Video URLs, Dipity make it easy to create CNN tech timeline

If you bookmark videos from sites like YouTube or Vimeo, you can turn those links into a timeline by simply pasting them into Dipity.

Mark S. Luckie compiled 9 landmark moments in CNN technology. In true 10,000 Words fashion, almost every moment included a video. With my last blog post still fresh in my mind, I immediately wondered how the CNN moments might work as a timeline.

Dipity Edit Event screenDipity made the process easy. I created a new timeline and added a new event for each of the CNN landmarks.

As I created each item, I pasted the address of the corresponding video into the clearly-marked “Video URL” field. I completed each entry by copying and pasting the summaries from Luckie’s original post.

For the few items that didn’t have videos, I simply added the URL of the corresponding images in the post.

Here, with permission from Luckie, is the final product. A visual timeline created by pasting in 9 almighty links:

22 futures of journalism, 2009 timeline

I’ve been running into so many discussions and predictions about the future of journalism that I’ve started bookmarking them with the tag “futureofjournalism.” I did not include the May Senate hearing only because it seemed fairly inconclusive.

From that collection, here is a timeline of 22 articles and blog posts from this year that contain some idea about what journalism will look like in the future. (Click on headings to see the original web pages.)

Update: Dipity makes this process so easy that I have added more events, and plan on throwing more into the mix as I stumble upon relevant links. Maybe this post should be titled “22+ futures of journalism, 2009 timeline”

Roundup: Celebrity and video edition

Here are the most clicked-on links that I shared on Twitter during the week ending July 25. You can receive Weekly Almighty Links as an email or add it to your RSS reader or custom home page.

Jon Gosselin’s Charm Makes Girls Drop Pants, Jobs: Citing a potential conflict of interest, Star magazine senior reporter Kate Major resigned after she “ended up falling for” the subject of a story to which she was assigned.

Brian Solis of FutureWorks & PR 2.0: We’re becoming information curators: Social media public relations expert explains how choosing data to share makes each person an information curator.

Letterman – Kevin Spacey Tweets with Dave: The award-winning actor explains Twitter to Late Show host David Letterman as he sends a tweet from his BlackBerry.

Links provide “reason to believe a report”: A Dave Weinberger post inspired me to build this short list of classic “link journalism” blog posts.

Twitter used more than Facebook to link to popular post

A Mashable post reports that Facebook is used more than email and Twitter for sharing content. But a quick glance at how that post is being shared on FriendFeed reveals a different story. Twitter is the most popular service within a very diverse variety of social media sites — at least as I write this post.

Here are the real-time search that could very well disprove the headline of this post at any time.

Of course the problem with my data is that it only includes links shared by people who use FriendFeed. Luckily,FriendFeed aggregates links shared by its users via Twitter, Delicious and various other social media services.

The Mashable post is based on information from people who use the AddToAny widget to share links. But that widget is far from ubiquitous, so the numbers exclude links shared on many sites, including the 5 most authoritative blogs in the world: Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, Boing Boing and, well, Mashable.

Regarding Twitter, the AddToAny widget works by sending people to So links shared by Twitter users via other Twittre clients are not counted. According to Twitstat, the Twitter web site is used by less than 25% of Twitterers. If we use horrifically bad math and just multiply Twitter’s reported 10.8% share by 4 to make up for the misrepresentation, that would boost its share to over 40%.

I don’t see anything wrong with reporting information from one source, as long as that point is made clear, as it was in the Mashable post. The concern I have is the verbatim tweeting and retweeting of a misleading headline. It reinforces the importance of adding value to retweets.