Did Farhad “Unplug”?

Last week we spoke with New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo after he published an article titled, “For two months, I got my news from print newspapers. Here’s what I learned.” He wrote that, earlier this year, "after the breaking-newsiest year in recent memory, I decided to travel back in time. I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers.” It was a crash diet.  Lots of healthy analog, and just a little digital — podcasts, email newsletters — for dessert. Farhad found the experience so uplifting and liberating that he was moved to evangelize. He told Bob during their conversation, which you can still listen to, "I boiled it down into three Michael Pollan-esque prescriptions: Get news, not too quick, avoid social." The only problem was, according to analysis by Dan Continue reading "Did Farhad “Unplug”?"

The ❤️ of the matter: Here are too many words about Farhad Manjoo’s Twitter habits (and some cool charts)

Over the weekend, I was chatting on Twitter about last week’s media flare-up, l’affaire Manjoo. That’s the debate prompted by New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo writing this piece, headlined: “For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.” It was only the latest in the overstuffed genre of people recording their retreats from technology and news. They usually end with a gleeful report of the results, tossing aside their Klonopins like a congregant’s crutches at a scam preacher’s Sunday show. (The Sunday Times even featured another candidate for this particular canon, Sam Dolnick’s story of a former top Nike executive who, wealthy enough to rely on a distant financial advisor to handle his riches, has moved to Ohio and decided to ignore all news of the outside world. This guy, basically, but forever.) From Manjoo’s piece:
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You can now get a few additional features on Nuzzel for $100 a year

Nuzzel — the tweet-link-aggregation app that a certain kind of information consumer finds useful as an alternative to staring with horror into Twitter’s gaping maw all day — is now happy to take your money. This week, the company launched Nuzzel Pro, a subscription service costing $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year, that offers additional features. Right now, those features are a little thin — eliminating advertising (which the mobile app doesn’t currently have, but which is coming), allowing users to filter stories by keyword, and enabling a dark mode. Jonathan Abrams, Nuzzel’s founder and CEO, said additional Pro features would be added soon. Nuzzel’s core capabilities will remain free. Users connect their Twitter and Facebook accounts to Nuzzel and can follow the stories that the people they follow are sharing most. Nuzzel also lets users subscribe to or create their own newsletters or feeds of Continue reading "You can now get a few additional features on Nuzzel for $100 a year"

How Publishers Can Drive Traffic with Email Newsletters

The following piece is a guest post from Jonathan Abrams, founder and CEO of Nuzzel. Guest posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. There are billions of people who use email and read news online, but most of these people do not use any tool to filter the news and find relevant content. These people do not use RSS, Twitter, Nuzzel, Flipboard, or other social news apps — but they do use email. Contrary to what some people think, email is not dead. In fact, email newsletters are hotter than ever right now. Just a few days ago, Wired reported “Newsletters are, improbably, in vogue.”  Other examples of this include “For Email Newsletters, a Death Greatly Exaggerated” from the New York Times and “The Triumphant Return of the Email Newsletter” from Harvard Business Review. Continue reading "How Publishers Can Drive Traffic with Email Newsletters"

This.cm wants to deliver the only links you’ll really read each evening

I’m signed up for every newsletter imaginable, from New York Times briefings to Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter to a newsletter targeted at teens to public media training newsletters to our own here at Nieman Lab (shameless plug: we have two options). I make it through a handful in the morning but can barely stomach more. The share-one-link-per-day company This.cm, which opened to all users last year after a period of invite-only incubation that left thousands of people clamoring for an invitation, is refining further its nightly email offering to stem the Internet firehose. ThisCM-newsletter-screenshot Now the evening email delivered to This.cm users who have registered and are “following” other users — whether favorite writers or publications — will highlight links to stories shared by the people/publications users follow. At the moment, these are the most recent things shared in a user’s network that day, though according to Continue reading "This.cm wants to deliver the only links you’ll really read each evening"

Nuzzel rolls out automated newsletters to reach people who aren’t superusers of Twitter

Nuzzel’s a tool for curating links from your own social media feeds. Now it wants to let you use that curation to make your own publishing and promotion platform. As CEO Jonathan Abrams told our Joseph Lichterman in a Q&A last month: “We think we can do a better job of letting people who don’t necessarily know how to use Twitter use Nuzzel by consuming feeds that other people have created.” The social curation app just added a new newsletter feature that allows anyone to subscribe to a daily email made up of the top five stories from a Nuzzel user’s feed. The newsletter is automatically generated, and subscribers can select the time of day when they want to receive the email. Here, for instance, is what the top of a newsletter of Marc Andreesen of Andreesen Horowitz (a Nuzzel backer) might look like: newsletter_example_andreessen Nuzzel users can choose to
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Nuzzel, with a new batch of news-savvy investors, wants to bring social curation to publishers

If you live in certain media and technology circles, there’s a very good chance you’re already using Nuzzel. It’s an app that combs through your Twitter or Facebook feeds, identifying the links being shared the most by your friends. (It’s a lot like our own Fuego, which does the same for future-of-news news with a slightly different methodology.) It’s a very efficient way to use the curation you’ve already done of your Twitter followers to curate news. It’s not limited to topics. It could be all the people who work at BuzzFeed or The New York Times, but topical ones work too. And when we built feeds like this, sometimes it surfaced content from niche vertical blogs that are not necessarily mainstream, but often, mainstream content was also surfaced. We quickly realized that every day The New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, CNN, Washington Post, Wall Street Continue reading "Nuzzel, with a new batch of news-savvy investors, wants to bring social curation to publishers"