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As a journalist, I admit to having more than a passing interest in the future of media/publishing. For "next generation" publishing, I currently see two main technical developments...

-wireless connections for ubiquitous Internet, and

-smaller and easier-to-read screens,

...that are bringing two main social changes...

-increased trust/reliance on peer-to-peer communication, and

-a more conversational style of journalism that contrasts with the previous model (that more resembled lecturing).

You can see the changes already having a concrete effect, with U.S. news magazines responding to the Internet -- in part by cutting back their foreign staff and editions.

What other broad forces (social or technical or others) will lead the next generation of publishing?

(I cross-posted this conversation on the International Herald Tribune blog)

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i'm not sure what the future holds for publishing, but here's what we're doing at MAKE (a print magazine).



-sharing our dna, we post our photos in flickr (and anyone can join the MAKE group and do the same). we publish our bookmarks, there are thousands useful ones. we publish our opml file so folks can reader what we're reading each day too. we're ok with sending people away to get the best possible experience with what they want to see and do. if there are "source" files of audio or programs, or anything we share like that, we do.



-rss, every article and section of the magazine can be subscribed to via rss and commented on. same goes for just about anything else we do.



-forums and collaborative how-tos. we just launched forums on MAKE, so far so good and make.instructables.com - so anyone can share their how-tos and projects.



-mobile, we use WINK, they make a mobile verison of our site. we also deliver the site via AIM, so that works on phones too.



-blog, nothing new about blogging, but not everyone who publishes a magazine has something for their audience 10/20 times+ a day to check out. if it works out, online advertising and direct sales could work for publishers.



-MAKEbot, an instant message bot that gives you: news, events, forums, photos, bookmarks, search and just about all of MAKE via instant message.



-audio and video, we have a pretty popular itunes feed and try our best to get good audio and video that our readers like. we send out video how-tos, enhanced podcasts, audio, PDFs and more and more movies lately. during macworld we used audioblog to "live podcast" via a phone, and flickred photos via wifi and evdo as we walked around the show floor. we'll also try out more video on more devices as they hit the market.



-meet ups, in the real world and virtual world. we do MAKE faires at tech conferences, and we're doing a stand alone one in april in california. we also have land in the virtual world (second life) and have a movie area, 3d version of MAKE to read and lots of things to do. we're on IRC, AIM, skype, gizmo and other systems for people to talk with us too.



-and of course make MAKE the best it can be, we're a thick mag full of meaty content, the technology efforts are interesting and seem to be working out for us, but it's because the magazine is solid.



-i suppose the last thing is be playful and passionate, sometimes i don't feel like some of the sites i read, or some of the magazines i buy have folks that are insanely passionate about their subject - i kinda want freaks.



phillip m. torrone
associate editor
MAKE magazine
http://www.makezine.com





















i forgot to add we have a digital edition - MAKE digital edition, every issue of MAKE can be read online, searched, anyone can read make from any computer, share with friends, print it out. it's not some weird DRM'ed to death PDF either. our digital edition is free with subscription and also has extra content.

i'm hoping more folks post where they think it's all going, or what they're working on.

we're also playing around with the idea of "reading lists" it's the stuff that dave winer is working on now. basically you'd subscribe to my list of sites i'm reading, and they'd change based on what's going on, for example - last week was ces and macworld, so i'd throw in some feeds for those and folks would get those delivered as well. i'll have a post about this soon - i'll watch the crisscross stuff for sure.

Joi,

Would you be so kind as to let me know why my comment about Crisscross removed from this page? As a combination of social networking and news it was relevant to the theme, especially as Thomas and Phillip had asked for other examples.

That was me. I regularly help Joi clean his blog of spam and your's got accidentally thrown in the many spam comments.

Thank you for your reply.

Crisscross is a large-scale news site currently covering U.S,. Japan and World news. Right now we are building an integrated social network that makes it fun for users to share and compare profile information, including their goals, favorites, places they want to go to, places they have lived in and other experiences. The social network extends the reach of the news and allows Crisscross to provide highly relevant content and advertising to the users.

We are in public beta now. please come by and see how we get on.

(Adriaan: I like the balloons. Nice idea.)

"That was me. I regularly help Joi clean his blog of spam and your's got accidentally thrown in the many spam comments."

Oh, so now I understand why, if you say anything remotely unflattering about Crampton, magically, your post comment disappears. This site was a lot more fun when Joi was the main writer, and did all the management. Now you've got various people editing comments? Now I remember why this blog is not in my feed anymore.

Don't be so oversensitive. We don't censor, we only clean out spam. It's unlikely a valid comment gets deleted, but it does happen once every 30 days.

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