Newsday says this is insignificant because they approach their Website as a value add for print subscribers, but newspapers like the New York Times that are planning paywalls of their own have surely taken notice.
A "geek culture" site published by former MSNBC journo Dan Abrams. The site itself was designed by Rex Sorgatz (of Fimoculous and Gawker comments fame). It earns points from me right away by linking to MetaFilter in its blog roll.
ICQ came back today. At first I thought it was maybe this was part of a promotion for a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Blu-ray
boxed set but no, it's actually ICQ. It couldn't have come on a better
day for me because my back hurt a bit and when I woke up I
had been wondering whether Toad the Wet Sprocket had ever put out a
greatest hits record. Might as well completely re-immerse myself in the
1990s and dig my ICQ number out of an old webmail account. I always loved the concept of an ICQ number.Mirabalis, ICQ's developers once hoped that your 8-digit long ICQ number would be become as important as your home phone number. This edition appears to dispense with numbers and what not which thwarts the nostalgic impulse that took me to the download page in the first place but is probably just as well because I stopped memorizing my phone numbers two phones ago.
ICQ, I'm told, is still quite popular in Russia and Eastern Europe
where the images on the official Website suggest it is the IM client of choice for girls to announce shoe purchases. This new iteration isn't just for IMs, it also updates
Twitter and your Facebook status..
ICQ asked me to close Firefox, which I trustingly did, only to find upon
re-starting my browser that ICQ had installed a toolbar and changed my
default search engine to the ostensibly useful ICQ Search. ICQ is so
committed to helping you relive the 90s that it installs browser
toolbars without your permission. I can't recall the last time I
uninstalled something so quickly. Then I had a look around my system to
make sure there wasn't a goddamned Bonzi Buddy somewhere.
Leave the 90s back in the 90s.
[I wrote this last week but didn't post it then. I am a man of many mysteries.]
Frank Serpico now lives alone in a one-room cabin two hours north of New York City. Interesting that the Times headline isn't "Police Officer Who Confronted Corruption", but rather "Police Officer Played by Al Pacino".
This New Yorker article from October 2009 isn't just an interesting window into Hollywood politics, it's a fascinating illustration of how the Web moves stories and memes and how traditional media outlets interact with and adapt to that flow.
I run UK & EMEA digital strategy for Cohn & Wolfe during the day, and I make iPhone games with Hard Six Games in my spare time. Nothing you read here is the perspective of Cohn & Wolfe or any of its clients. You can email me at fdrizo at gmail dot com.