Social Bookmarking Supercharges Traffic

first_imgAlmost everyone covers their bases by including a button from ShareThis or AddThis. Both services aggregate the literally dozens of other bookmarking sites, from IceRocket to Propeller to Simpy, making it easy for users to share your content. AddThis and ShareThis are both less than two years old and each has over 20 million users. My take is that there is still tremendous growth here forpublishers as Web users coalesce around half a dozen winners in this space. Managingyour relationships with the bookmarkers (plus what site real estate you bet onwhom) will determine how much of that growth you capture. Among new entrants, the Digg-like Yahoo! Buzz seems to have the most traction. Launched in late February, Yahoo! has been reaching out to traditional publishers, enticing them with the traffic firehose of the Yahoo! home page. The Buzz button now resides in the #1 spot on the article page templates of many Time, Hearst and Conde sites. Yahoo! claims to have delivered over 16 million page views to publishers in its first two weeks of operations. Magazine Web site traffic (up 12 percent in Q1according to the MPA) continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise roughyear for publishers. Magazine sites aregetting savvier about blogs, videoand user-generated content (especiallyrecipes).In the last six months, however, the biggest traffic drivershere at Discover have been Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and a host of other socialbookmarking or sharing sites. A typically brief and unscientific survey of the big magazinesites reveals some interesting social bookmarking trends:The early movers (circa 2003-2006) still hold the top spots most places. Links to Digg, Reddit (now owned by CondeNet), del.icio.us, Facebook and StumbleUpon live in the top navigation bars at sites like SI, People, Wired, New Yorker, Reader’s Digest and Esquire. last_img read more

The Mandalorian trailer New Star Wars show hits Disney Plus Nov 12

first_img 2 Oh boy! Oh boy!! #Mandalorian https://t.co/Du2yV4Jv9g— Collingwood Jays 🇨🇦 (@CollingwoodJays) August 24, 2019 On Saturday, Favreau came on stage to give fans a first look: Whether you like the original or the prequels, “we’ve got something for everyone,” he said. Favreau previously revealed that the series would be set seven years after Return of the Jedi (so 23 years before The Force Awakens). At D23, the writer-director said the time period appealed to him because there’s no government, no law, and the world just degrades. What would it be like to be a bounty hunter during that period of lawlessness?  WOWThe Mandalorian looks as good as a Feature length Filmhttps://t.co/SGZB4cPs9e— Jamie Moran (@JamieMoranUK) August 24, 2019 Tags Carl Weathers plays Greef Carga, a man who’s hired the Mandalorian for a job.”He’s kinda the head of this guild of bounty hunters,” Weathers said of his character during Star Wars Celebration, according to CNET’s Sean Keane. “The Mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done.”The Mandalorian also stars Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing, plus Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow and Werner Herzog in unnamed roles, and the voice acting talents of Taika Waititi.The reaction to the new trailer was almost unanimously positive.  Star Wars: The Mandalorian is set to be the first Disney Plus original series to debut, and it has been a prime feature of the D23 Expo this weekend. The series stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian, and was written by Jon Favreau, who is also executive producer along with Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. All three shed light on how the production came to be, in addition to premiering the first official trailer for the upcoming Disney Plus show.  New details and footage were revealed Friday ahead of the Nov. 12 launch, and Disney teased us with a poster earlier in the day. Droid voice @TaikaWaititi says it’s VERY important to him to have droid representation on film in @themandalorian 😬 #StarWars pic.twitter.com/SEYIzluwoV— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 Disney Plus Disney Star Wars That MANDALORIAN TRAILER HAS ME SHOOK 🔥 pic.twitter.com/3yqO4yeOtS— Admiral Jackbar (Geeky Gator) (@The_GeekyGator) August 24, 2019 And that reaction is understandable. The spaghetti western tone is evident even in the trailer, and when you close with Werner Herzog in full Grizzly Man voiceover mode, it’s hard to hold back the shivers. If this trailer is anything to go by, we could be in for something pretty cool with The Mandalorian.The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and ComicBook.com. TV and Movies #TheMandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series, only on #DisneyPlus. Start streaming November 12. @TheMandalorian pic.twitter.com/Dxum2bZDCa— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 23, 2019 Speaking at Star Wars Celebration back in April, Pascal gave the lowdown on his gray-area bounty hunter. “He’s got a lot of Clint Eastwood in him,” the actor said, adding that he watched Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa movies to prepare. 50 Photos Comments Share your voice 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Yo I am beyond pumped for this. Mandalorian lore is (imo) some of the best Star Wars lore, I cannot wait to see this https://t.co/dv5S1zFDTw— Connor “The Wizard” MacDonald (@SamuraiCorndog) August 24, 2019last_img read more

