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Aram Zucker-Scharff

Aram Zucker-Scharff

Blogger, narrative and convergence explorer, and transmedia advocate. Also: web designer/developer, manager, and cool guy.
Re: Some news orgs are killing comments, but not just because their commenters are terrible at being humans - http://www.niemanlab.org/2014...
""best to have one single thing that you’re asking your user to do. If that thing is 'share this on social media,' a comment box can be a distraction." Unless you let them send their comments to social media platforms when they comment." - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Re: ‘Ready to Eat’ Academic Infrastructure - http://chronicle.com/blogs...
"I'm a big fan of Bitnami's open server images for this sort of thing. They have AMIs but also their own cloud system and compatibility with other systems. The packages can be installed pretty much anywhere and as a bonus they are set up to allow for local servers, which is nice when you are developing and testing a project. They don't have all the awesome academic tools that Academic AMIs seems to have though." - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Re: Hacking in the newsroom? What journalists should know about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act - http://www.niemanlab.org/2014...
"IT folks have known basically since its formation that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a mess. It was rushed into service as a reactionary measure to combat crimes whose province and actions were unclear by legislators with little to no knowledge of the mechanics of the actual crimes. Many companies use it as a blunt instrument and because using the internet (or even a cellphone these days) pretty much guarantees you will be passing through computers in other states, it's a great way for prosecutors to jump up state crimes to the federal level. Like most of the US's computer-focused laws, it is a mess." - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Re: The plague of uniform rectangles with text overlays spreads further, risks becoming news-web-wide contagion - http://www.niemanlab.org/2014...
"Haha. I think that it's more that everyone in journalism and academia uses Apple products whenever possible. (At any given journalism event there's a 50/50 chance I'm the only one in attendance with a PC.) Win8's sales haven't been spectacular, but it is doing ok. I'm a pretty big fan of Win8 because of how that design both accommodates various screen formats and applies a significant level of information density without being overwhelming. I'm not sure that all of these journalism outlets' designs fulfill the 'not overwhelming' part of the equation." - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Re: The plague of uniform rectangles with text overlays spreads further, risks becoming news-web-wide contagion - http://www.niemanlab.org/2014...
"It's also pretty much the entire design metaphor behind Windows 8's look, a good argument for it being done to make responsiveness easy and smooth." - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Re: Are publishers overselling social traffic at the expense of search? A dialogue with Danny Sullivan - http://www.niemanlab.org/2014...
"Like I said above, optimizing for social is just another type of gaming the system, and the results aren't necessarily good: "We've found effectively no correlation between social shares and people actually reading." http://www.theverge.com/2014/2..." - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Re: Are publishers overselling social traffic at the expense of search? A dialogue with Danny Sullivan - http://www.niemanlab.org/2014...
"I think professional journalists can totally learn new styles and adapt to the type of coherency that works better on the web than in print. Things like headings, basic HTML techniques, basic SEO stuff, all that can make it more readable, better for users." - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Re: Are publishers overselling social traffic at the expense of search? A dialogue with Danny Sullivan - http://www.niemanlab.org/2014...
"Great article, here's the thing: SEO training need not be boring. Having run what I think, hope and have been told is interesting and amusing SEO training sessions, the trick for training journalists in SEO is understanding that journalists (if they're any good) are about one thing: telling good stories to as many humans as possible. Any SEO training should therefore be about that, how to write on the internet so that more people read your story and can understand what you're talking about. That's good SEO, storytelling and journalism and it is what journalists understand and want. No one wants to learn how to write better for machines. The same is really true when it comes to optimizing for social, successful stories are about writing well for humans in the context of each platform (different headlines or sharelines per-platform are a good reflection of this). The exception is when they're gaming the system, in which case the heavier optimized stories you see are usually just as much..." - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Re: First Look Media publishes its first stories - http://www.niemanlab.org/2014...
"Looks like the site is plagued with 503s right now. Either they were very badly prepared for high traffic or traffic is off-the-charts higher than they expected. I can't read the journalism right now, though the design of the site is somewhat uninspiring. The people on board give me high hopes for FLM. Hopefully they're proven out." - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Re: The New York Times’ R&D Lab is building a quantified-self, semantic-analysis tool to track web browsing - http://www.niemanlab.org/2014...
"Sounds like a very cool tool to me. Sort of like a more active StumbleUpon. As for sharing browser tabs, if you use OneTab, you can just compress your tabs at the end of the day and share them, it's pretty cool." - Aram Zucker-Scharff
The Hero With a Thousand Faces - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Pump Six and Other Stories - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Thinking with Type: A Primer for Designers: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Build Your Own Wicked Wordpress Themes - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
FreakAngels, Volume 3 (FreakAngels, #3) - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
FreakAngels, Volume 2 (FreakAngels, #2) - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Freakangels, Volume 1 (FreakAngels, #1) - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Planetary, Vol. 4: Spacetime Archaeology - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
The Authority, Vol. 2: Under New Management - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
The Authority, Vol. 1: Relentless - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Planetary, Vol. 3: Leaving the 20th Century - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Planetary, Vol. 2: The Fourth Man - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 10: One More Time (Transmetropolitan, #10) - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 9: The Cure (Transmetropolitan, #9) - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 8: Dirge (Transmetropolitan, #8) - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 7: Spider's Thrash (Transmetropolitan, #7) - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City (Transmetropolitan, #5) - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 6: Gouge Away (Transmetropolitan, #6) - http://www.goodreads.com/review...
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