor and his colleagues on the marketing, editorial, and PR teams at my publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. We had wide-ranging discussions the release of the Amazon Kindle version of my book. While the Kindle is new, John Wiley & Sons isn't. I can point to a number of things that are evidence of how Wiley is tuned in today, behavior that's indicative of why it has thrived for 2 centuries.
- Posted Jul 14, 2008
Is anyone making money on web video?" The publisher of one of the most popular and long-running video shows online recently posed that question to one of his peers and me. The other publisher, who is responsible for hundreds of hours of video content on her suite of branded media sites, just shook her head. "And anyone who tells you he is making money on video is lying," she contended.
- Posted Jul 02, 2008

Faces of EContent

"My job is to translate their knowledge and expertise into the information that our customers need."
- Posted Jun 27, 2008

Case Studies

Upon noticing the high rates of international traffic on its social networking site, the hi5 team decided to offer a plethora of international languages. The company started off by adding German, French, and Spanish, but it soon grew dissatisfied with its translation vendor. In September 2007, hi5 turned to Lionbridge for help.
- Posted Jul 07, 2008