US deputy attorney general Republican lawmakers launch move to impeach

first_imgDeputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein announces grand jury indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers in special counsel Robert Mueller`s Russia investigation as he appears with Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O’Callaghan during a news conference at the justice department in Washington, DC, US, 13 July 2018. Photo: ReutersA group of Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment to remove deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein, escalating a fight over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.Representatives Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, who belong to the conservative House Freedom Caucus, joined nine other House members in accusing Rosenstein of hiding investigative information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and other alleged misconduct.Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the justice department, has become a frequent punching bag for supporters of President Donald Trump for appointing Mueller to investigate whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The president has denied such collusion took place.“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress,” Jordan said, referring to the Department of Justice. “Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’s constitutional oversight role.”A justice department official said the agency had no comment.Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said on Twitter the articles of impeachment “were filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump.”The House is scheduled to leave on Thursday on a recess that extends until the first week of September.A House Republican aide said the two lawmakers were not attempting to force quick action on the articles of impeachment.Republicans in the House have been discussing possible impeachment action against Rosenstein for some time.Rosenstein was appointed by Trump, but the Republican president has repeatedly criticized him on Twitter for his oversight of the Russia probe, which he calls a witch hunt.For Rosenstein to be removed from office, a majority of the House must vote for the articles of impeachment and then the Senate must convict him on a two-thirds vote. Republicans control both chambers but have only a 51-49 edge in the Senate.last_img

US gay mayor to launch presidential bid

first_imgSouth Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a meet-and-greet at Madhouse Coffee on 8 April in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo:AFPPete Buttigieg, the gay, liberal mayor of a small American city in the conservative bastion of Indiana, was expected to officially launch his presidential bid Sunday, joining a crowded field of Democrats vying for their party’s nomination in 2020.The 37-year-old Rhodes scholar and Afghanistan war veteran is the two-term mayor of his hometown of South Bend — a left-leaning bubble in America’s so-called “Rust Belt” region, where the decline of industries such as steel and automobile manufacturing has hurt local economies.Voters in states such as Michigan and Wisconsin helped hand Republican US President Donald Trump his victory in the 2016 election.Buttigieg, who is credited with helping turn South Bend around, has couched himself as a can-do reformer who can speak to voters across the political spectrum.”Here you have this moment, probably the only moment in American history, where it just might make sense for somebody my age, coming from experience in the industrial Midwest, non-federal, different background, bringing something that will actually help Americans,” Buttigieg told NBC’s “Meet The Press” last weekend.Buttigieg was expected to officially launch his candidacy Sunday afternoon in South Bend, giving his already surprisingly strong campaign an additional boost.In the three months since he declared an exploratory committee to test a presidential run, he has gone from relative obscurity to drawing large crowds at campaign stops.He has raised $7 million dollars, more than most other candidates, and jumped to third place in the latest polls of voters in Iowa and New Hampshire — the earliest states to vote in next year’s primary elections.Buttigieg versus PenceThe popular mayor who speaks eight languages and plays classical piano has been the focus of countless news stories and profiles.The fascination has been in no small part due to his background: he would be the youngest, first openly gay, first millennial, and first mayor to become president.He has had headline-grabbing moments, the most recent being his faith-based challenge of Vice President Mike Pence’s views on same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.Former Indiana governor Pence, a religious conservative, infamously supported a 2015 law that was widely interpreted as codifying discrimination against LGBT people. It was quickly changed after nationwide outrage.”Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if being gay was a choice, it was a choice made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said in a 7 April speech.”And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand, that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”It was a soundbite-ready moment — like several others he has enjoyed — that replayed throughout the week in American media.Destined for national politicsButtigieg’s Sunday launch event was scheduled to take place at an expansive South Bend building that once housed an assembly plant for defunct auto manufacturer Studebaker.The plant’s closure in 1963 still reverberated in the city in 2011 when he was elected mayor. He set out to tear down decaying, abandoned homes and restore the blighted Studebaker complex to make it suitable for new high-tech companies.In an unlikely feat, the city has reversed decades of population decline and attracted new businesses and development, with the mayor’s popularity growing in the process.”His appeal, for many people in South Bend, is his ability to look forward and to focus on better days ahead,” South Bend-based political science professor Elizabeth Bennion of Indiana University told AFP.”Once people looked at his resume and heard him speak, many started talking about the fact that he was destined for national politics.”last_img read more

Houstons Michaela Abam Says Playing In The World Cup Was Eye Opening

first_img 00:00 /07:02 Share Houston native Michaela Abam played in the recently concluded FIFA Women’s World Cup for her parents’ native country of Cameroon.Abam was born and raised here in Houston and plays forward. She picked up the game watching her siblings play, and she competed in leagues around the city before playing collegiately for West Virginia University.West Virginia AthleticsHouston native Michaela Abam played collegiately for West Virginia University.Then, she played professionally in both the U.S. and abroad, and, most recently, she just completed a stint with the French club team Paris FC.And so while playing in France, where the World Cup was held, was nothing new to her, she tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the level of play at the World Cup was “eye-opening.”In the audio above, Abam tells him about her experience in the tournament and how it will affect her game going forward. X center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Michel Spingler/APHouston native Michaela Abam (right) playing for her parents’ home country of Cameroon against the Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup.last_img read more

