The Perfect Local Media Company in 2014: A Composite Sketch

Such is the title of the presentation I put together for the Lab portion of the Local Social Summit ’09 happening tomorrow at the [praized subtype=”small” pid=”5af504ca5d02026b527046262985199a” type=”badge” dynamic=”true”] in London. My objective is to engage a discussion around future key social user features we’ll find in every local media site within five years. The predicted features are:

  1. Activity Streams
  2. Identity System & Social Graph
  3. Status Updates & Real-Time Conversations
  4. User Content
  5. Trends & Top Lists
  6. Geo-Localisation & Hyperlocal/Neighborhood
  7. Questions & Answers
  8. Distributed Content, Features & Business Model (API, RSS)
  9. E-mail
  10. Reward Systems
  11. Check-in
  12. Sharing and Short-form URLs
  13. Community managers

I’m looking forward the ensuing conversation with the attendees to build together an event better portrait of that vision of the future. You can find the presentation on the Locial Social Summit blog.


4 thoughts on “The Perfect Local Media Company in 2014: A Composite Sketch

  1. Sebastien –

    I am glad I was able to review your presentation, which I only found because of social networking.

    And, I enjoyed our Twitter exchange.

    I agree with your direction, particularly how mobile will drive changes in behavior and need for information in the future.

    As noted in the Twitter stream, I think both news and commercial information has to begin with the essential elements, or “atoms”:

    We have to start with the creation of the “elements” in the first instance. By starting with each source, quote, factual statement, picture, graphic, audio clip or video clip as an isolated element, or “tweet”, properly tagged with automatic tagging engines, those elements can be packaged or searched directly, allowing the most transparent view of local information. Sometimes that could be done by reporting on scheduled events by live blogging, using Twitter tweets for participant comments, with the resulting “record” time stamped. All audio and video clips could also be tagged to the time, place, event and people. From those elements, packaged stories could be written, but any reader could go “through” the story to the original elements.


    Does this seem essential from your view?


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