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Geekbook 1.11 | An Internet and Online Media Zeitgeist

Welcome to Geekbook —  Capturing the daily buzz in social media and online marketing & design, as well as trends, news, and cultural topics that are helping shape and inform today’s readers. Send comments or ideas to [email protected]. Subscribe here to receive Geekbook via e-mail.

@PBSMediaShift We use our phones and our tablets differently, so shouldn’t news design reflect that?

Today — Big staffing changes loom at the New York Times, how the Times plans to save the banner ad, interesting Facebook news, Kate Middleton’s curious new portrait, something to make you smile, and more. Have a great weekend!

  • Newsfeed: Major shakeout looms for top New York Times reporters and editors. – New York Magazine
  • Advertising: The New York Times’ plan to save the banner ad. It wants to reinvent it by giving it a heavy dose of the same tech savvy behind its recent pathbreaking interactive feature, “Snow Fall.” – DigiDay
  • Facebook Buzz: Facebook is testing a new feature that would allow fans to send messages to anyone for $100. Based on the feedback today, it’ll be interesting to see how far this test goes. – Slash Gear
  • Design: Rethinking Mobile News Design: Speed for Phones; ‘Lean Back’ for Tablets. Brian Moritz looks at the different ways we read news on our devices and how that should play into news organizations’ app designs. – PBS MediaShift
  • Toolbox: Understanding the difference between Facebook Sponsored Stories, Page Post Ads, Promoted Posts and Marketplace Ads. – Inside Facebook
  • People Are Asking: Does anyone like Kate Middleton’s new portrait? – The Atlantic
  • Feel Good Web: Maryland Eighth Grader, Heaves Amazing Backward Basketball Buzzer-Beater (VIDEO). – Huffington Post

 “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” –Thomas Jefferson

Geekbook is produced by Jeff Howland, Online Media Strategist at Dream Local Digital.

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