A tale of two Twitter accounts

If you are a Twitter user in Bozeman, there is a good chance you have followed an account called [@bznpolicereport](http://www.twitter.com/bznpolicereport). The account posts the infamous Bozeman police reports. Its description: “Funny police reports from Bozeman, Montana. If you like these, take a look at the book” and then provides the URL for [the page to… Continue reading A tale of two Twitter accounts

Wyo. lawmakers looking at necessity of publishing legal notices in newspapers

Lawmakers in Wyoming are looking at whether local governments should still be required to publish legal notices in newspapers or whether they can be published online instead. [The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports](http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2013/03/19/news/19local_03-19-13.txt) that an interim committee will look into the matter as a way for governments to save money. Wyoming press representatives say that publishing… Continue reading Wyo. lawmakers looking at necessity of publishing legal notices in newspapers

More NBC Montana ethics issues

I’m talking local journalism ethics again today, and once again the discussion is prompted by an NBC Montana reporter. And, once again, that reporter is Lauren Maschmedt. This time, it was [Maschmedt’s report](http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Honors-event-to-recognize-achievement-of-Bozeman-women/-/14594602/19372020/-/5i46hg/-/index.html) on a local meeting of the Bozeman Business and Professional Women and its honors program, which gives awards to outstanding women. Guess… Continue reading More NBC Montana ethics issues

NBC Montana reporter inserted into chain of evidence

**Update:** Since originally publishing this post, another link has surfaced to [the full report](http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Missing-Anaconda-woman-s-ID-found-in-Clark-Fork-River/-/14594602/19161704/-/106l8tvz/-/index.html), written by Maschmedt herself. Apparently the Will Wadley story was only a brief waiting for the full report. Indeed, the link to the Wadley verison now takes you to Maschmedt’s story. And what do we learn in the full story? Contrary… Continue reading NBC Montana reporter inserted into chain of evidence

A tweet I must reflect on soon

Hilarious @nbcmontana anchor staring at his phone for updates on air. The age we live in…. #johnsontrial — kyle sample (@kylesample_bdc) March 1, 2013

Most tweeted moment in Montana history?

Today, former UM quarterback Jordan Johnson was acquitted of rape. The trial was followed in detail by a number of live-tweeting accounts, including the Montana Kaimin, the Missoulian and numerous TV stations. The details of the trials ins and outs became regular reading for Montana Twitter users. Here are the last few minutes of the… Continue reading Most tweeted moment in Montana history?

Cheap shots

I suppose I would consider this to be a type of cheating at social media, if there ever was such a thing: posting a question that has nothing to do with your brand or your company in the hopes of spurring conversation. If not “conversation” per se, then at least comments and impressions, right? These… Continue reading Cheap shots

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Autopsy of a dead social network

The MIT Technology Review looks at a digital ‘autopsy’ of Friendster, the grandfather of modern social networks.

Swiss information scientists discovered several factors that led to the collapse of the social network — namely that the benefit to users of the network became less valuable than the time they put into using it. That, combined with users who had small numbers of friends, led to a collapse.

It’s a fascinating summary, plus the MIT write-up has a link to the full study if you’re so inclined.

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State commerce department awards $150,000 in grants for e-marketing efforts

Montana’s Department of Commerce announced Feb. 11 that nine communities around the state are going to split $150,000 intended to help their online marketing. The money comes from the Office of Tourism’s E-Marketing Technology Grant Program, and it will go to Big Sky, Deer Lodge, Gardiner, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula, Terry and Whitefish. Among the larger… Continue reading State commerce department awards $150,000 in grants for e-marketing efforts