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October 31, 2009

Niche editorial more important than ever to counter information overload

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Listening to some people talk, editors are a dying breed because we’re in the age of user-generated, crowdsourced content.

Yet consumers are relying on the human touch to help them find the best information and resources online, according to a number of speakers at the Digital Media Conference in San Francisco earlier this week.

We have access to unprecedented levels of information, but not all of it is useful, and the sheer volume leads to a complete overload of the senses.

What web users increasingly want are specialised sites that either create or aggregate quality content in one place. read more

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March 24, 2009

Zemanta adds Last.fm support

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Zemanta, the third-party blogging service that recently extended its reach to Safari and Chrome users, has announced that its users can now gain access to the Last.fm music database.

Bloggers using the service can now add contextual links to relevant tracks, videos, artist pages and other content stored in the Last.fm database.

Practically, this means that users who write about musicians and bands will gain access to a variety of information including biographies, artist photos and music video pages — and it’s all legal.

This will probably suit music and entertainment bloggers more than others, but others may find it useful to be able to link to this trusted information from time to time without fear of breaking copyright.

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