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I recently attended the WTIA Fast Pitch Forum & Technology Showcase. The conference featured two dozen of the of the hottest technology companies in Washington presenting their business in a competition for “Best In Show”. Konnect was one of the presenters. They are the only social media platform designed for local newspapers.

Konnects is a social media platform designed for online publications, magazines and newspapers to bring interactivity to your organization’s website. Their platform is easy to deploy and their solutions team can assist you in getting your online community up and running quickly.

Choose the colors, fonts, and banners to give your online newspaper community a unique look and feel that matches the branding of your organization. Each Konnects powered online community comes with its own email importers to allow your members to grow your audience base for you. As your community grows by word of mouth, so will your brand recognition, marketing opportunities, and ability to generate additional revenue.

If you are a part of an online news source, consider checking out Konnect. Don’t get left behind in the ever-changing world of the Internet… and the way we consume our news.

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What Kind of Magazines do You Like?

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Years ago, my Dad sold magazines for a living. I really haven’t subscribed to any for a long time. Do any of you actually subscribe to any magazines, and actually have them delivered to your house? It seems that with some of them, even if you stop paying for them… they keep showing up! I’ve had several in the past that I just quit paying, because I no longer wanted to receive them. Yet they still keep coming! Usually, by the time news reaches your mailbox in a magazine… it’s already old news. You’ve read it online, or watched it on television. Even weekly periodicals can be out of date by the time it gets to you.

What if you want to create your own magazine and archive it forever and ever? You might head over to Tabbloid. You don’t even need to sign up to get started with things. You really can create your own ‘magazine’.

Enter in the RSS feeds that you want to read. Choose what email you want it sent to, along with the day(s) and time(s) you want it sent. Voila! That’s all there is to it. As soon as you set your options, you can click on “generate now” at the bottom. Your .pdf will be created and opened, ready to read or even print.

RSS feeds are everywhere. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be an RSS feed… it could be an Atom feed. Any website that has a feed is able to be placed into your magazine. You can read and delete it, save it for later, print it out, or even just archive it forever. It may be what you’ve been looking for all these years.


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Is the Future of Science Research Open?

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What was the last magazine you read? Every once in awhile, a magazine floats through my house with an article that catches my attention. The May, 2008 issue of Scientific American has on the cover “Science 2.0: The Risks and Rewards of Web-Based Research”. Whoa… I thought that maybe this would be an interesting article, but I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I wasn’t sure if Scientists are embracing the Collaborative Web, or if they’re pushing it away. One quote in the article said: “Although Wiki’s are gaining, Scientists have been strikingly slow to embrace one of the most popular Web 2.0 applications: Weblogging (Blogging)”.

The four key concepts of the article are:

  • Science 2.0 generally refers to new practices of scientists who post raw experimental results, nascent theories, claims of discovery and draft papers on the Web for others to see and comment on.
  • Proponents say these “open access” practices make scientific progress more collaborative and therefore more productive.
  • Critics say scientists who put preliminary findings online risk having others copy or exploit the work to gain credit or even patents.
  • Despite pros and cons, Science 2.0 sites are beginning to proliferate; one notable example is the OpenWetWare project started by biological engi­neers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The first generation of World Wide Web capabilities rapidly transformed retailing and information search. More recent attributes such as blogging, tagging and social networking, dubbed Web 2.0, have just as quickly expanded people’s ability not just to consume online information but to publish it, edit it and collaborate about it—forcing such old-line institutions as journalism, marketing and even politicking to adopt whole new ways of thinking and operating.

Science could be next. A small but growing number of researchers (and not just the younger ones) have begun to carry out their work via the wide-open tools of Web 2.0. And although their efforts are still too scattered to be called a movement—yet—their experiences to date suggest that this kind of Web-based “Science 2.0” is not only more collegial than traditional science but considerably more productive.

I don’t think Science could be hurt by more collaboration. By mixing more Macro with more Micro may produce more interesting conversations within the Scientific community. The potential for collaboration to exist is Infinity… in both directions.


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