Today the beta version of DC-based journalism startup NewsiT is launching its first major news assignment, and is seeking volunteers to sign up and help them prove that it is possible and viable to create ‘crowd-sourced’ news of quality and impact using community contributions. NewsiT is a mobile social network for people who want to create and share news that’s meaningful, trustworthy and riveting.
“NewsiT believes people want their news portable, personalized and participatory. Our mission is to ‘reinvent’ news content creation by engaging citizens as mobile reporters all collaborating via social networks to produce multimedia coverage of relevance, quality and value.” Read more
Has everyone seen the new “You’ve Signed Out of Twitter” Page that greets you when you log out of your Twitter account on Twitter.com? I saw it for the first time today and it definitely got my attention. At first glance I thought it was an ad; I thought Twitter was selling space on their “Logged Out” landing page. But I quickly realized it is a bid to get users who access the service through Twitter.com to use an official Twitter portal when accessing the site from a mobile device (as opposed to a third party app like Tweetdeck). Read more
Tech Cocktail’s DC Winter Mixer took place last night in Adams Morgan at the hip and open Slaviya in Washington, DC. Tech Cocktail has been hosting mixer events and writing about technology start-ups and entrepreneurs across the country since 2006. Tech Cocktail is a media company focused on better connecting, educating and amplifying the start-up technology community and showcasing the latest tech innovations. They are aimed at helping build and strengthen local tech start-up communities both online and off. Read more
Bryan Eisenberg, Managing Partner at Eisenberg Holding was the second presenter at yesterday’s “What’s Next DC – Your Marketing Communications Roadmap” Conference. He held the one of two 45 minute time slots with “The Future Shopper, How Offline is the New Online”. It was a great presentation on how the convergence of communications, logistics, and financial technology continues to evolve to reduce the friction in the customers’ buying process. Read more
I have been closely watching the news and sentiment surrounding the launch of Facebook Places over the last two days. Like most new Facebook announcements, it has been greeted with dislike, distrust, and much harumphing and discussion in the user community. Read more