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What's New Now

Thursday, April 09, 2009 by Dave Winer.

In yesterday's piece about the AP fighting last century's battle, the big story is not that AP has missed the Internet opportunity of the 21st century, it's that everyone has.  Permalink to this paragraph

No one, and I mean no one, has the site that everyone goes to to find out What's New Now.  Permalink to this paragraph

The holy grail is the What's New Now page for everyone.  Permalink to this paragraph

The place we go to find out what's happening in the world.  Permalink to this paragraph

Someone will crack that nut and make the NYT, CNN, Google, Facebook and Twitter look like stepping-stones.  Permalink to this paragraph

My point yesterday was that, in theory, it could be AP. Too small a point. Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named bythesack.gifAdrian Palacios asks if there will really be a single source. "Yes I think at least for a while there will be one What's New Now site that we will "all" use -- in the same sense that everyone got their news in the early 90s from CNN. Of course there were exceptions, but it had the aura of being the place to tune in when something is happening. Nightline played that role in the early 80s. There is nothing now that does that, there's a void. But people still want news. And the Internet has great potential for news that it hasn't lived up to yet. Probably because people who love news and know it best have been scared or shouted down or some combination of both. I think the shouting is about to stop and I think a consensus will emerge. I think AP and CNN and Twitter will all kick themselves for not having focused on this." Permalink to this paragraph


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