Baltimore Mayor Signs Bill Naming Park Fountain After Famed Black Heart Surgeon

first_imgThough born in Parsons, Kansas, Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. is remembered for his pioneering work in cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. In remembrance of his life and work, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently signed a bill naming a fountain in Patterson Park after him.Watkins died earlier this year from complications of a heart attack and a stroke at the age of 70.Watkins was also a civil rights activist, participating in the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama in 1955. He was even a part-time driver for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was his family’s pastor. After graduating from Tennessee State University, he was rejected by the University of Alabama School of Medicine because he was Black. He applied to and was accepted at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and became the first Black person to receive a medical degree from that university.Watkins began his medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1971 and became the school’s first Black chief resident in cardiac surgery. He spent two years at Harvard Medical School starting in 1973, where his research helped pave the way for treating congestive heart failure with angiotensin blockers. In 1980 he became the first surgeon to successfully implant an automatic heart defibrillator in a human patient.Watkins also worked to ensure that other Blacks attended Hopkins by joining the admissions committee in 1979. His work on that committee is credited with drastically increasing the number of Blacks at the institution. A total of 121 students graduated while he was on the committee, 14 of whom were Black; an increase of 400 percent from earlier numbers, according to the university.Watkins was a supporter of Patterson Park and co-founded the Wine-Tasting at Sunset Fundraiser for the park. The fountain, which will be named the Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Memorial Fountain, is located at the entrance of park at Patterson Park Avenue and Lombard Street.“Dr. Watkins’ life of service and distinction deserves honor and recognition,” Ernest W. Burkeen Jr., director of the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks, wrote to the City Council in support of the change.last_img read more

Universal basic income experiment made people happier but not more likely to

first_img Europeans receptive to new welfare policy ideas Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi/bi … quence=1&isAllowed=y Explore further Citation: Universal basic income experiment made people happier but not more likely to get a job (2019, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-universal-basic-income-people-happier.html The experiment carried out by the government tested the idea of a concept called universal basic income (UBI), which guarantees participants a certain basic standard of living via direct cash transfer. The standard of living guaranteed includes reasonably nice housing, sufficient food, proper health care, and a means for engaging with the surrounding community. UBI is an idea that has been kicked around and tested before, but thus far, findings have produced mixed results. In this new experiment, the Finnish government randomly chose 2,000 people who were receiving unemployment benefits and offered them a roughly equal sum without the attendant job search requirements. Normally, there are also restrictions on how the money can be used. Subjects in the experiment were given free rein—they could live on the dole with no worries, and they would keep receiving their money even if they got a job. The experiment lasted from the beginning of January in 2017 until the end of December 2018. The results of the experiment have been widely anticipated as polls show that most people believe UBI would make people less interested in finding a job.The government asked the volunteers how they were doing during the experiment via questionnaire. Over half reported that their heath was either good or very good. In contrast, just 46 percent of a control group said the same. The UBI participants also scored higher when reporting trust levels in the government and when asked about their future outlook. In general, the FSII report concluded that overall welfare for those participating in the UBI experiment was higher than for the control group. But there was also a downside. Unemployment for those in the UBI experiment remained at basically the same levels as for the control group. © 2019 Science X Network Finland’s Social Insurance Institution (FSII) has published the results of an income experiment it carried out for two years to learn more about ways to reduce unemployment. They report that their experiment showed that giving unemployed people a no-strings-attached guaranteed income instead of an unemployment allowance made them happier and less stressed—but it did not make them any more or less likely to get a job. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Document surfaces outlining Pietersens misbehavior

first_imgKevin Pietersen’s monopoly of the airwaves and printed media regarding his claims of bullying in the England cricket team’s dressingroom ended abruptly on Tuesday with the leaking of an email outlining his poor behaviour on last year’s disastrous Ashes series in Australia.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) insisted the email website Cricinfo had received was not the official dossier compiled by former coach Andy Flower, who has like many others not escaped the wrath of Pietersen in his book. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaThe ECB said it was an internal email draft drawn up by their lawyers — marked strictly privileged and confidential.Neverthless it will not make pleasant reading for the South African-born batsman but will delight those who like former England spinner Graeme Swann and wicketkeeper Matt Prior have been lambasted by Pietersen.However, Pietersen brushed off the email’s contents which included captain Alastair Cook’s first name being misspelt in one instance.last_img read more