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Twitter sparklines
"I've been seeing a few mini bar charts (aka sparklines) pop up on Twitter in the past few days. Like this one: [image]

Last year Alex Kerin built an Excel-to-Twitter sparkline generator that uses Unicode block elements for the tiny charts and now media outlets like the WSJ are using it to publish data to Twitter: [images]

Anil Dash has a nice post on how the WSJ came to use Kerin's idea. Here are a few more favorites "sparktweets" (1, 2, 3, 4, 5): [images]"
information  visualization  sparklines  edwardtufte  kottke  twitter  data  wsj  tools 
may 2011 by robertogreco
News Sites Rethink Anonymous Online Comments -
"When news sites, after years of hanging back, embraced the idea of allowing readers to post comments, the near-universal assumption was that anyone could weigh in and remain anonymous. But now, that idea is under attack from several directions, and journalists, more than ever, are questioning whether anonymity should be a given on news sites.

The Washington Post plans to revise its comments policy over the next several months, and one of the ideas under consideration is to give greater prominence to commenters using real names.

The New York Times, The Post and many other papers have moved in stages toward requiring that people register before posting comments, providing some information about themselves that is not shown onscreen.

The Huffington Post soon will announce changes, including ranking commenters based in part on how well other readers know and trust their writing."
news  web  online  commenting  anonymity  civility  nyimes  wapost  wsj  andrewsullivan  ariannahuffington  huffingtonpost 
april 2010 by robertogreco
The Wall Street Journal's Web site is already (secretly) free - Machinist -
"The system works like this: If you click on a subscriber-only WSJ link from an ordinary Web site -- say, a link that I post here, or a link from within the Journal's own site -- you'll be sent to a limited version of the article, and you'll be asked to l
wsj  googlenews  firefox  paywall  news  media  howto  hacks 
march 2008 by robertogreco

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