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I just threw together another roundup of the latest in Norway. This is what I'm calling a Tumbl-zine, but I'm up for changing the name in case you guys have any ideas.
Tumbl-zine: Norway Attacks After the success of our recent piece on Rupert Murdoch, we felt that we would try this again with breaking news. We don’t have a good name for this idea yet, so for now...
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Very nice treatment on a horrific story. Can't imagine it was fun having to stare at that creep while cropping that headshot.
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TERRIBLE.
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Borders is closing. Our heart breaks. Thousands of jobs gone. Terrible news.
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Borders Group reported today that, in accordance with the terms of...ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Borders Group reported today that, ...
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Thoughts would be appreciated and loved. :)
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Hey all. We've noticed this evening, while covering the latest aftershock in Japan, a somewhat negative side effect of breaking news on Tumblr, and we wanted to get your thoughts on it.

What the problem is: Tumblr has a reblogging feature that gives it its strength, spreads material, and ultimately it makes the service what it is. However, it has a negative side effect which is very important to note. If, say, a story updates dynamically, as the Japan earthquake did, there's no way to tell people reblogging reblogs, hey, this wasn't as bad as it could've been.
What we might do: One thing that the blog has done on Tumblr since its original move there is have a short template at the bottom of each post which links to the original post and includes a quick follow link. It doesn't show up on the site itself, but it shows up in the Tumblr Dashboard and on reblogs. One suggestion we're considering: We might update our templates so that they link to key tags, as a way to continue reading related topics to a story, so if you haven't been following the situation in Wisconsin, our reblogged post will have a link back to our coverage in Wisconsin, so if you're checking in a few weeks later, you'll find it.
Any other ideas? We think that giving people the best information possible, even as the news updates dynamically, is important, and if you guys have any suggestions to help us on our mission, we're all ears. Let us know what you think.

- Ernie @ SFB
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Yes, slowing down is definitely not an option with Tumblr news posting. That usually means missing out, and would certainly defeat the notion of breaking news.

A lot of times on my posts, with topics that I've done a lot of regular coverage of, or intend to do more coverage of in the future, at the bottom of the post, I'll link to a unique tag on my page that I've designed for all of those posts with a "Read more on this at The Political Notebook" line or something like that. It seems to work out fairly well for me. I notice that always gives the other posts in the tag more traffic, too.
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Multiple sources are confirming the death of Betty Ford, first lady of president Gerald R. Ford.
“Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California, has died at the age of 93, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford...”
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The Journal turns 122 today. Front page of the very first issue on July 8, 1889: http://on.wsj.com/mYCpjs
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Detroit Free Press turned 180 this past May 5... I love a good Cinco de Mayo aniversario :)
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Still trying to figure out Plus. It seems worthy of my time but I wish I had a second invite to try it with ShortFormBlog. :/
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She's dead, jim. Tell your friends if they were following the ShortFormBlog Staff account to please make their way over here, as this account has been suspended. I'll do similar types of posts here.

Other staffers on Google+ include +Seth Millstein +Chris Tognotti and honorary staffer +Matthew Keys .
It finally happened. Google+ killed our official account. This is what it looks like to have a dead account. To make up for this, follow me over here. I’ll do the same type of posting as our mascot......
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Shameless self-promotion: Check out my rebooted personal Tumblr … something of a portfolio/nerdcave hybrid.
Link: Halloween movie cover. Who says type can't be done really freaking well? “[ShortFormBlog] basically does a better job of what the Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet set out to do.” Tumblr's M...
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More on Betty Ford's sizable legacy. She was a very progressive first lady for her day.
Progressive legacy: Three small ways Betty Ford changed the world A year ago, I found myself at the Gerald R. Ford presidential museum in Grand Rapids. Now, I probably didn’t agree with Ford’s...
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Gorillas. Bananas. This story has it all.
Gorilla vs. Banana: Guess who won. (Hint: Someone slipped.) This is the best story ever. And it involves a guy in a gorilla costume getting tackled by another guy in a banana costume. And a 911 call.....
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Number of articles I've written about hot dogs: One.
My first-ever article for The Daily: You may not... - ShortFormBlog - Read a little. Learn a lot. We post short quips, numbers, quotes and blurbs about the day's news. It's pretty sweet.
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Interesting.
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Officially living in an alternate reality where Tom gives big ups to Google+. Meanwhile, people are getting laid off left and right at MySpace.
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Google+ seems like a "reaction" to Twitter/Facebook. But are you starting to see the ways that Google+ just makes Google a better, more integrated set of services? Google already has top-notch products in key categories--photos, videos, office productivity, blogs, Chrome, Android, maps and (duh) search. Can you start to see/imagine what Google+ does for Gmail? Picassa? Youtube? Not to mention search? The +1 system that Google now has control of (unlike Facebook Likes) can really influence and change the nature of their search.

My original vision for MS was that everything got better when it was social--so I tried to build all the super popular things used on the web (blogs, music, classifieds, events, photos) on top of MySpace's social layer. When Yahoo launched 360, MSN launched Spaces, and Google launched Okrut, I was shakin in my boots. But quickly I saw that it's really hard to layer in social to features after the fact. At MySpace we had the luxury of having social first, and building the products on top of that layer. Then I choked and Facebook realized that vision. ;-)

But Google+ really seems to be primed to make good on that original premise--that everything gets better when its social. And unlike FB, Twitter, or anyone else, Google already has the most advanced set of products. And if I can clearly see where this is headed, then I think what we are getting is a much better Google. Does that kill FB/Twitter? Who cares? I'd use all 3, but more importantly, I'll be using Google products I never used, or use them in new, better ways I never used them before.

Oh yah and I love my Google TV :)
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Agreed! Schadenfreude is the only way succinct way to describe what is happening.
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Newspaper designer, blogger, writer, journalist, graphic designer
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  • Washington Post Company
    News Designer, Express, 2009 - present
  • ShortFormBlog
    Blogger, 2009 - present
  • Landmark/The Virginian-Pilot
    News Designer, Link, 2006 - 2008
  • Morris/Bluffton Today
    News Designer, 2005 - 2006
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Temporary News Designer, 2004 - 2005
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  • one I'm a journalist guy who has worked at and written for a bunch of cool places, including the Washington Post Express
  • two I also blog, too; ever read a site on Tumblr called ShortFormBlog? If so, you've peered into my journalistic soul; weird, eh?
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Kinda famous on Tumblr, have freelanced for AOL News & The Daily, SND award-winner
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  • Michigan State University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Bridgeport High School
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