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Mark Jones
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Reuters News journalist, family man and wannabe illustrator living in SW London
Reuters News journalist, family man and wannabe illustrator living in SW London

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My take on what's happening in the world of social networks (with some reflections on the history of media and communications.)

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I've been thinking about this for some time but a spate of recent articles finally prompted me to set down my thoughts on why email newsletters are getting better and more popular:  
1. Younger people don't think of email as being a pain but as a useful service
2. Engagement data tells the new news and social network providers that email really works
3. The pioneers behind the new services know from their own experience that most people are more engaged with their inboxes than their social streams
4. Newsletters help to deal with that fear of being overwhelmed by information

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10 surprises from the Reuters Digital News Report
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has released an international study that asks news consumers about their habits and has come up with some surprising findings on preferences towards mobile, social, and journalistic style.

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George Monbiot says journalists could boost their credibility if they were voluntarily to publish details of their financial interests. He starts the ball rolling by revealing on his website that he gets £62,000 a year for his weekly column in the Guardian, has a couple of lodgers but no investments apart from a savings account. Sounds like a good idea but somehow just can't see this catching on.

The number of people who've added me to circles has doubled since the weekend. All I've done is +1 an infographic on Chinese tweeting, which then got a single +1. Puzzled by what is going on here.

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Hadn't realised just how popular micro-blogging was in China where Olympic hurdler Llu Xiang has more followers on tencent than Lady Gaga has on Twitter.

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Chilling account of how Times journalist Joanna Geary tracked down a US serviceman's entire family via a random tweet. Has the time come for social media literacy to be made a formal part of education and vocational training?

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The desperate plight of dopamine-crazed social media addicts destined never to be satisfied by their networks. Anyone else recognise the symptoms?

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If you tweet as part of your job does your employer own your Twitter account? Question arises following the departure of Laura Kuenssberg from BBC to ITN taking her 60,000 Twitter followers with her.
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